Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here,There and Everywhere with Bootlegs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here,There and Everywhere with Bootlegs

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"IN the last month, we've been to Russia, South America... I really can't remember everywhere we've been. I do know we're going to Kuala Lumpur on Friday though."

That's the life of a Bootleg Beatle folks.

Two years ago, at the age of 23, Newcastle-born Adam Hastings graduated from the Fab Four tribute band he'd set up himself while studying jazz at Leeds University, to the premier league - bagging the role of John Lennon in the legendary Bootleg Beatles. They also happened to be the first band a teenage Adam had seen live, having been taught the bass line to A Hard Day's Night when he was nine.

Replacing founder member of 31 years, Neil Harrison (who signed an autograph for the young Adam after the performance at Newcastle City Hall), Adam has enjoyed the "best kind of slog" over the past two years - travelling the world while faithfully helping to recreate the magic of the biggest band of all time.

"It doesn't leave much time for anything else really," he says during a rare few days off in his adopted home of Leeds.

"The UK tour pretty much takes out December then, in January, we usually go to the Philippines, and then half of March and April is back in the UK (usually including a slot at Glastonbury where the band went up against the original Rolling Stones this year), then it's Australia and Europe.

"All of your life is pretty taken up with Beatles, but I love it," says the now 26-year-old who grew up in Jesmond and Chester-le-Street, and is the son of a musician, George Hastings, the man responsible for the bass on the famous Pearl & Dean cinema theme.

"I'd done a bit of travelling before, but nowhere near this amount, especially in the last year," he continues.

"It has been mental. I'm a bit sick of aeroplanes, but it's still the best job I've ever had."

Known for their attention to detail and associated uncanny likeness to John, Paul, John and Ringo - including Liverpudlian accents for inbetween-song banter - the band, who were formed off the back of West End musical, Beatlemania, have been together three times as long as the original band, who only toured for three years at the height of their phenomenal fame. …

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