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Relive Beatle mania

Revolution, A beatles tribute band, will perform Friday in the Historic Holmes Theatre.

"You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world..."

For many people, the music of The Beatles did just that.

If you were one of them, and would like to experience that music live once again -- or, perhaps, for the first time -- then you might want to buy a ticket for this Friday's performance by Revolution, the leading Beatles tribute band.

Revolution will take the stage at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

Since its beginnings as a national touring act in 1989, Revolution has grown to have a following all its own, and has performed on stage with everyone from Melissa Etheridge to The Beach Boys and Herman's Hermits.

Founding member Tim Piper, who plays the role of John Lennon, said that recreating the Beatles' music has become a "life's work" for him.

"I never get bored," he said. "Whether it's working on a new track or whatever, within the range of what we do there's always something new and different and challenging."

The most difficult part of what they do, Piper said, is the travel.

"Just to get from here to there, that's the hard part," he said.

The fun part, of course, is the performing -- especially in front of a live audience.

"The performance is always uplifting, and that's what it's all about," he said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to bring this music to people in a live format.

"We're recreating this iconic group that still reverberates in our hearts and minds."

It's also fun for them to perform for people who never had a chance to feel what it was like to hear the Beatles' music live, Piper said.

Though the basic format of their show stays the same, Piper said, "We'll switch around the songs or slip in something they might not expect.

"I think we bring the spirit of the Beatles into our performance, and that's what makes it seem spontaneous. It feels like you're at a Beatles concert."

Country Kitchen will be hosting a pre-party dinner in the Holmes Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $5. Bleachers Bar & Grill will be providing drinks.

Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults, $15 for students, and can be purchased by visiting the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., online at, or by calling 218-844-SHOW (7469).

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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