The Smithereens: Buddy Holly Meets The Beatles


The Smithereens

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Set List

  • "Top of the Pops"
  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
  • "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
  • "Blood and Roses"

Rock-music veterans whose careers span more than 25 years, The Smithereens' members combine the sounds of Buddy Holly and The Beatles with shades of metal and prog-rock.

Pat DiNizio started The Smithereens in New Jersey in the late '70s, and the band became a staple of the New York bar scene with its mixture of Britpop, classic oldies and hard rock. Finally, in 1986, the group enjoyed a major breakthrough with the hit single "Blood and Roses" from Especially for You. Shortly thereafter, The Smithereens signed a major-label deal and scored a hit with Smithereens 11. This year brings Meet the Smithereens!, an album covering Meet the Beatles in its entirety.

This segment originally aired on Apr. 11, 2007.

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