Our regular followers know that not only have I had the chance to see these incredible guys perform, they have also all been guests here on The Gift for our week-long tribute to them. It was so much fun getting to know them through interviews then having the opportunity to meet with and hang out with them before and after the show they did here at the Century Casino last year. But this recent visit with them was even more meaningful...to all of us.
First, we got to see their theatre performance which, in my opinion, was even more amazing than when I saw them at the casino. Next, my kids finally got to meet Jody, and the rest of the guys, which was thrilling for my kids as they've been anticipating it for over a year (especially Jaimie). They were given a backstage tour, including getting to test out some Beatley instruments (I don't even have to TELL you how exciting THAT was for Xander!). And Jaimie had one of her dreams come true in getting to interview 'John' for her blog post day (Kevin? You are such a sweetheart.) The most important thing to me was that the whole evening had a warm, fuzzy family feel. And with everything going on in our family right now, that meant so much to me...and to the kids.
So, may I re-introduce to you The FAB Fourever by sharing our family's togetherness with Canada's top Beatles Tribute band.
My kids have had a year filled with Beatley goodness. Not only have they gotten to see three top notch Beatles tribute bands, they also got to see a Beatle LIVE: Paul McCartney! (That's a whole other post for our next MUSIC MANTRA Monday segment.) You all know how very important the Beatles are to me, and how I've made it a strong part of my kids' lives too. Jaimie is particularly touched by the lads and their music so I've always made sure to have it around. She's actually becoming more knowledgeable in all that is Beatles than I am!
In June, we had the pleasure of seeing the Scottish tribute band THEM BEATLES perform. That was Jaimie and Jordy's very first Beatles experience and those guys went out of their way to make the show special for my girls. In October, I finally got to share the RAIN experience with all four of my kids. They absolutely loved it (review to come very soon)! At the end of November, I gave my older girls the ULTIMATE Beatles experience by bringing them to see Macca! That is a night none of us will ever forget (watch for my review next week!). But ending the year with FAB Fourever topped the year of beautifully.
The guys were playing at the Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan--that's about a half-hour to forty-five minute drive from Edmonton (depending on who's doing the driving). It was a freaking cold night and snowing so I was worried what the driving conditions were going to be like. Fortunately, Steve was able to go with us so I knew we'd have a safe ride, otherwise we would have loaded up on the bus that goes directly there.
The kids had been looking forward to seeing them all week. As with all of their concert experiences, they planned out their outfits, made their poster and talked about nothing but Beatles for a week! On concert night we sang Beatles songs the entire roadtrip. We had no idea the exciting events that were in store for us.
Jaimie was over the moon excited because she had the opportunity to interview Kevin Davey, who plays John Lennon. She had her questions ready and rehearsed (and re-rehearsed) them all week and the whole carride. I mean, she has told anyone who'd listen to her that she had this huge interview. LOL! So sweet. When we got to the theatre, Jody (the band's Sir Paul) met us in the lobby to take Jaimie to meet with Kevin. Little did we know that he had a few things planned for us.
One thing about these guys, is that they are incredibly family oriented. Jody (who has three children close to my kids' ages) and Kevin (who has two about the same ages as my middle two) sacrifice a tremendous amount by going out on the road--they leave their precious families behind. So getting to meet and spend time with other families, especially kids, while out there is a beautiful thing. So when Jody took the kids on a tour of backstage...HOLY COW! They felt like VIP superstars!
|Xander in 7th Heaven with a cool Paul psychedelic guitar!|
(Jordy begging to hold the Paul guitar).
Then came the UBER exciting part! We got to go out on the stage and check out all the guitars!
|Jordy in 7th Heaven with a Paul guitar.|
|Jaimie in 7th Heaven with a John guitar!|
|Jody's incredible gift to my kids: singing Blackbird.|
After that, we gave hugs and high fives, then went out to wait to be let in for the show.
In a theatre setting like the Shell, there are no bad seats. Anywhere you sit you had a clear view of the stage. We were in the very last row of the floor seats and it was perfect. We could all see the entire stage and had room to dance. Xander was a little edgy but I knew as long as he had room to move, he'd be okay. During the introduction to the show we were told that we could go right up to the stage to dance if we wanted to (which we did after the Intermission).
|The kids' FAB FOUREVER poster.|
|On stage singing 'Yellow Submarine'.|
(Xander is behind Jaimie.)
|Holding up our lighter for Hey Jude.|
After every show, the guys do a Meet and Greet where they, as Kevin says, "Ruin a few t-shirts by writing on them." VERY cool. It gives the audience a chance to give feedback (which is so important in this line of work), and it gives the guys a chance to hang out with and chat with fellow Beatles fans. After all, that's why they do what they do. They are ultimate Beatles fans showing their love of them by keeping their music alive through performing.
We stood in line and the guys signed programs and the mini footballs Jody had given the kids earlier. Then before leaving, I took their picture with the FABs. Jaimie chose to stand in front of a Christmas tree that was shooting out snow. It was a special ending to a perfect night.
It took awhile to say goodbye...none of the kids wanted to leave. Honestly, I didn't either. That feeling that Fab Fourever left us with is why I love them so much. Because of what I do, I have met, interviewed and hung out with some pretty amazing people. And there are alot of Beatles tribute bands out there. But Jody, Kevin, Jean-Luc and Paul have something that very few others have: that genuine family energy that brings people together for music, laughter and fun no matter what else is going on around them. THAT is peace and love.
|The FABtastic Fab Fourever with my kiddos.|
Be sure to check these guys out on their website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. (Tell them Chynna and her family sent you.)
|A blurry Jody.|
|Paul (Ringo) and Kevin (John).|
|Abbey Road...Jody in bare feet. ;)|