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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 performing with Revolution, Rain, and others, Piper has distinguished himself as the preeminent Lennon with roles in the CBS production “The Linda McCartney Story” – E! Channel’s production of the “Last Days of John Lennon” and” Beatle Wives” and the singing voice of John Lennon for the NBC TV Movie of the Week, “In His Life -The John Lennon Story.”
He has performed in his critically acclaimed Lennon biopic, “Just Imagine” which has played around the world since 2009.
SD: Why John Lennon?
TP: I was always been a Beatles fan. I was in second grade when they first came to America and like everyone else I was fascinated by them. They were like from another planet. At the time, I was playing the cello and switched to the guitar to be like them. Plus, girls were not chasing cello players.
SD: Which Lennon album is your favorite and why?
TP: I guess it would be his album “Plastic Ono Band.” He had just finished with his primal scream therapy. The album was so stripped down, raw and naked. It was amazing. Through screaming, he really came to know himself better.
SD: Performing as Lennon, do you ever feel like you’re having an identity crisis?
TP: As a performer, I hold the position of performing as John Lennon in high regard. I am playing a character. As an impersonator, I do understand his story very well and try to recapture his spirt.
SD: Have any of the Beatles seen you perform or reached out to you?
TP: I have met Paul McCarthy and his wife at the time, Heather. He did say to me, “keep up the good work.” I had my 30 seconds of fame with him and even got a handshake. Over the years, I have met different folks that were associated with the Beatles and their families. I don’t think any of the Beatles have been to the show, but I do know that they are aware of it.
SD: What can the fans expect to see at the show?
TP: For the older folks, it’s a trip back in time. For the younger generation, it’s a musical history lesson. The storytelling and the music is amazing. You will hear stories that you didn’t know and will leave with a better understanding of John’s complex character.