It was February 1980, 10 months before the untimely death
of John Lennon, that Australia and possibly the world’s, first tribute show THE BEATNIX was conceived and produced by Tony Dean – founding member and now owner/manager.
Coming from a Show Band background, popular in the 1970’s and touring Australia wide, Tony was used to playing covers including Beatles, Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys, Hollies, Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Supertramp & Eagles, all great harmony groups, plus songs directly from the top twenty hit parade but then “Punk” came along and it was out of the question to play that style of music.
It was suggested we play more Beatles music, everybody loves The Beatles. From that simple suggestion Tony thought “lets play only Beatles songs”, hence the first tribute show was conceived.
Originally put together for a four week season in Perth, Western Australia, the shows proved so popular that after 18 months it was decided to make the move to Sydney where the show is now based and is available to travel worldwide.
The Beatnix Show includes fully authentic musical instruments identical to those used by The Beatles.
These include very rare and valuable guitars including;
George Harrison’s: Gretsch Country Gentleman, Rickenbacker 12 String & Gibson SG.
Paul McCartney’s: Hofner Violin Bass & Rickenbacker Bass.
John Lennon’s: Gibson Acoustic J160E, Rickenbacker 320 short-scale & Epiphone Casino.
Vox AC30 guitar amplifiers and a Vox AC50 bass amplifier with a T60 bass cabinet.
Ringo’s: Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl drum kit with Zildjian Cymbals.
We also have an authentic Sitar which we use occasionally but is very unstable in the tuning department under stage lights.