Audiences are generally pretty kind at the Hollywood Bowl. Maybe it’s the free flowing BYO wine, maybe it’s the sultry summer evenings, maybe folks just don’t want to admit they wasted $40. Whatever the reason, even lackluster Bowl shows don’t generally garner an outright angry response. Until this weekend.
All summer the Hollywood Bowl has been hyping The Beatles 50th at the Bowl, a Beatles tribute show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing…wait for it…the Hollywood Bowl. For a long time the official description was something like “Ringmaster Dave Stewart plus special guests!” Turns out the special guests were mostly Dave Stewart’s kids, and also Billy Ray Cyrus.
I repeat, a tribute to the most beloved band of all time in the entertainment capital of the world where vast numbers of exceptional musicians reside and/or are in town for the VMAs had, for its all-star lineup, Dave Stewart’s kids and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Except for some stray “Billy Ray Cyrus rocked it” type comments and a few kind tweets for Mary Lambert, Martina McBride and Liv Warfield (whose appearances were all too brief, apparently), the twitter response to the Hollywood Bowl Beatles tribute was fast and furious. We cherry picked a few of our favorite, funniest tweets below.
Listening to Dave Stewart’s kids take the Beatles catalogue out behind the shed at the #hollywoodbowl
— Seth (@SethCarleton) August 23, 2014
All you need is love to perform the Beatles at #hollywoodbowl but it would help if you were qualified beyond being Dave Stewart’s offspring.
— Mike Schiff (@SchiffyM) August 23, 2014
Need 17,000 screaming teenage girls stat to flood out Dave Stewart’s borderline tone-deaf Beatles 50th anniversary at @HollywoodBowl.
— Mary Melton (@MaryMeltonLA) August 23, 2014
— Alisha Gaddis (@LadyTimeAlisha) August 23, 2014
— tamar asken (@TamarAsken) August 23, 2014
— Daily Hot Guy (@dailyhotguy) August 24, 2014
— Sarah Monson (@Bitchlorette) August 24, 2014
Bob Eubanks sings better Beatles than this #hollywoodbowl
— LAchild (@LAchild) August 23, 2014
— Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) August 24, 2014
— Edmo (@EdmoSound) August 23, 2014
— noa[H] (@dove_sender) August 23, 2014
— PJHUME (@PJHUME) August 23, 2014
Overheard: “Next week, they make me hate Woodstock” #hollywoodbowl
— Rory Miller (@captbandwagon) August 23, 2014
I think the takeaway here is: you do NOT mess with The Beatles.
Anyone out there go to one of the Hollywood Bowl Beatles tribute shows this weekend? What did you think? Is this cruel yet hilarious collection of tweets a fair representation, or was the show not that bad?