The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary presented by Classic Albums Live
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important Rock & Roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest Rock & Roll group of all time.”
~Rolling Stone Magazine
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic album, Classic Albums Live will re-create the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band live, on stage – note for note, cut for cut, plus additional hits from the band’s celebrated catalogue.
It’s hard for us to understand how truly radical this album was in 1967. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was created as a “concept” album recorded in the studio by the Beatles after they announced their retirement from touring. They knew they would never perform the album live, so they had freedom to create sounds they knew could not be replicated in a stage performance. The album expanded the musical boundary-stretching already started by the Beatles with their album Revolver. Paul McCartney had the idea of creating a fictional concert by an Edwardian military band—Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They employed instruments from the East, and used the ability of sound technicians to shape the sound, a new concept for Rock. They also employed elements of vaudeville and music hall styles.
Named one of Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums of All time, it was a major hit from the time it was released and won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, the first Rock LP to receive this honor. It has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.
Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate touring group for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as “the world’s best musicians,” Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.