Beatlemania is coming back to Heritage Sandy Springs’ Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn for Mother’s Day.
The Return, a Beatles tribute band, will kick off Heritage’s 23rd annual free spring/summer concert series May 12. The Griffin-based group last played at Concerts by the Springs in 2015.
Neither a member of The Return nor a Heritage representative were available for an interview with the Neighbor.
According to its website, The Return was founded in 1995, “when four young friends got together to play their favorite Beatles songs just for the fun of it.”
“It wasn’t long before they played in front of an audience at the request of a friend and as it turned out, were very well received,” the website stated. “That show—which was supposed to be a one-time thing--led to another gig, which led to another and so on until the band found themselves playing on a regular basis. They decided to go ahead and make it official. They named themselves the Roaches.”
The band eventually made its act more realistic and changed its name to The Return. It strives for such detailed authenticity as using exact replicas of the Beatles’ instruments, including Paul McCartney’s left-handed bass guitar, and note-for-note cover versions of the Fab Four’s hits.
It features Richard Stelling as John Lennon, Shane Landers as McCartney, Michael Fulop as George Harrison and Adam Thurston as Ringo Starr.
“With authentic stage gear, suits, boots, mop tops, and a set list packed full of No. 1 hits, their likeness to what you may have seen back in 1964 is incredible,” a news release stated.
The band has performed a private concert at Abbey Road Studios in London, England; appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles got their start; headlined the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ visit to Tokyo; performed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska; debuted its “Sgt. Peppers & Beyond” show in front of 10,000 fans in Hermosillo, Mexico; performed a live concert on XM Radio for the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first U.S. visit and more.
Concerts by the Springs will continue with Saved by the Band June 9, Departure July 14, Atlanta Brass Cats Aug. 11 and Band X Sept. 8. The bands chosen for the 2019 season offer a wide variety of musical genres, and the series offers something for all ages.
“I love the Concerts by the Springs,” Sandy Springs resident Teri Cloud said in a news release. “I see a lot of my neighbors and friends in the community and my kids love the concerts because they get to run around the springs and play. We even bring our dinner and drinks. The concerts are a wonderful, whole-family dance-the-night-away time.”
The Return’s concert runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and the gates open at 5 p.m., and though attendees are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, food and beverages will also be sold.
This year’s concert series will include a new Taproom Takeover component, where attendees can purchase tickets to get unlimited tastings of local breweries from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the first Takeover are $18.
Heritage Green is located at 6110 Blue Stone Road in Sandy Springs. For more information on the concert series or to purchase Taproom Takeover tickets, visit www.heritagesandysprings.org