THE BEATELS have a consistent line-up, & this is one of the secrets to the way they maintain their quality.
Bruce is one lucky guy. Not only does he love playing the role of John Lennon with THE BEATELS, he just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to the great man. The Sydney Morning Herald called his resemblance "spooky", but no matter what you call it, it's a handy thing. Combine that with the stances, the accent, the style - and you have one breathtaking impersonation of John Lennon. And he has been doing now for 25 years!
Bruce began his career as a John Lennon impersonator in 1990, when he joined another Beatles act called The Beatnix, which is where he first met the other founding members of THE BEATELS. He quickly gained a reputation as the most recognisable Lennon impersonator in Australia from his appearances with that group on Hey Hey It's Saturday, The Midday Show, & internationally, & even for his part in a now famous Beatle-version of "A Stairway To Heaven" . Since forming THE BEATELS in early 1996, his impersonations of John Lennon with THE BEATELS have been applauded around the world, & now in his 28th year of "being John", it doesn't look like stopping soon!
Richard joined THE BEATELS in 2017, and brings with him a fresh energy for the role of Lead Macca in the group. He sings like McCartney, and he has mastered the complex bass parts of McCartney. Richard plays a Hofner bass guitar for the songs from the early years, and moves to a custom-painted Rickenbacker, as did McCartney. Richard also sings and performs the song Yesterday on acoustic guitar, just like McCartney did at his famous Royal Command Performance in 1964.
Although born in Sydney, Richard’s ancestors are from Liverpool, England, starting with his grand-parents and going back for generations, and so THE BEATELS is a natural fit for him. Richard is a gifted and versatile singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, classically trained on piano and self-taught on guitar, bass guitar and vocals. Richard musically impersonates McCartney’s different vocal tones while duplicating the intricate melodic bass guitar lines, and occasionally winking at the audience.
He spent the 1980s in Los Angeles and the 1990s in London songwriting while performing both original showcases and cover band gigs. Over that time he performed in many venues, including London bars, Paris pubs and Los Angeles clubs. He is currently producing his original recordings and licensing them for television.