"BACKBEAT is one of THE great rock'n'roll movies ever. Chris O'Neill (George Harrison) shows he is as charismatic on stage as he is on screen" Empire.
The Beatles tribute band was formed in 1994 by musician/ /actor/singer songwriter Chris O'Neill inspired by his successful acting performance in the BAFTA Award winning Beatle film 'BACKBEAT'. The lads, who are from the Liverpool area, have long shared a mutual admiration for The Beatles and had played alongside Chris in other bands previously.
Following numerous TV appearances and a country wide P.A. tour they were snapped up to appear in the highly successful 'Ultimate Tribute Show' toured major UK theatres and cities.
With their popularity increasing, they embarked on numerous UK and European tours of major venues including their own complete history of the Beatles show and many TV appearances. They also performed in the "Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Show" which toured UK theatres and featured an amazing lightshow along with animations.
The Backbeat Beatles are undoubtedly the best Beatles tribute band on the circuit and have built up an unrivalled reputation. They performed at the Sporting Club of Monaco for the Forte International Hotels Conference, where they were received exceptionally well. The manager of the Sporting Club said they were the first band he has asked to do an encore in fifteen years! This is remarkable when you consider that top international stars have played there.
Chris was involved with setting up the Beatles Day charity which celebrated the homecoming of the Beatles to Liverpool from America in 1964. The event was staged in many cities around the world, culminating in the Backbeat Beatles headlining a fundraiser at Liverpool Echo Arena with Ricky Tomlinson and many original 60’s musicians. Beatles Day raised money for several children’s’ charities including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The Backbeat Beatles don't just give a Beatles history lesson by preaching about song release dates and repeating every quip John Lennon ever made like other tribute bands do, which often leads to a very flat show. They perform with an energy and spontaneity that makes for a fun, enjoyable evening for everyone involved.
The Backbeat Beatles and Chris O'Neill himself have also been the subject of several articles in the press which are available to view on the media page.