Two years ago, at the age of 23, Newcastle-born Adam Hastings graduated from the Fab Four tribute band he'd set up himself while studying jazz at Leeds University, to the premier league - bagging the role of John Lennon in the legendary Bootleg
Adam Hastings, 23, will join the Bootleg
Beatles when Neil Harrison retires.
As well as the fact that the Bootlegs
have been together three times longer than the real thing, the other quirk is the chance to hear songs that The Beatles themselves never played live, having quit touring in 1966: "I met George Harrison at Dave Gilmour's 50th birthday party," Neil recalls.
Bands may come and go, but the reaction the Bootlegs
get shows the Beatles still have plenty to offer 21st century music fans.
TRIBUTE act The Bootleg
Beatles are gearing up to 'Help
The Sergeant Pepper's phase is where the Bootlegs
really come into their own as the costumes and the faces truly match the music of the time.
Beatles' answer to the late George Harrison, Andre Barreau, said taking to the stage in Cardiff two days after his death was "difficult but uplifting.
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The QB lets the fullback and halfback clear, makes a very good, deliberate fake to the tailback, then bootlegs
and looks for receivers.
For the 2000 tour we didn't get a chance to master and release the bootlegs
until the end of each leg of the tour," said Tim Bierman, Pearl Jam's Ten Club manager.
Adam joined the band for its first two corporate gigs last week but said he was "really, really excited" about the forthcoming exhaustive tour, which will see him performing at Newcastle City Hall - where the Bootlegs
have performed frequently and where the Beatles also appeared - on Saturday, December 17.
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SWOOP Police have smashed a bootleg
DVD ring in Aston and the Jewellery Quarter.
The man who popularised Zane Lowe, Kasabian, Bootlegs
You can buy the bootlegs
of the Harry Smith shows - all 55 hours.
But you can't help feeling uplifted listening to the Bootlegs