In 1966, John Lennon made an infamous — and, by his reckoning, misunderstood — comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now."
Thursday night in Huntington Beach, the Fab Four met religion again, and it was evident which side won.
At the opening of a two-day engagement at First Christian Church, the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts performed the group's self-titled 1968 double album, better known as the White Album, from top to bottom. On 29 of the 30 songs, the students stuck with the original lyrics and arrangements, or at least as much as possible (sadly, there was no animal on hand to oink at the end of "Piggies").
When the ensemble got to Paul McCartney's rocker "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", though, the lyrics mysteriously morphed to "Why Don't We Go Out in the Road?" On the screen above, a photo montage showed students goofing around in the middle of the street — vacuuming, eating, sleeping, clutching a stuffed animal and more.