Heavy metal and Beatles hits come together in tribute show at Finnegan’s in Scranton on June 4
From a press release:
Beatle Metal Mania strives to bring something new to audiences while still respecting the great melodies that made the Fab Four famous.
They perform most of The Beatles’ greatest hits, including “Come Together,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Helter Skelter,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Hey Jude,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Ticket to Ride,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Day Tripper,” “Lucy in Sky With Diamonds,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and many more.
Unlike other tribute acts, Beatle Metal Mania does not attempt to look like The Beatles or to sound like the original recordings. Their live performances are not just reproductions of songs, but modernized interpretations that incorporate the popular style and flare of heavy metal music. Even the way they dress on stage, although inspired in part by The Beatles, is more akin to today’s metal artists.
Calling themselves “the evolution of the revolution,” the band is made up of four veteran musicians who have worked together to craft their own high-energy versions of Beatles classics, including Bloomsburg vocalist/guitarist J. Michael Plevyak, frontman of Central Pennsylvania progressive rock band Jonah Whale. Influenced by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, he has written, recorded, and produced six original albums with strong melodic hooks and powerful imagery.
His latest is an up-tempo, uplifting, and hard-hitting record titled “VI” that was released in 2020 and features some of Jonah Whale’s best “stomp dance metal,” such as the foot-tapping tracks “Pump It Up,” “Nothin’ Like This,” and “Ready Set Go.” Along with the heavy single “Zero to Love,” the album also offers soaring melodic ballads like “She Moves Like the Wind” and “Do You Remember Me,” along with “My Tattoo,” an intimate blues ballad with skillfully crafted lyrics delivered by one of Plevyak’s best vocal performances. Other standout songs include “Let’s Get Loud” and “Raise Your Hands.”
Doors at Finnegan’s (514 Ash St., Scranton) open at 5 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $10, are on sale now at the bar. For more details, visit the Facebook event page or call the venue at 570-800-1114.
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.