The really big show aired Feb. 9, 1964, but the Fab Four still inspire tribute acts
He recalled the anticipation and excitement he and his siblings felt and the confusion expressed by his parents.
Landrock and the other members of Beatles tribute band "All Together Now" don't have long hair - at least not anymore - and they don't dress in costumes that make them resemble their iconic role models. Instead, they channel John, Paul, George and Ringo through their music, with a multimedia presentation providing the visuals.
Hilton and his All Together Now bandmates hope to show some footage from that performance during their own performance at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster tonight.
"Just because it was fun. I don't think there was any intention to form a band, but we became addicted," Landrock said. "We started with the early Beatles stuff and just evolved."
"It was daunting at first. I had such a huge responsibility to really to try to do my best to replicate perfection," Hilton said.
Landrock was born in Lancaster and used to see movies at the Rialto as a child, so he said it means a lot to him to be able to play in the restored theater with his relatives in the audience.
On Thursday, the theater also will host a free screening of the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night," with donations for the local food pantry being accepted.
Fuller said the popularity of the Beatles' performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is almost unbelievable now.
Hilton said the enduring message in Beatles music is of hope and love.
"That is a concept that people sometimes think is tacky or passé, but it's the truest message out there, and it's important, and every generation needs some love, and they need some hope, and Beatles music is there for them as they grow up and as they grow older," Hilton said.
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