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'Beatlemania' Hits Eastern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- On February 9, 1964, 4 young men from Liverpool, England crossed the pond to the United States and changed music forever.
   
Of course we're talking about The Beatles. It's been five decades since they made that famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

I could remember my mom beside herself seeing all these screaming girls on TV, said Beatles fan Dean Ollendieck.

That's why it's so comforting to know that 50 years later they still sound great and they're still melting the hearts of screaming girls nationwide.

Steve, Ian, Joe and Aaron - better known as John, Paul, George, and Ringo- are the members of Rain, a Beatles Tribute band. The band made a stop in Cedar Falls on Sunday - on the 50th anniversary.

The four men don't just have to sound like the Beatles - they have to disappear into them.

There's a lot of people in the audience that have their favorite Beatle, so they're going to be watching you, said Ian, who portrays Paul McCartney. You have to have mannerisms; you have to have tones down.

Even to the keenest ear, it seems as if they're doing it right.

If you close your eyes, you swear you were listening to the Beatles, said fan Thomas Ryan.

The authenticity and accuracy of their performance is key. For many, the music not only shaped the past, but for people like Sonya and Dean Ollendieck - it also guided their future.

Of course the couple showed up to hear some of their favorites, but for them there's one song that stands out.

'I Want To Hold Your Hand' - because I was getting embraced with my wife at the time - so Im very passionate about their songs, Mr. Ollendieck said.

Rain says this is where the 'tribute' part of tribute band comes in. As they tour the country, they pay homage to the music that made people dance, scream, shoutand fall in love.

The music of the Beatles and the message of peace and love and togetherness - it really resonates with people all ages, said Steve, who portrays John Lennon. That's the best part for me.

If you're at home saying 'Help! I wasn't able to get tickets for Sundays concert!' don't let it get under your skin, there's another concert in Dubuque in April.
   
For more info, it's easy, all you need...is to head to http://www.raintribute.com/shows/dubuque
 
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