Halloween Show: HELP!

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HELP was James Williams, Scott Miller, Chris Sabatoni (Gabba),  Dylan Barnes and Matt K. Shrugg.

1. Why did you choose HELP?

James Williams: It was Dylan’s idea, but I was really excited to do it because I’m a huge Beatles fan. I know pretty much everyone loves the Beatles, but really, I’m fanatical. The amount of Beatles trivia I know would blow your mind. And I have very detailed positions (not just feelings or opinions) on pretty much all of their songs.

Chris Sabatoni: I thought it was a great group of dudes and I totally knew someone who would let me borrow a Hofner bass.

Dylan Barnes: I chose Help! because it was a movie I watched every day as a kid, and I’ve always wanted to be in a Beatles cover band. They’re pretty tight.

2. Describe the Halloween show in 3 words

JW: Still going strong?

CS: Dylan should join

DB: Best night ever.

3. What’s your favorite song from the soundtrack?

JW: Ticket to Ride. It might be the band’s best song too.

CS: “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” because the harmonies were easiest, the most fun, and James and I probably looked rad doing them!

DB: The title track is my favorite. It’s the best song about feeling fat ever written.

4. Was there a song you wished you could have played but you didn’t?

JW: Yeah, “Another Girl” was on our original set list and I was pretty excited about it. Dylan and Gabba decided on another one for Gabba to sing though. It’s a lesser known track that’s really catchy and, I think, instantly accessible.

CS: Nope

DB: You’ve Got To Hide You Love Away would have been great, but it’s not rocking enough.

5. What other Halloween show band would you have loved to be in?

JW: The Bodyguard. I’ve never had the opportunity to play music in quite that style. It would’ve been fun.

CS: A Hard Day’s Night. Also, I thought Fast Times was great too. They passed out Little Caesar’s and totally rocked. Legit.

DB: Pink Wiz all the way.  That was just the best.

6. What other soundtrack that didn’t get picked would you have wanted to do?

JW: Boogie Nights. It would have given me an opportunity to do a bunch of soft rock hits.

CS: I wanted to Scott Pilgrim with Hans White as Scott Pilgrim. Dylan Craver would have challenged him to a bass dual, naturally.

DB: The Muppet Movie. The costumes would have been incredible.

7. How did you all come together for this band?

JW: Dylan could answer this better than I could.

CS: Dylan and James already had the plan and then Dylan asked me to join over drinks (soda) while we were hanging out (Tower). I texted Scott a few days later to see if he’d like to play drums.

DB:  This one wasn’t so hard to get together. I asked Gabba and James, and then was pumped when Gabba (I think it was Gabba) got Scott to be Ringo.

8. How often did you practice?

JW: We practiced about once a week for three or four weeks, and had a couple extra practices just to work on the harmonies.

CS:  about twice a week for a few weeks? Pretty good.

DB: I think we may have actually practiced a lot for a Halloween band. It was rough though, because I was sick in the last week.

9. How hard was it to play with screaming girls trying to get at you?

JW: It wasn’t the screaming so much as the tugging and jostling. The screaming was awesome!

CS: Actually, it was the best and I kinda think we did a good job of holding it together. Even though it was planned out more or less, it was still one of the most awesome show moments for me ever!

DB:  I’m sure it was harder for Scott than it was for me.

10. Will you wear your cape again?

JW: Only if we get together again and do The Magical Mystery Tour.

CS: Not Sure. it is packed away nicely and ready to use, though!

DB: Damn right, and I look forward to having Angela make more costumes next year.

11. What do you love most about the Halloween show?

JW: I like that every year there’s a group that comes out of left field and pulls off an amazing set with really close attention to detail, like Pink Floyd this year. In some cases it’s almost like getting to see bands that you missed out because the hit their peak ten years before you were born, or whatever.

CS: That you can’t really replicate the vibe even at a regular awesome sac show.

DB: Besides being the most fun night of the year, it’s also so unique that it’s difficult to explain what it is to people who have never been.

12. What other Halloween show bands have you been in the past?

JW: I’ll try to do this chronologically. Joy Division (the first band to play at the first Halloween Show!), Black Flag, The Violent Femmes, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benetar, Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol, and Help!

CS:  First one! I’m very lucky!

DB: I’ve been in The Carpenters, Peggy Lee, Ike & Tina Turner, John Cougar Mellencamp, and The Flaming Lips, The Bodyguard, and Ghostbusters. And I was in the background of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

13. What do you think next year’s theme should be?

JW: Synth Pop

CS: Pick two producers and cover bands that only they have worked with. Phil Spector? Babyface? Butch Vig?

DB: Either Fashion Fabulous or New York.

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