Movie Monday: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
If you thought Across The Universe was a cool tribute to The Beatles, then sit back and let the evening go with The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, and a whole host of music icons performing the rock opera Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
[photogallerylink id=36853 align=left]Peter Frampton plays Billy Shears, the grandson of Sgt. Pepper who inherits his grandfather’s magic instruments and puts together his heartland band with the Henderson brothers (The Bee Gees). It isn’t long before the evil record label tempts the young musicians into selling out so that Big Disco can use the magic instruments for their own gain.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has to be seen to be believed. The movie is a hundred-minute music video with no dialogue other than narration by George Burns. Don’t expect a pure interpretation of The Beatles’ album, because the movie is more appropriately described as Disco Beatles.
When the movie came out in 1978, Saturday Night Live star Steve Martin had just released his comedy album A Wild And Crazy Guy, getting him a role in the movie as the villainous Dr. Maxwell. Other cameos include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tina Turner, Frankie Valli, and many, many more.
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