FRANKFORT, KY – The McCartney Years, a tribute act that faithfully recreates the mid-70s concert experience of the legendary Paul McCartney and Wings, will perform at the Grand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
Billed as the world’s No. 1 tribute act of its kind, The McCartney Years has won critical acclaim for its accuracy. Even promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought The Beatles to America, said, “This is the most astounding and accurate vocal representation I’ve heard in years.”
The McCartney Years is a three-hour show that features many of McCartney’s biggest hits with The Beatles, along with beloved songs from his prolific solo career, including his collaboration with Wings. Albums such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Abbey Road” will be reflected in the set list, as will Wings and solo albums such as “Rock Show” and “Wings Over America.” Drawing from a catalog of more than 250 songs, The McCartney Years performs standards such as “The Long and Winding Road,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Jet.”
The group’s producer and front man is Yuri Pool, a native of Holland. Pool is meticulous in presenting a show employing period instruments and costumes. He was a long-time performer in Beatles tribute groups before founding “The McCartney Years.” Pool portrays McCartney by singing lead vocals and playing bass, guitar and piano.
Laura Gagnon of Ontario, Canada portrays Linda McCartney on keyboards, percussion and vocals. She has two albums to her credit, and is an accomplished songwriter.
The role of Wings guitarist Denny Laine is played by David Usselman. A multi-instrumentalist, Usselman teaches music in London, Ontario, when he is not touring with The McCartney Years.
Braden DeCooman is a guitarist and percussionist. He has been playing guitar since 1999 and performs with a popular band in the Norwich, Ontario, area.
The McCartney Years’ drummer is Dean McKey, portraying Wings’ Joe English. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, McKey has been active in a critically acclaimed group called Neverending White Lights.
Filling out the group is vocalist and keyboard player Hubert Orlowski. Born to parents who were rock musicians in his native Warsaw, Poland, Orlowski now teaches music in London, Ontario, when he is not collaborating in The McCartney Years.
Tickets for The McCartney Years are $20, $25 and $30 and may be purchased online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or by contacting the box office weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 352-7469. At press time, tickets remained available at all price levels.