When performing a musical tribute act, it’s not enough just to look like the musician.
It’s about all aspects of the artist, according to Tony Burlingame, from the look to the sound as well as mannerisms.
“Maybe I’m Amazed,” Burlingame’s tribute to the Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney, will appear 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Galion Community Theatre.
Burlingame has performed with the Beatles tribute band “The Fab Four” and will perform at the Cavern Club in London next year.
“I watched ‘Hard Days Night’ in 1975 when I was supposed to be doing homework,” Burlingame said by phone from his home near Marysville. “It blew me away. I traded in my science kit in sixth grade for a left-handed guitar.”
That started the left-handed bass guitarist’s musical career.
“I played a lot of classic rock before joining a Beatles tribute band in 2000 and have been playing McCartney tribute music for the past year,” Burlingame said. “I saw a Beatles tribute band play in Columbus and knew we could play it realistically and authentically. We wanted to give fans that experience.”
And when it comes to the Beatles, McCartney was an easy choice for Burlingame when he moved to become a solo tribute artist.
“He’s my favorite of the Beatles,” Burlingame said. “He’s a living legend. He was avant garde and the thinker of the band. He was always pushing boundaries.”
Burlingame said his shows feature hits from McCartney’s time with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist.
“We watch live footage of Paul so we can replicate his mannerisms, clothing and the way he says his syllables. We try to cover everything in terms of detail. For people, it’s more than just watching a band. People attach memories of their lives with the songs.”
General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are available for $25.
Call (800) 829-8457 or (614) 889-2989.