RAIN, which is also the name of a Beatles song, was formed in 1975. Although they started out writing their own music, they began performing Beatles songs and became its first tribute band. Landes, who joined the band in 1998, said being a member takes on a legendary perspective.
The singer, who is in his 30s, said he wasn’t able to grow up when the band was together. Landes said his parents and older sisters were fans, and he had access to their Beatles records and T-shirts.
Landes also received a guitar on his 10th birthday and has been playing ever since. He said, “As a Beatles fan and musician, I get to combine those two things.”
Landes said performing Beatles songs is like being in a “daily time travel.” Portraying Lennon is “a dream come true. It can be quite surreal. It’s a lot of fun.”
Out of all of the songs performed, Landes said it’s hard to pick a favorite. He said, “Some songs just speak to you. Lyrically, you can relate to these songs.”
A new song, “In My Life,” has been added to show. Landes said, “It’s just a beautiful song. It means so much. It brings it all home.”
The performer said he has traveled to Liverpool and was able to meet and “jam” with Pete Best, the first drummer in the band before Ringo Starr. Landes said he performed at the Casbah Club, which is in the basement of Best’s childhood home. The Beatles played there, and Landes said many of the original paintings and items are still there.
Landes said he was going to an impromptu gig there but was invited to sing. He said, “I got to jam with one of the few people on this earth that can say that at one time were a Beatle. He lived through the early history of the making of this incredible band.”
Landes said RAIN’s focus at the live show is replicating Beatles’ music. The songs span the Beatles’ entire career and the show includes news reels and clips from “The Ed Sullivan Show,” costumes and props.
Landes said there will be something for everyone at the show. In addition to having fun, he said the audience will learn a lot. He said it’s a positive, family piece of entertainment.
“Incredible events are replicated on stage,” Landes said. “You will leave happy.”
Shows are today at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.gasouthbroadwayseries.com and www.ticketmaster.com, as well as by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting any Ticketmaster location or the Bank of North Georgia box office at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.