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Just Imagine, LIVE! A Tribute to John Lennon
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TIM PIPER (John Lennon/Writer/Producer) Multi-faceted, Musician, Actor and Songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by The Beatles. From his early teen years in Southern California, Piper played in numerous original and Top 40 'cover' bands, while honing is skills as a guitarist, bass player, singer and songwriter. In addition to being a member of various Beatle Tribute bands, including Revolution, Piper has distinguished himself as the pre-eminent 'John Lennon; with roles in the CBS production 'The Linda McCartney Story,' E! Channel's production of the 'John Lennon Story,' 'Beatle Wives,' and more recently as the singing voice of John Lennon for the NBC TV Movie of the Week, "In His Life -The John Lennon Story." With his band, Tim has performed at numerous 'Celebrity Special Events,' such Tom Hanks' 10th wedding anniversary party, a private party for Irwin Winkler (producer of Rocky), and a pre-screening performance for the re-release debut of Yellow Submarine. Piper's other credits include: Legends In Concert (Las Vegas, NV and Internationally), Shea Stadium concert for a Mets baseball game, and even a Bob Hope Worldwide Television Special. Tim was invited to attend the inaugural "Adopt a Minefield" Charity Benefit in Beverly Hills, where he met with Beatle-legend Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills- McCartney, in support of their charitable efforts. McCartney told Tim and his band to "Keep up the good work lads!"
GREG PIPER (Musical Director/Producer/Bass Guitar) and his brother Tim were born into a show business family whose parents were traveling actors in their own theater company, performed with Red Skelton on his television show and became the co-creators of the hugely popular TV game show, Concentration. Greg, a singer/songwriter, has been leading original and cover rock bands since high school and started his theatrical career in 1971 as the lead role of 'Villain' in the musical melodrama production of Curse You Villain. In the early 80's Greg joined Womanizer (now called The Tooners), whose music video won the Gold Plaque Award at The Chicago International Film Festival. In 1988 Greg began touring the world with leading Beatles tribute acts Revolution - The Beatles Tribute and Working Class Hero - The John Lennon Experience. Along with his brother Tim and guitarist Don Butler, Greg performed at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in connection with the premiere of the John Lennon exhibit. Greg is currently producing the satirical rock musical Rock & Roll Rehab (www.rocknrollrehab.com). Based on the book The Official Rock & Roll Rehab Members Guide (available as a Kindle eBook) and soon to be adapted as the Rock & Roll Rehab movie, the live rock and roll multimedia show showcases Greg's wry wit, dynamic personality and shows why he's an audience favorite.
DON BUTLER (Lead Guitar) Don’s professional career started when he was 19 in L.A & Hollywood. Don joined a great band called “Reverend Boogie, featuring guitarist Rick Vito and bassist Bob Glaub. In the `70's & `80's Don was living in Texas and played with Sam Neely who at that time was on MCA Records. Don did a lot of session work during that period as well and playing on three LP’s for Freddy Fender and a number of major Spanish artists and local rock & blues bands. Over the last few years Don has appeared with and played with many great musicians such as Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brian, Coco Montoya, the Yardbirds, Gordon Waller from Peter & Gordon, Chris Montez (who toured with The Beatles in 1962), Spencer Davis, members of The Allman Bros Band & Govt. Mule to name a few. Don also played with Paul Shortino’s Rhythm Junkies. Paul was “Duke Fame” in “This is Spinal Tap” and was a member of “Quiet Riot” and Ruff Cutt. Bangers”. Don also rejoined from time to time, with his first band from 1971 called “Reverend Boogie” with co-founder Stormy Rice (Stormy was with the legendary Michigan band “The Woolies”). Stormy and Don are also working on an acoustic project. Don contributed a track to former Journey leader Robert Fleischman’s newest CD (2007) called “When You’re Not Around”. Don is on the Editorial Board for “The Tonequest Report” magazine and has been a contributor to Vintage Guitar magazine. Don has had a small repair shop in his home since 1997 and repairs, mods and customizes amps, guitars and some pedals. He specializes in Vintage British made valve (tube) equipment as well as early Fender & Gibson amps as well as Vintage (& Reissue) Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Epiphone & Fender Guitars. His shop is aptly named Toneman, Inc. (www.tone-man.com). Some of his customers include Robin Trower, John Fogerty, Elliot Easton, Daniel Lanois, Derek Trucks, Peter Stroud just to name a few…
MORELY BARTNOFF (Keyboardist) PKA Cosmo Topper has been playing, recording, writing and appreciating music since he was knee high to an mono single speaker FM radio. He has been a contributing writer to both Strobe and Yeah Yeah Yeah Magazine. Born in LA, moved to Vegas from 71-76 went to UNLV, then Went To Pierce College where music and theater were his major and minors. Some of Morley's many credits include performing with The Sluff Bros. with Minnie Ripperton and George Benson drummer Hugh Morran and excellent former Kentucky Blue Grass and Sonny Charles guitarist Mark Miller, played piano with Capitol Records recording artist Maxine Sellers, performing at The Troubadour with Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, a 2-year residency at Studio City’s Bla Bla Café, Repo Man soundtrack Universal Records where he played Hammond B3 with a Leslie on Burning Sensations cover of the Jonathan Richmond song “Pablo Picasso”, played baby grand piano on two songs at the Derby in Loz Feliz Ca.for an unplanned Dramarama reunion, and is the piano player at radio station KLSX’s “Breakfast with the Beatles” movie screenings at The Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood, CA. Morley's Song "For The Time Being" is heard in the closing credits of The Rock Doc Mayor of The Sunset Strip 2004 - Image Entertainment & for the last 5 years has been performing and recording with Alt Rock Band Dramarama.
