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The Beatles/Rolling Stones Rivalry Continues (Sort Of) At Glastonbury

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The decades long battle of the bands between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will continue at this summer’s Glastonbury Music Festival next week. Sort of.

The Bootleg Beatles, a Beatles tribute band, will represent for the Fab Four as they face off against the The Rolling Stones at the festival. While critics may scoff, the tribute band allegedly pulled the biggest crowd the music festival had ever seen on their acoustic stage when they performed in 2010.

The Bootleg Beatles begin their set in the festival’s Acoustic Tent 20 minutes after the Stones begin their long-awaited headline set on the festival’s Pyramid Stage.

In an interview with The Independent, Andre Barreau, the “George” of the Bootleg Beatles and the only remaining original member, said he and his black-market Beatles band have the edge over the Stones.

“The Stones have original members which we don’t,” Barreau said. “But, if you pile up the best [songs] of the Beatles and the Stones, then the Beatles song pile is higher.”

The tribute band is slotted for a 30-song monster set ranging from the years of Beatlemania to the Flower Power era. The contraband Beatles are ready to Braveheart this battle, too. Even though they are playing the acoustic tent, the boys are taking special precautions to make sure Keith Richards does not drown out their flawless harmonies.

“We’re plugging in,” said Barreau. “We’ll really crank it out. It’s Glastonbury so we can do the rockier Beatles songs like Helter Skelter.”

–Sydney Holmes/WCBS-FM

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