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Beatles tribute band to perform at the Corn Palace

Members of The Abbey Road Band from left are, Mark Theissen, Don Lerdal, Monte Madison and Tony Johnson. The Beatles tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace. (Photo courtesy of The Abbey Road Band)

The unforgettable sound of legendary 1960s rock group The Beatles will be brought back to life this weekend.

The Abbey Road Band, a Beatles tribute group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace. The show is part of the Mitchell Area Concert Association's 2010-2011 concert series. Tickets are $25 and available at the door for those who have not purchased a year-long membership.

Based out of Rapid City, The Abbey Road Band began performing The Beatles' classic hits 10 years ago.

"Our hope is to take a lot of folks back in time," said Monte Madison, whose stage persona is that of Paul McCartney.

The band is comprised of Madison; Tony Johnson, the drummer playing the part of Ringo Starr; Mark Theissen, who sings as John Lennon and works the keyboards and bass guitar; and Don Lerdal, the lead guitarist and the persona of George Harrison.

Although the band began touring in 2002, Madison said the group was 30 years in the making.

"People would tell me, 'You can't do Beatles (music) and do it justice,'" he said. "Eventually, I found enough people that would believe in it. The rest is history."

Aside from the love of playing music, each of the bandmates shares a love of Beatles music.

The foursome had to recreate the sound of The Beatles through singing and playing. No costumes are worn; the effect of the Beatles music comes simply from the vocals and the music.

But that's enough for the crowd. Madison said it's amazing how the crowd reacts to the lyrics and sounds of The Beatles.

"It's The Beatles. It's the magic of their music," he said.

"We are musicians because of The Beatles. There's something that happened when I first saw them that made me want to do this."