Beatles and Elvis musical pitted against each other for Old Town Temecula show

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Scot Bruce will perform as Elvis Presley during Beatles vs. Elvis – A Musical Show Friday, Aug. 30, at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Courtesy photo

The music of two of the biggest recording artists in the history of music will fill the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Friday, Aug. 30, when Beatles vs. Elvis – A Musical Show, featuring Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce and Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road.

According to Andy Nagle of La Jolla Booking Agency, “There is no denying that the King and the Fab Four helped shape the early years of rock ‘n’ roll. Beatles vs. Elvis – A Musical Showdown gives fans a chance to have their voices heard for this rock ‘n’ roll battle.”

During the two-hour show, each band will perform three sets, trading spots on the stage with a quick set change in between each set. At the end of the evening, there will be an encore with both bands on the stage at the same time.

“With more than 100 hit songs between Elvis and the Beatles it’s hard to showcase them all, but I think our show does a nice job of covering their beginning years right up to 1970,” Bruce said.

“It’s just a fun time and a cool back-and-forth nonstop show,” Chris Paul Overall, who performs as Paul McCartney during the show, said.

Bruce has an uncanny resemblance to a young Elvis Presley and best represents The King during the 1950s and 60s portion of his career. His band consists of Travis Daggert on electric guitar, Russell Scott on upright bass and Shawn Nourse on drums.

Abbey Road is one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in the country and has been performing together for more than a decade.

The quartet consists of Nate Bott as John Lennon, Chris Paul Overall as Paul McCartney, Zak Schaffer as George Harrison, and Axel Clarke as Ringo Starr.

With vintage instruments, tailored costumes and tight harmonies Abbey Road uses British accents throughout the show, including the funny quotes John Lennon used to make between tunes.

“There’s a lot of good-natured jabbing between the bands as well,” Nagle said, adding that the Temecula show is part of a 125-city tour of the United States, Australia and Canada.

“Elvis may be The King, but it’s clear the Beatles are rock ‘n’ roll royalty,” Nagle said. “They have more in common than people realize: both energized younger fans and helped create the genre we now call rock ‘n’ roll, both were introduced to America on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ While the Beatles were clearly influenced by Elvis, it’s obvious both bands were further impacted by country, rhythm and blues and the early pioneers of rock ‘n; roll. Their music will live on for eternity.”

The Beatles vs. Elvis – A Musical Show will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street in Temecula.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $22- $35 and can be purchased online at http://www.temeculatheater.org, by calling (866) 653-8696 or at the theater box office.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.