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RAIN tour recreates ‘Beatles’ experience

20130329 rainHIDALGO – Die-hard Beatles fans that can’t get enough of the band that changed the world’s music scene will have their chance to take a step back in time on April 11. RAIN will make a stop at State Farm Arena with their “Beatles Tribute.” The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

After a critically-acclaimed Broadway engagement, RAIN is sharing the experience in their 2013 tour. Fans can look forward to favorites such as “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and “Hard Day’s Night,” as well as studio-recorded songs the band never performed for audiences.

It takes exception talent to reach a critically-acclaimed performance level that affectionately recreates The Beatles’ iconic style. The band has mastered every song, note for note, and Mac Ruffing (Paul), Steve Landes (John), Douglas Cox (Ringo) and Tom Teeley (George) have recreated the experience down to the physical gestures and nuances in a performance that has been drawing audiences to their feet.

Ruffing (vocals, bass, piano, guitar) is right-handed but taught himself to play left-handed. Playing in original and cover bands, he was eventually touring worldwide and has now immersed himself in the Beatles onstage revival experience.

Landes (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, harmonica) is a lifelong, second generation Beatles fan who taught himself to play the guitar at age 10 by listening to Beatles records. At age 13, he was fronting a Top 40 cover band and at 17 joined Beatlemania touring the world with the show. He joined the existing RAIN band members in 1998. His career path has had him performing with Peter Noone, Joey Molland, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and taken him on acting gigs along the way.

Cox (drums, percussion, vocals) was born in Kansas City, but got to Texas as fast he could, where he was raised. Early on, he discovered Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, but his path was paved with the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.” He picked up the sticks and hasn’t put them down, travelling the world.

Teeley (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synth, sitar) is a native New Yorker, but Texas fans won’t hold that against him with his long list of credits. He made his stage debut as George Harrison in the original Beatlemania production and Dick Clarks’ Rock “N” Roll! The First 5000 Years. He’s performed with Joe Jackson, Sophie B Hawkins and Marshall Crenshaw and collaborated with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, The Monkees and Desmond Child.

Mark Beyer (keyboards, percussion) joins the band onstage with the keyboards. By age 12, Beyer was accepted into a local university music school and at 14 expanded to electronic keyboards and synthesizers and played professionally in a progressive rock band. His reputation now precedes him for his innate talent with the magic of creating electronic sound textures, sounds of exotic instruments and simulating full orchestras.

Ticket prices range from $37 to $52 and are available at ticket or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information or special accommodations, call the Arena box office at 843-6688.

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