A Walk Down Abbey Road

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A Walk Down Abbey Road
Tour by Alan Parsons
Associated album Varied
Start date 2001
End date 2002

Alan Parsons A Walk Down Abbey Road was a concert tour which was launched in North America in 2001 to pay tribute to The Beatles and promote the hits of various headlining band members. Similar to Ringo Starr's All Starr Band tours, each successive year the band members swapped out and featured the songs of the new line up.

The first set would included all band members assembled to play each other's hits. The second set featured all Beatles songs performed by various band members depending on the specific tune and the strength and style of the performer.

Although certainly successful enough to continue over two years, the show was mired by some problems, not the least of which was prohibitive concessions having to be paid to The Beatles for the use of the name "Abbey Road".

An obvious play on concert-goers expectations with legendary Who bassist John Entwistle in the group, the second song of the opening set was Open My Eyes from Rundgren's first band, The Nazz. The chord pattern at the beginning is lifted directly from The Who's I Can't Explain. It would be one of Entwistle's last concert series as he died on 27 June 2002 one day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour.

2001 tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

  • Godfrey Townsend: guitar, backing vocals (from John Entwistle Band)
  • Steve Luongo: drums (from John Entwistle Band)
  • John Beck
  • Spazzy McGee

2001 Tour Set List: Set 1[edit]

  1. "Magical Mystery Tour (Pack, Wilson)
  2. "Open My Eyes" (Rundgren)
  3. "Eye In The Sky" (Parsons)
  4. "Crazy On You" (Wilson)
  5. "My Wife" (Entwistle)
  6. "Hello, It's Me" (Rundgren)
  7. "Don't Answer Me" (Parsons)
  8. "Biggest Part Of Me" (Pack)
  9. "How Much I Feel" (Pack)
  10. "Bang The Drum All Day" (Rundgren)
  11. "The Real Me" (Townsend)
  12. "Dreamboat Annie" (Wilson)
  13. "Games People Play" (Parsons)
  14. "Barracuda" (Wilson)
  15. "My Generation" (Pack, Rundgren)

2001 Tour Set List: Set 2[edit]

  1. "Back in the U.S.S.R." (Pack)
  2. "Lady Madonna" (Rundgren)
  3. "I'm Down" (Wilson)
  4. "The Fool on the Hill" (Pack)
  5. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Rundgren, Wilson)
  6. "Here Comes the Sun" (Townsend)
  7. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Pack, Wilson)
  8. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Rundgren acoustic solo)
  9. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (Wilson)
  10. "Rain" (Rundgren)
  11. "Blackbird" (Parsons acoustic solo)
  12. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" (Wilson)
  13. "Revolution" (Rundgren)
  14. "Day Tripper" (Pack, Rundgren)
  15. "Ticket to Ride" (Pack, Rundgren)
  16. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Pack, Rundgren)
  17. "Hey Jude" (Wilson)

2001 Encore[edit]

  1. "Birthday" (All)
  2. "Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End" (Wilson)

2002 tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

  • Godfrey Townsend
  • John Beck
  • Steve Murphy