Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Promoter to Hold Beatles Tributes Sept. 5-14

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Promoter to Hold Beatles Tributes Sept. 5-14

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To this day, Pat DiCesare says, "People call me 'the guy who brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh.' "

Of course, he would bring thousands of other artists to Pittsburgh over the course of his 30-plus years as a promoter, but the big catch and the one that launched his career was luring the Fab Four to the Civic Arena on Sept. 14, 1964.

To commemorate that landmark event, Mr. DiCesare has set aside Sept. 5-14 as The Beatles 50th Anniversary Week.

The main event, announced during a press conference Monday at the Benedum, will be a tribute concert on Sept. 13 at the Benedum featuring Beatlemania Now, which in February was chosen to re-enact the Beatles' first American concert at the Washington Coliseum. It does the full Beatles catalog, but he wants the group to stick to 1964-65, "because this is not about 'Sgt. Pepper' and the psychedelic stuff. This is about when they were a pure rock 'n' roll band."

To acknowledge the Beatles' American influences, the show also will feature tribute acts for Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. "These were the greatest acts of the '50s," Mr. DiCesare says, "and I was never able to get them on a show."

Also that week:

? Mr. DiCesare will introduce his memoir, "Hard Days, Hard Nights" (coming Aug. 29), recounting his more than 40 years as a promoter. "It took me 15 years to write this thing," he says. "I had over 1,000 pages. The publisher wanted fewer than 300, so Vol. 2 and 3 are in the works."

? A Beatles film festival will screen the classics "Help," "A Hard Day's Night," "Yellow Submarine" and "The Girl Can't Help It."

? "The Beatles Rock Art Show," a traveling art exhibit of more than 150 framed drawings and paintings, animation cels, album art, etc., will be on display Sept. 5-7. It also will highlight Ron Campbell, an artist and animator of the "Yellow Submarine" movie and Beatles cartoon series. …

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