Israeli keyboardist joins all-star Beatles’ tribute

"Last day of rehearsals with these legends! Micky Dolenz (Monkees), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Christopher Cross. The whole band is sounding super tight!”

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September 22, 2019 21:45
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GIL ASSAYAS (third from right) with fellow Beatles tribute musicians, including Mickey Dolenz (left)

GIL ASSAYAS (third from right) with fellow Beatles tribute musicians, including Mickey Dolenz (left) and Todd Rundgren (second right). (photo credit: GLASS ONION PR)

Acclaimed Israeli keyboardist Gil Assayas is part of a month-long US musical extravaganza with a slew of rock legends paying tribute to The Beatles.

“It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – A Tribute to the Beatles’ White Album” debuted on Saturday at Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget Casina, featuring Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland, Chicago’s Jason Scheff and singer/songwriter Christopher Cross performing the Fab Four’s landmark 1968 double album in its entirety.

The Jerusalem-raised Assayas was the engine behind the popular 2000s Israeli indie-pop band Missflag, which released a 2007 album To Infinity that was compared favorably to Coldplay and received some international attention. After the band split up, and Assayas eventually made his way to adopted home of Portland, Oregon, where he’s established a solo career and released his own albums.

He was tapped by Rundgren last year to join a reunion tour of his 1970s prog-rock band Utopia, where he was singled out for praise for his multi-talented musical skills.

Utopia’s Kasim Sulton told Billboard last year, “He’s fantastic. He’s a force to be reckoned with.”

Last week, Assayas posted a photo of the band, writing, “Last day of rehearsals with these legends! Micky Dolenz (Monkees), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Christopher Cross. The whole band is sounding super tight!”

The White Album tribute tour will continue throughout the US through October 20.


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