June 15, 2013 – Day 694
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Another aspect to the music scene (and one I have not written about before) in Peru’s capital city is the thriving world of cover bands. Also known as tribute bands, one can buy tickets for these performances honoring the musical styles of Bob Marley to Madonna to U2 to Radiohead.
Tonight, on this Saturday evening, is an act that appears to combine the two. In honor of the 71st birthday of singer / songwriter (and left-handed person) Paul McCartney, there is a musical act coming to the City of Kings to embrace the music of the Beatles. In one sense, this performance is a tribute band honoring the Fab Four.
Nothing new there as there have been tribute bands to the lads from Liverpool before.
What was different was who was leading this night’s performance.
His name is Pete Best and he was the drummer for the Beatles before Ringo Starr.
To me, Best’s band appears to be the intersection of a tribute band and a musical act.
This place never ceases to me amaze me.
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Over the course of this blog, I have had a quartet of goals during my stay in Peru. The first three (originally written about here) were…
a) Come home in one piece
b) Have fun
c) Avoid sparking an international incident
As for “a”, knock on wood, I am a few days away from achieving that accomplishment.
As for “b”, I have satisfied that goal in buckets as I have travelled to Machu Picchu, an amusement park, a park, and rode a sandboard…just to name a few.
As for “c”, a thorough query of any Internet search engine produces no hits on my name and the phrase “international incident”, so I call that a success.
My fourth goal deals with Bert. That’s the name I gave to the cactus I wrote about during my fifth day in Lima. Back then, I wrote that my task was to ensure that Bert stays alive during my stay.
Nearly 700 days later, I am pleased to announce that…
…Bert has survived my black thumb.
(If there is any botanist in my audience who can disprove my assertion based on the visual evidence provided above, please let me know.)