To paraphrase the iconic lyrics "Well it was forty-three years ago today / Sergeant Peppertaught a band to play…" as one of the most influential rock albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released on June 2, 1967. Given the anniversary date, it is fitting that power pop progenitors Cheap Trick will bring their own interpretation of "Sgt. Pepper Live" to Paris Las Vegas for a limited engagement beginning June 11.
A Bill Edwards Presents Inc. production, the show is Cheap Trick's live celebration of the iconic and beloved Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Geoff Emerick, the renowned engineer of The Beatles' classic album, will supervise the audio production of "Sgt. Pepper Live." Emmy-award winning production designer Rene Lagler designed the sets that are evocative of the vivid rock 'n' roll era of the 1960s and include a 60'-wide by 12'-high elevated orchestra stage and three turn-table entranceways.
"We have created an energetic and spectacular interpretation of an album that was absolutely groundbreaking when it was released 43 years ago," said producer Bill Edwards. "These songs are known and loved by millions of people and Cheap Trick has captured the essence of 'Sgt. Pepper' in their unique style and recreated one of the most beloved and timeless musical works of modern times."
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the eighth studio album released by The Beatles. It took them 129 days to record. The album incorporated musical genres of jazz, rock 'n' roll, western classical and traditional Indian music, including the sitar. The Beatles never performed the album in its entirety due to the complex studio technology that was employed in the making of the album.
"Forty-three years ago today we released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a very special and now iconic album. Ten days from today the album will come to life in its entirety as never before presented in 'Sgt. Pepper Live' at Paris Las Vegas," said Geoff Emerick, producer and engineer of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and audio supervisor for "Sgt. Pepper Live." "I'm happy to be a part of this event and to revisit this celebrated music once again."
"Sgt. Pepper Live" allows Cheap Trick to incorporate their brand of power pop into the classic songs in a celebration of The Beatles' influential album. In addition to Cheap Trick, the show features an orchestra, an authentic Indian sitar band and a captivating experience of light and sound. Cheap Trick performs the entire album live as well as select Cheap Trick songs that lend themselves to orchestral arrangements.
Tickets to "Sgt. Pepper Live" featuring Cheap Trick are on sale now and may be purchased at the Paris Las Vegas box office or on-line at www.parislasvegas.com or www.sgtpepperlive.com or by calling 1.888.727.4758. For more information about the show visit www.sgtpepperlive.com or follow on Twitter @sgtpeppervegas or @parisvegas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sgtpepperlive.