Rain bringing ‘fresh look’ to Schuster in trip down Abbey Road

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, (left to right) Paul Curatolo, Alastar McNeil, Aaron Chiazza and Steve Landes, performs in Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
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Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, (left to right) Paul Curatolo, Alastar McNeil, Aaron Chiazza and Steve Landes, performs in Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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Beatles tribute plays ‘Abbey Road’ and more

When you’re performing songs by one of the greatest acts in the history of the recording industry, there aren’t many musical changes to make. However, the industrious lads in Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, performing at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 27, keep finding ways to update some of the show’s visual components.

This aspect is incredibly important since Rain is much more than a band. The outfit, Paul Curatolo (vocals, bass, piano, guitar), Steve Landes (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, harmonica), Alastar McNeil (vocals, lead guitar) and Aaron Chiazza (drums, percussion, vocals), presents an immersive theatrical stage show with costume changes, video and light displays.

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“We fine-tuned everything,” Curatolo said. “We stepped into the 21st century with our show with massive LED walls. We have this fresh look with the digital backgrounds that change almost song-to-song. They move and play video content. Everything is new and updated. There are interactive sets so the audience can get involved. It fully immerses them into the show. It’s like standing in the album.”

Rain’s current touring show is “The Best of ‘Abbey Road’ Performed Live,” but the program also includes material from various stages of the Beatles’ career.

“We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Abbey Road’ right now,” Curatolo said. “We put a highlight on it by playing a Best Of from that album within our show, which is kind of like a story of the Beatles through their most iconic performances, outfits and albums.”

Paul Curatolo, the Paul of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, brings the multi-media outfit to town for a Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 27. CONTRIBUTED
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Paul Curatolo, the Paul of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, brings the multi-media outfit to town for a Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 27. CONTRIBUTED

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“Let It Be” (1970) was the final album released by the Beatles but it was actually recorded before “Abbey Road” (1969), which was recorded and released while the “Let It Be” documentary was being completed.

“It really is such an amazing farewell from a band who impacted the world so much in such a short period of time,” Curatolo said. “It’s funny, they were actually going to call the album, ‘Everest,’ which makes so much sense because they used everything they’d learned together.

“They took all that innovative technology, all the songwriting skills they had acquired and matured into, and they put it all together,” Curatolo continued. “As a band, they kind of knew it was drawing to an end. The album plays out with such emotion and it’s so well-articulated so it’s such a pleasure to play it.”

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That combination of talent and skill is the reason, the songs of the Beatles continue to connect with music fans young and old 51 years after the band’s demise.

“It’s great to see their music hasn’t lost its potency,” Curatolo said. “It’s really impressive. There are always new people coming up to discover it as well. I’m 32 and I’m seeing, not just my generation but the younger generation has really taken a liking to the Beatles with this newfound love for vinyl records and collecting and listening to it via analog.

“The Beatles has really made an impact on that generation’s counterculture as well,” Curatolo added. “That just proves how timeless this music is.”

Contact this contributing writer at 937-287-6139 or e-mail at donthrasher100@gmail.com.

HOW TO GO

What: The Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series presents Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles in “The Best of ‘Abbey Road’ Performed Live”

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27

Cost: $23-$59

More info: 937-228-3630 or www.daytonlive.org

Artist info: raintribute.com

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