Waiting for The Beatles has been an international past time for 40 years, making it the longest held breath in pop music history… now hear this! For the vast standing masses of Beatles fans everywhere, Pepperland is a breath of fresh air!
Pepperland’s purpose is to be your good gurus guide through the surreal songbook of John, Paul, George and Ringo. By performing Beatles and solo years with an off beat, updated twist, Pepperland looks to tune in and turn on the post sixties generations who didn’t hear the initial gong, but still feel the vibration.
Formed in autumn of 1996, Pepperland has played together in various incarnations and projects, for over 15 years, making this sextet less a Beatles “cover” band and more a “band”, first and foremost, that plays the music of The Beatles.
While others have sought to look, act and sound like our notable namesakes, Pepperland have collectively decided to maintain a sound and identity of their own, all the while recreating the magical mixture of spirit that defined a generation of laughing free men.
Like a musical garden tended by all humanity, the music of The Beatles, with a little help from Pepperland, continues to bear fruit season after season at a venue near you.
They (Pepperland ) perform the Beatles songbook with a bluesy energy instead of a slavish devotion – the band favors the post Rubber Soul albums, so don’t be surprised if Pepperland rips through side two of Abbey Road in one fell swoop.
Christian Schaeffer – Riverfront Times – St. Louis
Pepperland attacks the music of the Beatles with an impressive proficiency. Don’t expect another Beatlemania or 1964 (two rather unexciting “tributes” to the Beatles). Pepperland takes many more chances with the music, turning up the volume a tad on some of the harder White Album cuts, stuffing the song with loads of percussion, adding a female vocalist and emitting a general controlled chaos that would do Mr. Lennon proud. For anyone who wishes that the Beatles would have performed their studio years live, Pepperland does the music justice.
Randall Roberts – Riverfront Times – St. Louis
Pepperland has succeeded in maintaining the true spirit and feel of the music that has kept so many of us fans throughout the years, at the same time they create an unique style that will entice a younger audience to become fans as well.
Lynn Peterson – What goes on Fanzine – Chicago
Pepperland is recognized as truly original, creative artists that have more than 130 Beatles (and solo years) compositions in their playlist that satisfies Beatles fans from the most loyal to the people who think John Lennon was a Russian historical figure.
Matt Smenos -The Daily Egyptian – Carbondale
This ain’t yo mamas’ Beatles!
Euan Mclaughlin – Zig Zag Mag! – Kansas City
Some Feathers in Our Cap:
- Headlined, as a single act to 4000 fans at the Family Arena in St. Charles Mo. on September 17, 2012.
- Not too unlike Ringo’s All Starr lineups, Pepperland has had a veritable “who’s who” from the creme of the crop of the St. Louis music scene since 1996.
- Opened for Ringo Starr at the Riverport Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, MO.
- Featured act at the Schwagstock music festival for over ten years running.
- Played as “special guest” to Dave Mason at the Union Station Concert Series, St. Louis.
- Placed in the top three, in the Riverfront Times top “cover band” readers poll, for three years running.
- Invited by Dave Edmunds to open for him on his 2001 U.S. club tour.
- Introduced to the stage by Klaus Voorman for a McCartney mini set at the Chicago Beatles Convention. Airport Hilton, Chicago Il.
- Featured act at the Voodoo Lounge, in the Harrahs Casino, for a series of “album jam” concerts where the band performed “ Abbey Road”, “Let It Be”, “Rubber Soul”, “The White Album” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” to completion.
- Dubbed “Gurus” at the Paranormal Psychic World Convention by Zen master Sri Chai.
- For nearly 7 years, 2/3 of the band featured members from the poppin’ rock band Madahoochi .
- In 2014, performed two sold out shows at the St. Louis Science Center’s Laserium Theatre.
- Featured performers at Forest Park’s Summer Concert Film Series, St. Louis Mo. 2012