The brainchild of Canadian composer Craig Martin, Classics Albums Live has been faithfully re-creating, note for note, some of the most iconic classic rock albums of all time since 2003.
Pooling the talents of local choirs, orchestras, schools and a wide range of musical talents, the shows are split into two parts. The first half features a single album by a specific artist. Audiences have been treated to Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, Supertramp's Breakfast in America, the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction, Queen's A Night at the Opera and a plethora of Beatles albums, including Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The second half features additional hits from the same artist. For example, the entire Beatles catalog, consisting of 213 songs, was presented in a single concert at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Craig Martin came the idea for the Classic Albums Live after suffering through several tribute bands who made a mess of his favorite music. The way he saw it, the bands were more focused on their onstage personas -- feathers and wigs -- than on the quality of their music. No tape machines are used in the Classic Albums Live shows. There are no dancers, exploding cannons or confetti machines. Rather, the stage is filled with an array of horns, strings, wind instruments, guitars, drums and vocalists. Martin's vision has since seen exacting replicas of Prince's Purple Rain and Michael Jackson's Thriller.
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