This Beatles Lyric sums it all up for me. I once saw Paul McCartney give an interview and he said that he almost cut it out from “Hey Jude”, but John stopped him. John said “It’s the best line in it, man! I know what it means!”. Paul then said that it meant “You have the way with all to be whatever you want to be!”
I was born in Albuquerque, NM on March 1, 1978. My parents named me after the song “Hey Jude”! I think I became a fan immediately – we have footage of me dancing in my diapers to Beatles records. I was only 2 years old when John Lennon was shot – My parents had to keep shutting off the TV because they didn’t want me to find out what happened to him. It was such a senseless tragedy…He had his entire life ahead of him! My entire family contributed to the early stages of “Beatlemania” – My dad would trick me into eating omelets with pepper on them. I thought pepper was too spicy! He would grab the “Sgt Pepper” album and say “Look Jude, The Beatles ate pepper!” So, I would finish my breakfast! My mom would dress me up as a Beatle for talent shows and would help me and my friends lip synch to Beatles songs. My grandma would take me on the bus on the weekends to buy Beatles albums from “Merlin’s Record Workshop” and our local flea market. I have memories of performing for my family on my grandparents porch, talking in a British accent and then all the neighborhood kids would come to watch me.
On June 14, 2001, I got to Meet Paul McCartney in Beverly Hills – it was truly a dream come true! I gave him an EP of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel”. I think that was the most nervous that I’ve ever been in my life! A few months before that, I saw Ringo Starr in Detroit and he talked to me from the stage. It’s crazy meeting your heroes!
Shortly after my grandma passed, I had this idea of creating a Beatles Tribute Band. I tried it once in 2010 and I didn’t have much luck finding good people. But, in 2014 I decided to try it again, so I bought all the instruments, costumes and sound – and, here we are!
How does it feel to be John on stage?
Amazing! You look in the mirror with the costume and the Rickenbacker, and you see the guy you wanted to be “when you grew up”!
How do you prepare for a show?
Usually a game of Mario Kart! I love throwing the little red shells at the monsters! Just kidding…we usually do a “Beatle Huddle”! We say a prayer, get into the mind of the character we’re playing, and BAM! Showtime! It’s a trick I learned from when I was a stand in for John Travolta. He always gets into the mind of his characters – that’s why he’s so successful!
Tomorrow never knows. “This Beatles lyric really speaks to me because I’m going into philosophy.”
Play this game ‘existence’ to the end. “Even when the Beatles were at the top of their game, having all that power, they still thought about these things that ordinary men and women think about. They were the same as everyone else.”
Born in on 4/27/1995, Carlos Chavez (“Paul McCartny”) left his birth place Montclair, CA to grow up under the sunny skies of Taos, NM. A full-time undergrad student (philosophy) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the Beatles influence on him in a “really big way” motivated him to join Twist and Shout as a tribute to them. “My dad Alex listened to jazz, so I listened to Lou Armstrong, Led Zeppelin, and classic rock. I don’t listen to much current stuff, mostly 60’s and 70’s.”
How does a bit of the Beatles live in Carlos’s everyday life? “I constantly have a Beatles earworm running in my head! When I’m bussing tables (at the Range Cafe), I’ll be humming a Beatles tune. I try to remember their positive messages or lyrics that make me feel more calm.”
As “Paul” on stage, “A lot of people pay attention to me, so it’s hard, but it gives me more confidence. It’s like putting the mask on and people see Paul, not Carlos.”
“To prepare for the stage, I talk to myself in the Liverpool accent to trick myself into thinking I’m “Paul.” While driving to a gig, I’m talking in the accent!”
“There are places I remember
All my life though some have change
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”
This Beatles lyric means a lot to me. Change can be very sudden, and difficult to welcome. It can hurt a lot, but also reward you in its own way.
I was born in Athens, Greece on August 11th 1994. Shortly after my birth, my family moved to Toronto, Canada. Growing up in Toronto, I was surrounded by all sorts of music, especially classical. I learned the violin, and in high school got the chance to play in a strings orchestra. But, as time went on I gradually became more drawn to rock music. This growing affection for rock lead me to ditch the violin for a guitar. The strong bond I have with my mom is what brought me to Albuquerque after she had moved here a couple of years prior. Now, I am studying communications at CNM, and will be transferring to UNM next semester. I learned about Twist and Shout after meeting Jude and talking about our shared interest in the Beatles. At first I didn’t think I could pull off being George, but after getting to know the guys and developing friendships with them, I knew I could do it.
Wherever I am during the day and whatever I may be doing, a Beatles song always enters my mind, and whenever that happens, I immedietly feel better.
How does it feel to be George on stage?
It feels awesome! There’s nothing quite like playing George’s guitar parts on the Gretsch Country Gentleman and plus I now have an excuse to be quiet
To prepare for a show, I try to practice as much as I can
Former music educator and jazz band director at Monterey Peninsula College, “This Boy” completes the magic of “Twist & Shout”! Marty Bartoli is the closest to Ringo Starr that you can get! From “Boys” to “Act Naturally” to “Yellow Submarine”, Marty’s voice, mannerisms, and chops will make you feel like if Ringo is in the room with you!