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Chicago Fest Day 2: Breakin' Every Rule
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Sunday, 08/16/09 12:36 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The second day of The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans with madman rocker, Mark Hudson, orchestrating a performance the fans will not soon forget. He opened his set with John Lennon's quirky "Everyone's Got Somethin' to Hide (Except Me 'n My Monkey), and then motioned world famous photographer, Allen Tannenbaum, to the stage for a surprise.

Seems Tannenbaum had phoned Hudson a few weeks earlier, requesting Lennon's favorite oldies hit, "Be Bop A Lula." He'd counted on Hudson performing the number for him. But tonight in Chicago, Hudson turned the tables: he handed Tennenbaum a guitar, and told him to perform the number himself...with Hudson and the rockin' Beatles tribute band, Liverpool, playin' right along. It was breakin' the rules, but it worked.

Then, in an unannounced tribute to Michael Jackson, Hudson performed with Liverpool to do both "Say, Say, Say," and "The Girl Is Mine" in medley. The McCartney-Jackson link brought fans to their feet as they sang along with the two sentimental favorites.

Fest organizer Mark Lapidos with Mark Hudson

But the greatest cheers of the night came when Hudson summoned to the stage "the only man he ever loved," his brother, Brett. Brett, who is in remission from cancer looked as great as he says he feels. Brett played a mean guitar on both "Long Tall Sally," and "Working Class Hero," while Mark issued vocals that would've made The Beatles give him a standing O.

The traditional closing song, "Hey Jude" brought us all to the stage for the descant, "All We Are Saying is Give Peace A Chance." Mark and Carol Lapidos, DJ Terri Hemmert, Martin Lewis, Allen Tannenbaum, Bruce Spizer, the incredible Ronnie Spector, the entire loveable Fest Staff, the guest musicians Earl Slick and Greg Hawkes, and I all chanted the familiar phrases we'd love for all these years.

All, in all, the concert was a rule-breaker, but it was phenomenal. How can Day 3 begin to top Day 2? Hard to imagine. Stay tuned...it's Sunday, but at the Fest, it's not a day of rest.


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