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Beatles tribute band bound for Westminster

Though The Beatles haven’t graced the stage (or the rooftops) all together since their last concert in 1966, faux Fab Four tribute band The Return will perform in Westminster on Saturday with the hopes of bringing back some of that old Beatlemania.

The Return, a Beatles tribute band out of Georgia with nearly 24 years of experience, will be performing at the Carroll Arts Center Saturday, 91 W. Main St., Westminster on Oct. 13. The first show is at 3 p.m. and the second begins at 8 p.m.

The Carroll County Arts Council calls them "the most authentic Beatles tribute band in the world,” according to a release. "[They] will make you feel like you have traveled back in time as they perform songs from the Ed Sullivan era to the Sgt. Pepper years.”

Sponsored by Penguin Random House, tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for ages 25 and under or ages 60 and up. CCAC Members receive a 10 percent discount. They are available online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org or more information on ticket purchasing is available by calling 410-848-7272.

The Return makes a return to the Carroll Arts Center after playing the venue last fall.

“We had a blast,” said Michael Fulop, who plays the part of George Harrison. “The facility was great, the people who worked there were great, the crowd was awesome. We’re very excited about coming.”

The shows are aimed at Beatles fans of all ages and even music buffs who aren’t specifically Beatles fans. Fulop said that audience members will approach the band after their performance saying that they weren’t aware just how many Beatles songs they knew.

“It blows the mind how they were able to [put] out so many albums in a short time and every album felt fresh," he said. "Here we are in 2018 and it still feels that way."

According to the release, "The Return has succeeded in recreating the Beatles concert experience from the tiniest detail (John Lennon’s on-stage gum chewing) to the biggest, most expensive details (using exact replicas of the instruments and gear the Beatles used)."

Fulop said he first got into the Beatles as a young teenager when he was learning to play guitar and reading a lot of profiles in music magazines. He found that many of the guitar players he admired listed the Beatles as influences and figured they were the band to check out.

The Return’s shows pull together songs from many eras in the Beatles’ career, covering at least 25 in an evening.

One song that never fails to bring a crowd to its feet is “Twist and Shout,” an Isley Brothers song covered by the Beatles on their album “Please Please Me,” where legend tells John Lennon’s rough rock vocals were thanks to a throat-ripping case of the common cold.

“Once you play that song, it takes it to the next level," he said. "It's easy to dance to and it’s got the call and answer lyrics."

When audience members leave the concert, Fulop said he hopes the band can make them smile and create an escape from the bad things that may be happening in their lives.

"The Beatles talked about love more than anybody else," he added. "It's good to see people having a great time and taking them away from everything."

For more information on the concert, call 410-848-7272.

For more information on The Return, visit www.thereturnonline.com or search for them on Facebook.

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