DON PONCHER (Drums/Percussion) Born in Chicago, rooted early in the 1960’s 70’s LA Rock Scene, this versatile musician has beat down with music legends. Poncher was with Arthur Lee on the acclaimed Vindicator album, the 2009 release of Love Lost and the 2011 release of Black Beauty. He was with Joe Cocker during “Jamaica, Say You Will”, Bobby Whitlock’s band right after Derek & The Dominos, Dewey Martin’s “New Buffalo” and Blue Mountain Eagle. Don is noted drummer on the solo albums of Jim Price, Chris Jagger , Genya Raven (Goldie, lead singer of the first signed all-female rock n' roll band) and Wendy Wall's “Two Birds”. Don credits drummer Tony Williams as his strongest musical influence. About 3 years after getting his first drum kit at age 10, Don would sneak into clubs where Tony was playing to absorb and learn. His love and appreciation of jazz stems back to that time. Other drummer influences have been Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Ringo and Charlie Watts. Don turned “Pro” at age 16 and went out on-the-road with renowned country artist, “Tex” Williams. Poncher’s pre-metal strong beat merged with theatrical flare as Ming the Merciless in Lenny & the Squigtones with David Landers and Michael McKeon, pre-Spinal Tap. As stage and recording drummer in the Big Beat Band for the cult classic rock movie “American Hot Wax”, the story of Alan Freed and the birth of Rock N’ Roll, Don backed most of the greats of that era, including; Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
CASEY PIPER (Front Of House Sound) s a close-up magician, a musician, and a skilled juggler who aspires to be an artist and performer professionally after high school. A huge Lennon fan himself, Casey has always been surrounded by music and grew up immersed in the 'Beatle world.' Casey has traveled across the globe to various countries with his father, Tim, and uncle, Greg, supporting his performing family and meeting a plethora of fascinating people along the way. His eclectic and offbeat childhood helped shape him into the incredibly unique, mature, and wonderful young adult he is today. Casey's passion for magic shines, as is evident during his magic showcases which he has performed for a variety of audiences throughout the Los Angeles area. Working with his family is a thrill and an honor for Casey. In previous shows, Casey held the position of Stage Manager and Sound Man. It is only suitable that he should work the sound board and manage the visuals in this production too. It is a great experience and job he is more than obliged to take on.
STEVE ALTMAN (Director/Writer/Producer) studied with Stella Adler in New York. He toured as Judas in ‘Superstar’ and Berger in ‘Hair’ with the New York City Repertory Theatre. He co-starred with Ed Begley (in Fox's 'Chameleon'), William Baldwin ('A Plumm Summer') and Robert Vaughn ('Transylvania Twist'). As a stand-up Steve worked with Jerry Lewis, Garry Shandling, Dennis Miller, Brad Garrett and Bill Mahar appearing on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, NBC, A&E, Fox and the BBC. A songwriter, Steve has written for Motown, José Feliciano, Smokey Robinson, Disney, HBO, Dick Clark and NASA. Steve wrote and directed “Duality: A Psychological Comedy" starring David Strassman to five star reviews at the Edenburgh Fringe Festival (dualitytheshow.com) and also produces a quarterly film/sketch revue, “Saturn & Vine” at the Lillian Theatre. He is currently working on “Tock”, a musical version of HG Wells' Time Machine and many of his short films can be viewed at saturnandvine.com or youtube.com/stevealtman. His collaboration with Tim, Greg and the band has been a creative dream come true…getting “as close to working with Lennon and The Beatles as one could hope for,” describing Tim as “the most generous collaborator” he has ever worked with. Steve is also the shows art director and has created some of the more surreal videos to the production.
PHILIP WEGENER (Associate Producer) As a businessman/investor Philip became involved in this project through his passion for music. An accomplished pianist and bass player, he performed in a rock and roll band during high school and college, and worked his way through college playing piano at various venues in the Los Angeles area. He studied classical piano with Michael Cave while attending UCLA and later, jazz improvisation with noted jazz musician and educator, Dick Grove. His other credits include producer of the play ‘One Night Only,’ and ‘A Day In His Life,’ which also starred Tim Piper in the role of John Lennon.”
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