My brother Jude and I attended the Classical Mystery Tour performance at the PSO Friday night, and you can read my blog post about it on the Pittsburgh Symphony Blogs: “The act you’ve known for all these years.”
Something I forgot to mention in that post: They played part of the side 2 medley from Abbey Road, “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.” In the Beatles recording of “The End,” the guitar solo is really three guitar solos, with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison each taking a few bars in turns, and each playing in a distinct style. (I learned this only a few years ago, thanks to the Beatles edition of the Rock Band video game.)
When Twist and Shout started to play, I was interested to see how each member might handle his solo. But they didn’t play it that way. Instead, the George Harrison fellow played all three parts, using effects on his guitar to create the different Beatles’ guitar sounds and changing his style to match their styles. It was impressive, but I was a wee bit sad not to see the band recreate the mini-guitar duel from the recording.