Badfinger Tribute Show Scheduled for Sat. April 30, 2016
“No Matter What,” a tribute to the iconic British band Badfinger, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 8:00 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland, VA. The show will feature members of the Hullabaloos, The Taters, The NEAtLES and other Richmond, VA bands performing Badfinger hits and deep cuts. An on-air appearance by the musicians will occur Saturday, April 16th at 1 PM on WRIR 97.3 FM.
Badfinger was one of the greatest power pop bands of all time. Signed by the Beatles
to their Apple label in 1968, the group released hits like “Maybe Tomorrow,” “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Without You” and “Baby Blue” before breaking up in 1974.
With their impeccable Abbey Road sound, and their first hit written by Paul McCartney, Badfinger’s work is considered musical perfection. George Harrison helped produce the group’s third album and played slide guitar on the hit “Day After Day.” Band members also appeared on several of the Beatles’ solo albums, including “All Things Must Pass” “Imagine,” and “Concert for Bangladesh.” George Martin arranged the strings on one of their songs on their first album, “Carry On Til Tomorrow,” and it was produced by Paul McCartney.
Brooke Saunders, who is organizing the tribute show, met Mike Gibbins, the drummer for Badfinger, while traveling in 1977. “I was in England for a family reunion and afterwards went to Swansea, Wales, and met Pete Ham’s brother, John, and Mike Gibbins,” says Saunders. “I spent a week there getting to know Mike and various people associated with Badfinger. Mike gave me a quarter-inch tape of their last, unreleased album, “Head First,” and five rare photographs.”
“One of my best moments was strumming a few chords on Pete’s guitars,” adds Saunders. “His iconic SG – was given to him by George Harrison, who had used it on Revolver, plus John Lennon played it on The White Album. Mike and I kept in touch for a while, and I was eventually able to meet Tom Evans and Joey Molland, who has played in Richmond on occasion.”
The show will include nearly 30 Badfinger songs, plus other tunes from Beatles solo projects on which band members played, including “My Sweet Lord” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” Ashland Coffee and Tea will feature Welsh rarebit and leeks on its menu.
Musicians scheduled for the project include Gary Eaton, Brooke Saunders, Rolfe Trimble, Harry Gore, Susan Stewart, Calvin Cecil, Vernon Knight, Mason Mills, Miles Johnston, Beth Tubb, Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, Greg Marrs and Chris Mendez.
Please contact Brooke Saunders at 804-236-6869 or email@example.com
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