Classic Albums Live plays Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre Oct. 4-April 25
From a press release:
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut.
Coming to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Classic Albums Live will present The Beatles‘ “Abbey Road” on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.; “Led Zeppelin II” on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 8 p.m.; and Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” on Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m., presented by Scranton classic rock radio station Rock 107.
Tickets, which are $20, $25, and $35, plus fees, are on sale now and available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100.
For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 1960s and ’70s are being performed live in their entirety by some of the world’s greatest musicians.
“This has never been done before,” series producer Craig Martin said. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us, this is the music we grew up with – the soundtrack of our lives.”
Founded by Martin in 2003, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.
“All of our focus is put into the music,” Martin said. “We perform the works of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with the imitation or impersonation. The bands are big – upwards of 11 pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet – whatever it takes to get it right.”
Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” he noted, “finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang-on with every performance.”
Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher, and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.