Highlights over 21 Years

THE HIGHLIGHTS

The story started in 1995, when a show was put together to perform a special production of "All You Need Is Love" at the Ecos Amphitheatre, Frome, Somerset. Such was the success of the show that from it emerged an eight piece band with five backing musicians and three vocalists up front which became known as "Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band".

This line-up enjoyed success with gigs in the local pub and club scene performing songs from the Sgt Pepper album and from the psychedelic era of the 1960’s. Audiences were fascinated by this rather unusual Beatles tribute line-up with three vocalists – but the music was good and so was the humour! After a couple of years the eight piece became five including Sgt Pepper on keyboards. With all five having a more full-on role, the band soon became very much in demand with a stunning set of Beatles songs that ran from their early hits through to the more complex psychedelic songs from later in the 1960’s including many tracks from the albums.

Since those early days in the 90’s the band went fromfrom strength to strength becoming established as one of the top tribute acts in Europe. Described as "probably the most entertaining Beatles band in the UK", Sgt Peppers combined fab-tastic live music with self deprecating humour and wicked one-liners that flowed from their two front men, yes, John and Paul! Many of the later more complex songs played had never been performed live by the originals.

Band highlights included:

  • Year 2000 appearance at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
  • Several appearances at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, the early "home" of The Beatles.
  • Two appearances at Ashton Court Festival, one in support of the legendary Robert Plant.
  • During 2004 and 2005 a UK tour to perform and celebrate the final recorded Fab Four album "Abbey Road".
  • Several tours within Europe including Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and Poland.
  • 2007 Glastonbury Festival appearance in the mud!
  • 2007 UK tour to perform and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic "Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
  • A 2008 trip to the USA to perform at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theatre, Montgomery with all equipment for the show being transported from Nashville, Tennessee!
  • 2009 invitation from the Beatles Fan Club to replicate the Abbey Road album cover photograph at the most famous zebra crossing in the world as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Abbey Road which attracted world-wide TV and press coverage; followed by a special performance by the band at Tin Pan Alley’s Regent Sound Studio where The Rolling Stones cut their first album and where the likes of Hendrix and Donovan first recorded.
  • 2011 appearances at Scotland’s fast growing Belladrum Festival, near Inverness, in competition against Texas on the main stage!
  • 2012 saw the release of the band’s LIVE album "without the beatles".
  • The only Beatles Tribute Band to date to have a commercially released live album.
  • 2013 toured their version of the Revolver album.
  • 2014 saw the band undertake their farewell UK tour with their final gig on home soil at Frome's Cheese and Grain Hall on New Years Eve.
  • An inevitable "reunion" festive tour took place in December 2015 with the final gig being played at Shreham on the 9th January 2016.

THE BOOKS

Martin Dimery (John Legend of the band) has had his book "Being John Lennon (Day in the Life of Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band)" published by top London rock publishers SAF/Firefly. The book, a hilarious romp of the ups and downs of his life as a doppelganger John Lennon, follows the adventures of the band on the road. As far as we know, the book is a first as a biography of a UK tribute band. It can be obtained from all good book shops, including Amazon as well as other good web sites. Also from www.safpublishing.com

Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band is now available as an Amazon Kindle e- book. For further details please follow the link:

Martin Dimmery -"Without the Beatles" Volume II of Martin Dimery's memoirs of life on the road witSgt Peppers Only Dartboard Band

Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band also feature in the following books:

  • "Cavern- the Most Famous Club in the World" by Spencer Leigh.
  • "Never Mind the Bollards- A road trip around England's rock'n'roll landmarks" by Max Wooldridge.
  • "Music Box- Photographing the All-Time Greats" (Featuring the second most iconic "Abbey Road" photo of all time).

THE CD

Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band LIVE album "without the beatles" is still available for purchase. Check out the "Album" page on this web site.

Updated14thJune 2016