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Like a number of baby boomers, Livingston's Pete Michaels got hooked on the Beatles when the Fab Four appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964.

The multitalented Michaels -- he's a comedian, ventriloquist, musician, singer who has performed numerous benefits on the Island -- reconnected with the music when his son Peter was born.

"My son is 9 and I've been into this Beatle thing for nine years when they released 'Anthology,'" Michaels explained.

The Islander formed Love Me Do, a Beatles tribute band that re-creates the music of the Fab Four during their touring years. Their repertoire contains songs from the Beatles' first six albums, "Please Please Me" through "Revolver."

"It's all the early stuff. That vintage Beatle sound," Michaels said. "And we can play it note for note. That exact same sound. What the Beatles did live on stage -- we can do live."

With the country in a recession, Michaels said it's clear that people want to kick back and get rid of all the stress.

"The thing I'm finding out is that the Beatles' music is ageless.....Young kids, middle-aged people.....Especially the boomers... Its fun...

"We have a good time up there. We get the people singing and dancing. We have a good time. In this economy, people want to be entertained."

Love Me Do performs tomorrow from 9 to 11 p.m. at The Arts Factory Theater, 280 Avenue E. Bayonne.

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Beatles tribute band Love Me Do performs tomorrow night at 9 at the Arts Factory Theater, 280 Ave. E, Bayonne.