Meet the Beetles

Meet the Beetles
About

CHICAGO, IL

Whether recreating the concerts or the psychedelic late sixties, Meet The Beetles brings an energy to the stage that is sure to lead to Beatlemania.

James Hondros started learning to play George at the inception of Beatles cover band, Revolver, in the summer of 1998. Although new to the Beatle role, Jim had been playing guitar in rock bands since the early 1980s, most notably, original bands such as The Van Goghs, The Innocent, and Feast of Fools, all of which featured his dynamic songwriting ability. Jim says; “it was upon discovering Cousin Liz’s Beatles collection that I became a musician in the first place.”

Following his time in Revolver, Jim played with many area Beatles tribute bands as a self-proclaimed “Rent-A-George”, until joining Meet The Beetles full time. He is featured in the band’s repertoire singing lead on over a dozen Harrison songs as well as contributing his lead guitar talents and vocal harmonies.

“I enjoy learning and performing George’s parts. However subtle some of them are, his contributions to Lennon/McCartney compositions were nothing less than incredible. As a songwriter, George was overshadowed by the sheer volume of Lennon/McCartney masterpieces, which when all is said, does not diminish his ability to write some real gems. Some of my personal favorites are, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, For You Blue, Don’t Bother Me, and, of course, Frank Sinatra’s all-time favorite Love song — Something.”

Today, in addition to playing the George role in Meet The Beetles, Jim is a founding member of the Rutles Tribute Band (a Beatles satire), The Yellow Submorons.

To watch Eric behind the drums is to travel back in time. Not only does Eric keep that Ringo rhythm, but he has all the signature moves and gestures.

Eric has been playing drums since he was 10 years old. He spent many hours on his first drum set playing along toBeatle albums – yes ALBUMS.

He has been playing in original, cover, & Beatles tribute bands around Chicago, the suburbs, & the Midwest for many years.

In addition to performing with Meet The Beetles, Eric performs with his original band – The Cowbirds, & cover band – Memphis Hangover, and has an album of his own songs titled “Zephyr Zodiac”.

Always trying to improve and grow as a musician, Scott recently took on the challenge of the role of Dirk McQuickly (bass player) in The Yellow SubMorons, a Rutles tribute group that performs parodies of Beatles tunes. He is so committed to his role, Scott is rumored to speak Liverpudian in his sleep.

Davey Justice has been performing as the legendary Sir Paul McCartney since 1995, both as part of Beatle tribute bands and as solo McCartney. This ambidextrous (he taught himself to play the bass and guitar left handed), tenor vocalist has dedicated a large amount of time to perfect his “Paul” look and sound, and his work has paid off as he has been recognized with numerous awards including “Best Paul McCartney sound-and-lookalike.”

Davey has performed at venues all over the world, including the famous Cavern Club (where the Beatles got their start) and Abbey Road Studios (where the Beatle recorded many of their hits). He has worked directly with Louise Harrison (sister of Beatle George Harrison), Sony (CA), Capitol (CA), and Abbey Road Studios (UK). In the media, Davey has been seen in Rollingstone, People, Newsweek, Time Magazine, Associated Press, New York Times, and more as well as appearing on many television networks including WGN, FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC.

In true Paul McCartney fashion, Davey believes in giving back to the world and has worked with such charitable causes as Children’s Miracle Network, Wish, Animal Welfare, Cancer Society, PETA, Ronald McDonald House, UFDM & Coalition for the Homeless.

When off stage, and not studying every aspect of Paul he can get his eyes and ears on, Davey dedicates his time to writing and recording his own music. He is also an Audio/Visual Engineer, Book Author, Director, and Producer.