The year was 1964. Joyce Werley, a survivor of the 60s, was fourteen and on her way to her first Beatles concert.
“Everyone rushed the stage as soon as they started playing,” she recalls. “One girl actually jumped on Ringo… physically jumped on him!”
Werley remembers that everyone tried to get as close as they could to John and Paul, but her favorite was Ringo, so she went around to the back where there were less fans.
“They told everyone that they would stop the show if people didn’t get back in their seats, so we all sat down as quickly as possible.”
It was the beginning of Beatlemania, a craze over the British rock group that’s still rocking. Baton Rouge will get its own taste this week.
In honor of their fiftieth anniversary since coming to the U.S., the Beatles will take on perhaps their most eccentric audience yet in their reincarnated form: Yesterday.
Yesterday is a Beatles Tribute band out of Las Vegas that has played on five different continents including seven tours in Japan. They will play Friday at the LSU Union Theatre.
For some, it is an experience they will relive all in one night, as Yesterday impersonates The Beatles during the different eras of their musical journey. Yet others will go on the adventure for the first time, from the classy suits and ties, to the eye-catching patterns of the Yellow Submarine, and finally to their depressing decline, when four men realized they had out-grown one another.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $38 and $10 for students with an LSU ID. For more information, call (225) 578-5128 or visit www.uniontheater.lsu.edu.