Review - The Bootleg Beatles. Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

The Bootleg Beatles 2015
The Bootleg Beatles 2015

Of all the Beatles tribute acts around, and there are many, it’s fair to say The Bootleg Beatles are the best known - and for very good reason.

In this two hour show at the Alhambra in Dunfermline, they start - where else?! - at the very beginning at the group’s ‘Please, Please Me’ period and from there it’s a breakneck chronological romp right through the world’s most famous band’s history.

The Bootleg’s themselves have been going for 36 years, so naturally have changed members over the years. “John” is a relatively recent addition to the band and what strikes you straight away is his uncanny resemblance to the real thing. It’s genuinely staggering.

They change costume for the full on Beatlemania stage, don Sgt Pepper gear for the psychedelic period, before finally wearing somewhat scruffier attire for the Beatles’ latter days.

Film of the 60s as we move through the decade is cleverly woven into the set, and extra musicians add to the overall sound when required.

Nicely interspersed in amongst the monster hits that practically everyone in the country knows inside out, are some of the Fab Four’s perhaps lesser known tracks such as Motown cover ‘Please Mr Postman’ and ace 1966 b-side ‘Rain’, whilst another highlight is a stunning acoustic rendition of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

The set comes to an end with a mass sing-a-long to ‘Hey Jude’ before a final encore of ‘Twist and Shout’ brings the night to a close.

You’re left feeling as though you’ve gone on The Beatles’ journey with them and witnessed something quite special. They sound amazing throughout and are as close to real thing as you’re going to get nowadays.

Anothe thing to consider is all that amazing, groudbreaking music was recorded in just a seven year period. Think about it, that’s 2008 until now.

Quite unbelievable.