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"Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown," comes to the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago.The Beatles were the boys next door, and the Stones were the bad boys of the British invasion. Who was better?

Two tribute bands will engage in an onstage throw down to try to settle the question on Oct. 16 at The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center.

Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road. The Stones tribute band is Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show.

“Music fans never had a chance to see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee,” said Chris Legrand, who plays Mick Jagger in the show. “Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage.”

The Yountville show is part of a 125-stop tour of the U.S., Australia and Canada. 

During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an all-out encore involving both bands. 

“Without Beatlemania, the Stones might still be a cover band in London,” said Chris Overall, who plays Paul McCartney. “There’s no question that the Beatles set the standard.”

Tickets are $35-$65 and may be purchased by phone at 707-944-9900, at the theatre box office or online at www.lincolntheater.com. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center is at 100 California Drive in Yountville. The show is appropriate for all ages.

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