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#whatstrending: Beatle battle on the Potomac

Friday - 9/2/2011, 2:02pm  ET


WTOP's Neal Augenstein and Nathan Hager ask which version of the Fab Four you like better, the guys with the mop-tops or the later, more experimental Beatles.


Neal Augenstein & Nathan Hager

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Are you a Beatlemaniac?

Do you know "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" like the back of your hand?

Does "All You Need Is Love" sum up your life philosophy?

If you answered Yes to even one of these questions, this may be your weekend.

"Abbey Road on the River," a multi-day festival devoted to the British Invasion, is well under way at the Gaylord National here.

More than 30 bands are putting their spin on the Fab Four and many of the other U.K. bands that followed them across the pond.

Some bands focus on the early mop-top and Beatle-boots days, while others gravitate toward the band's psychedelic, studio-bound late-60s era.

Still others feel comfortable playing the Beatles' entire catalog, but fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo have been known to break down into factions over which phase of the band's career is the best.

Some swear by the more innocent, pop-oriented sound captured in the old Ed Sullivan specials and the movie "A Hard Day's Night."

Others can't get enough of the innovative and influential music that poured out of Abbey Road Studios after the boys from Liverpool gave up on touring, from "Sgt. Pepper" to "Abbey Road."

So, which side are you on?

Join in the Beatle Battle in our comment section, or in the Tweetizen app below, use the hashtag #beatlebattle.

Just remember, no matter which side you're on, We Can Work It Out.

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