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Review: Wings fly high over Harlow Playhouse

Harlow Playhouse / Mon 27th Apr 2015 am30 11:22am

By Sue Wood

ALTHOUGH not a full house, we were anticipating a good night of Beatles and Wings songs and that is what happened. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was looking forward to finding out if Wings over Abbey Road were a tribute band or taking influences from the music that they love. They started with Come Together and continued the evening playing songs that were personal favourites to the group. Each time the band appear on stage they have made changes to their set having started with just performing the Abbey Road album but realising from feedback from the audience that they needed to add songs and have included a Beatles Medley that has not been recorded before.

Each band member was introduced through the evening with anecdotes about why songs had been chosen and how they came together as a band. Here you understand the admiration for Paul McCartney which was shared by the audience and how Paul moved on from The Beatles to form Wings with his wife Linda.

It wasn’t an evening of dancing in the aisles but an appreciation of the genius of the Beatles. After the show the group came and met members of the audience who were able to thank them for a wonderful evening and chat about their own love for the Beatles and their songs. Three members of the band have appeared as Desperado which they explained is an Eagles tribute band and they are now looking to take Wings over Abbey Road to more audiences and theatres. It is one thing to play and sing the songs of such an iconic band but there is a lot of pressure on them to do this in front of a live audience. As they stated “rehearsing is one thing, performing is another.” Well they succeeded in managing to do this very well at Harlow Playhouse.

Wings over Abbey Road are a Midlands based band and will be performing at O’Neill’s in Birmingham on Saturday 16 May 2015.

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