Fifty years ago when the world went wild, 73 million viewers tuned into their televisions while the streets surrounding the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City came alive – echoing with screams of young fans yearning for the chance to glimpse the four fresh faces who would capture hearts and change the way America listened to music.
The Beatles’ debut on an American stage became something to celebrate for years to come.
Bruce and Brian McElroy were 7 when they witnessed what many other millions also saw a half-century ago.
Inspired from that day forward, the brothers are celebrating a 50-year commemoration of their own with a series of concerts this weekend in honor of the Beatles coming to America.
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Known as The Fab 2 since 1992, the McElroy brothers have been playing and paying tribute since the day Beatles music first invaded their living room.
Originally from Vermont, Brian moved to Myrtle Beach in 1986 with Bruce joining permanently in 1998. Since then they’ve opened for more than a few high-profile groups, including The Monkeys, the Beach Boys and The Righteous Brothers.
With no plans to slow down soon, Brian McElroy said “age doesn’t matter in rock ‘n’ roll – it feels like we’re still 19.”
As far as the type of music they play, if you haven’t guessed it yet, Brian said: “We play them all; Beatles A-Z.”
Do they have a favorite song?
Both brothers hesitated, then acknowledged Brian’s fondness, “For No One,” while Bruce prefers “Not a Second Time.”
Their album “Can’t You See Me Smiling” is available on Amazon, iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster.
While plans for more albums are in the works, the Fab 2 plays what it feels and do it “with passion.”
“We do all right for what we do, it’s so much fun to play a billion-dollar repertoire,” Brian said.
An instrumental prowess that runs the gamut of guitar, bass, piano, organ and electric guitar, Brian said “we sound more like four,” adding it’s likely to see him singing with Bruce playing drums.
“We’ve played some of the best happy hours,” said Brian, naming Murphy’s Law located in Carolina Forest as one of their favorite places to play.
While plans to pay tribute to the Beatles come together across the U.S., the Fab 2 invites the Grand Strand to join them in theirs.
The brothers’ three-day tribute beginning 50 years after The Fab Four first found their fans standing there starts at Murphy’s Law at 9 p.m. on Friday with no cover.
The long and winding road continues at Hard Rock Cafe, which is hosting a show to benefit The Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8, then it’s on to Wahoo’s Fish House at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.thefab2.com for more information.