Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 | midnight
A 1960s cover band known for its ripping renditions of Beatles pop and rock songs will debut at the Suncoast Casino & Hotel Friday to Sunday.
The Overtures have played major venues in Europe, and Las Vegas will be their first show state side, said Paul Stone, executive producer of the Bootleg Sixties Show starring The Overtures.
"It's a real coup for the Suncoast to get them."
The London band has played the famous Palladium Theatre and the O2 arena with Elton John on New Years Eve 2008. Stone said the band received one of its greatest compliments from Sir John:
"In GQ Magazine he called them the best tribute band in the world."
That was in the September 2006 issue of the men's magazine.
Lead guitarist Dennis Pugsley, a founding member, always wanted the band's first show to be in Las Vegas, Stone said. Their first day in town, Stone will be taking the band to see Cirque du Soleil's "Love" at The Mirage, which features Beatles songs. This is also a birthday treat for the band's drummer, Steve Phypers, who is turning 50 that week.
Stone said The Overtures work hard on creating an authentic 60s sound, which he hopes will bring the audience to their feet.
The Overtures will also cover songs from The Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, The Kinks and the Animals. They play more than 400 songs, including "Pretty Woman," "Ticket to Ride" and "I'm a Believer."
The Bootleg Sixties Show plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets are priced from $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 636-7075 or visiting Suncoastcasinos.com.
Becky Bosshart can be reached at 990-7748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.