On a freezing mid winter’s day in London, 1969, The Beatles gave their last ever live performance upon the rooftop of their Apple business headquarters in downtown Saville Row. With a makeshift rooftop stage, portable recording equipment, a bewildered crowd, the addition of Billy Preston on keys, and John and Ringo adorned in borrowed jackets, The Beatles’ Rooftop Concert became one of the most iconic live performances of all time.
Who could forget the passion of John Lennon singing Don’t Let Me Down, or Paul effortlessly delivering Get Back, or the raw guitar riffs of I’ve Got a Feeling and I Dig a Pony, along with the uptempo blues One After Nine o Nine. The Rooftop Concert saw The Beatles at their finest, live rock n roll with no overdubs or studio trickery. The most influential and best-known band of the twentieth century managed to spend 42 minutes performing upon their Apple business’ rooftop before the local constabulary intervened (politely) and requested that the equipment be turned off, and for the music come to an end.
Brisbane band, The Honey Sliders, now bring this treasured, and well-documented performance back to life. Each of the songs The Beatles’ played on that historic day, plus a selection of Fab Four tunes to clap your hands (or rattle your jewellery) along with. The Beatles’ creative output is an extraordinary documentation of the musical and personal evolution of the group and its individual members. Their music had a universal impact – not only on the way music was made, but also on society itself.
The Honey Sliders bring one their favourite albums back to life every year. More as a respectful homage than a tribute, they have created a legacy of live concerts that range from performing The Rolling Stones’ classic albums Sticky Fingers and Let it Bleed (featuring Tim Rogers), to The Band’s Last Waltz (with guests Bernard Fanning and Troy Cassar-Daley). They have played The Beatles’ timeless album Abbey Road, as well as the Easy Rider Soundtrack, Neil Young’s On the Beach, and more. Selling out venues with their interpretations of these influential albums, the Honey Sliders have become well respected for their musical dexterity, being able to successfully and skilfully navigate this pantheon of rock n roll.
The Honey Sliders are, Danny Widdicombe ( 3 x ARIA Award nominated The Wilson Pickers), Dan Mansfield (The Gin Club), Bos Borley (Resin Dogs) and Ben Carstens (Mexico City). Separately each of these musicians are well respected in the Australian music scene, but together they are known as one of the few bands in Australia that can turn their hands to such a dizzying array of musical styles and concepts.