Beatlemania for a good cause

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Beatlemania for a good cause

Christmas time is here again, and Clydes in Pointe Claire will come alive this Saturday to the sounds of the Beatles. Well, almost. Replay The Beatles, a cover band for the biggest rock sensation of the 60s, is hoping to raise funds to help out the Ste. Anne's Hospital Foundation. "We wanted to do something to give back to the community," said Ile Perrot resident John Oriettas, who throws a wig on and straps his bass to play Paul McCartney.

Oriettas, who drives by the Ste. Anne's Hospital for veterans everyday with his wife, said the place seemed a natural for him to donate to once he and his band mates settled on a West Island venue and decided to stick to a local charity.

He said it was also doubly appropriate, given Remembrance Day was only a few weeks ago, and Canadian men and women in the armed forces are even now engaged in war in Afghanistan. "These guys never really get a lot of support and attention," he said.

Replay the Beatles was started off in 2002 by Oriettas and his friends. According to Oriettas, the band is rather different from other Beatles cover groups in that each member really does look like one of the originals. "We sort of all resemble the person that we do," he said.

He estimated the band does up to 40 shows a year, keeping rather busy. The show at Clydes is a rare public appearance for Replay. Oriettas said audiences are inevitably surprised when they seem perform for the first time. "Everybody goes 'oh my god,' " he said.

However, asked if people actually mistake him for Paul McCartney, he laughed it off. "Only when I put my wig on," he said.

Tickets for the show are $15. At least a dollar from each sale will go to the foundation.

A fishbowl at the event will allow those present to donate more money if they so wish.

Clydes is at 286, Lakeshore Road, in Pointe Claire. The show starts at 8:30 p.m, and tickets are only sold at the door.

Organizations: The Beatles, Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Anne, Ile Perrot West Island Afghanistan Lakeshore Road

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