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Imagine the Beatles Tribute celebrates 20 years
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/27/11 5:38 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It was 20 Years ago today, that Imagine went out to play, starting at clubs, restaurants, local events, private parties cruise ships, all the usual places an upcoming band would be expected to be performing at to learn its craft.

But Neil Burg of Imagine The Beatles Tribute says he never expected to perform for celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Tom Hanks, and on cruise ship lines like Royal Caribbean.

"I never knew we'd be performing for the clientele that we have performed for in the bands 20 year existence. It's been a dream come true for me personally ever since I saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964."

Imagine The Beatles Tribute

Since 1991, the band has had some of the great performers step in and play from the Original BeatleMania bands, including Richie Ray, Don Linares, Leslie Fradkin, Jimmy Pou, Tony Kishman, and Alan Le Boeuf. When Imagine played Tom Hank's 10th wedding anniversary party, Tom himself came up and sang "That Thing You Do" with the band.

Burg, who plays Ringo in the band, remembers, "After seeing that happen, Malissa Ethridge came up unexpectedly and sang Twist and Shout with the band. It was a great night to remember."

The legendary Tim Piper has been in and out of Imagine for the better part of 15 years, to continue doing his own John Lennon Tribute shows. Also Imagine's newest member/percussionist, inspiring new actress, Kim Calligaro, performed with the band for her first show last weekend, and did a fantastic job.

Imagine The Beatles Tribute performs in and around the Los Angeles area. For more information about the guys and their show, visit www.imaginingthebeatles.com.

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