Doctor Robert’s Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much do you charge?
Answer: Our rate depends on many factors. Details such as length of set, time of year/day of week (summer and weekends are peak times, therefore cost more), and whether sound and lighting are provided. For events outside Crested Butte, we also ask for travel expenses such as gas, lodging, and meals.
2. Do you play private events?
Answer: Absolutely! This music is perfect for just about any occasion. We’ve played weddings, birthdays, mitzvahs, festivals, private parties, as well as many public performances.
3. Where does the name Doctor Robert come from?
Answer: “Doctor Robert” is a song on the b-side of the Revolver album, just after “For No One” and right before “I Want to Tell You.”
This description below should help clarify who Doctor Robert was (please note, we don’t condone the use of pills or other elicit drugs. We interpret the “drugs” in the song to be “music” that can “help anyone in need”):
“The speculation about the identity of “Dr. Robert” is convincingly cleared up in Paul McCartney’s book “Many Years From Now.” Co-author Barry Miles, reiterating Paul’s account, explains as follows: “In fact, the name was based on the New York Dr. Feelgood character Dr. Robert Freymann, whose discreet East 78th Street clinic was conveniently located for Jackie Kennedy and other wealthy Upper East Siders from Fifth Avenue and Park to stroll over for their vitamin B-12 shots, which also happened to contain a massive dose of amphetamine. Dr. Robert’s reputation spread and it was not long before visiting Americans told John and Paul about him.”
John Lennon thought it would be a great joke to have the whole world singing along about the “good Doctor.”
4. What is the band’s history?
Answer: The idea for Doctor Robert came in the summer of 2008, when our bass player (Kevin Reinert) attended a wedding in Illinois that featured a Beatles Tribute band called “The Cavern Beat.” After witnessing EVERYONE at the wedding dancing, singing, and having a great time, the seed was planted to try something similar.
Jump ahead to summer 2010. Kevin and Casey had played together in other bands, and at the time were between projects. After listening to several Beatles albums together at work, it was decided that we would gather some local musicians and give it a try. Ben had fliers up around Crested Butte offering drum lessons, we finally got him on board in September, 2010. We knew Karen from small-town music circles and knew she had great energy, mandolin/guitar skills, and a wonderful voice, so we finally convinced her to come to a practice in October, 2010. During the first year as a band we also had a fifth member, Amanda Cook, who was a full-time piano/keyboard player. Amanda had her first child in 2011, and has since become a full-time mother of two, so naturally had to quit the band. There were several other great musicians that we tried to recruit, but everything worked out as it was supposed to with The Doctor’s lineup, especially since Karen has taken over all songs with piano/keys.
5. Do you impersonate The Beatles?
Answer: No. We wanted to do something different than the majority of other tribute bands, with more emphasis on the music and not the individual personalities of The Fab Four. We dress in mid-1960’s mod-style suits and a dress, but don’t do costume changes between sets. We take a similar approach as the quintessential Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux. There is no “John, Paul, George, and Ringo” in our band, as we all sing and play different parts. For Doctor Robert, it’s all about the music and the infectious energy it creates in a live setting.
We also have a female band member that doesn’t look anything like John Lennon.
6. There are a TON of Beatles tribute bands out there, what makes Doctor Robert unique, and why would I hire you over another tribute act?
Answer: Our show is truly unique within the world of Beatles tribute bands. There are several things that make Doctor Robert unique:
A. We currently know 115 Beatles songs (as of 7/2014, this number is always growing), and no two shows are ever the same. This allows us to play extended sets of music based on the venue, audience, and vibe of the event. We often play more than 50 songs in a show.
B. There are no costume changes based on the era of the music. We perform songs from every era in the same suits and dress, with no two sets being the same, so audiences never know what to expect.
C. We have a female Beatle. While some “purists” don’t take us seriously for this reason, 99.9% of our audiences love the fresh and modern sound Karen brings to the music. Even most of the “purists” are convinced after a handful of songs.
D. We create pure, authentic enthusiasm and excitement on the stage since we love to play live music. Because we don’t impersonate the individual band members, we’re able to create a different level of excitement for the music. So many people have complimented us for our energy level and respect for the songwriting.
E. Our shows are a lot of fun.
7. What Beatles songs do you play?
Answer: We have 115 Beatles songs in our live rotation (as of 7/2014, we’re always expanding the list), which span The Beatles’ entire career. We do not perform any solo/post-Beatles music at this time, nor any unreleased deep tracks (such as “What a Shame Mary Jane”). A full, two-set Doctor Robert experience typically includes 40-50 songs, and no two shows ever have the same set list.
8. How far do you travel to play?
Answer: Since 2010, we’ve played over 100 venues and over 200 shows in Colorado and New Mexico. While we haven’t traveled outside our region, we’re ready to play anywhere in the world that wants to have us.
9. Do you provide sound and lighting?
Answer: We can provide a full sound system and basic lighting if needed. Most private events don’t provide sound, so we’re equipped with everything needed for just about any small to medium-sized performance venue.
10. What equipment do you bring?
Answer: Electric, acoustic, and bass guitars (including a Hofner bass and Epiphone Casino re-issue), keyboard, mandolin, full drum kit, amplifiers, speakers, sound board, and anything else necessary for quality sound reinforcement.
A lot of energy and a fun time are also provided.
11. I noticed a tambourine on stage that isn’t being used for every song. Can I take it without asking and dance around with it completely out of rhythm?
Answer: No, we consider that an act of tambourism. Plus the audience and the band probably don’t need to hear such a piercing instrument where it doesn’t belong.
12. Who is the woman in the band supposed to be? Yoko? Linda? Jane Asher?
Answer: None of the above. Her name is Karen Janssen. Since we don’t impersonate anyone, we’re ourselves playing Beatles music.