I noticed last year that I didn't see Beatle Bob at the Jazz Fest. Whatever happened to him?
Beatle Bob, born in 1953, has been very busy, and — contrary to what we believe — the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is not the only festival in the country.
On Aug. 10, 2010, Beatle Bob — aka Robert Matonis — completed his goal of going to a different concert on 5,000 consecutive nights. He began his quest in 1996 and completed this monumental task when he attended his 5,000th show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room in St. Louis.
For those who have missed the Beatle Bob experience, he dresses in 1960s clothes and sports a haircut reminiscent of the Fab Four. Bob didn't get his nickname from his haircut, however. As a student in St. Louis, he was caught reading a Beatles magazine hidden behind a textbook. When the teacher grabbed the offending reading material, she declared, "That will be enough of that, Beatle Bob!"