Season 2 of AXS TV’s mega-hit The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands continued its spectacular run last night at the Roxy with the ultimate Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four.
Of the 10 bands scheduled for Season 2, The Fab Four is probably the band I was most looking forward to seeing. I became familiar with them when I was working at the Burbank Film Festival, which screened an incredible documentary called Come Together: A Beatles Tribute, moderated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird. The subject of the documentary was the proliferation of Beatles tribute bands around the world, and The Fab Four was featured prominently.
Well, let me tell you right away that the awesomeness I saw last night at the Roxy was amazingly better than the documentary. The attention to every possible detail, including clothing, instruments, mannerisms, and speech patterns made the music of the Beatles come alive, transporting the audience to the 60’s. Were it not for all the iPhones and other cameras, it would have been easy to believe I was at the Canyon Club watching the birth of this band, which has changed the face of music as we know it.
The Fab Four, wonderfully portrayed by Ron McNeil as John Lennon; Arty Sarraf as Paul McCartney, Erik Fidel as Ringo Starr and Gavin Pring as George Harrison, put on an incredible performance that showcased three distinct periods of Beatles history: their beginnings in the early 60’s, when every song was less than three minutes long; their Sgt. Pepper album; and their final days in the mid-70’s as the influence of Yoko Ono would lead John away to pursue peace.
The Fab Four were experts in audience interaction, and the audience responded by singing virtually every note to every song back to them. It was quite an amazing sight to see, and added to the feeling of actually being at a Beatles concert.
Their set list included I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please Please Me, All my Loving (first heard on the Ed Sullivan Show), Do you Want to Know a Secret?, A Hard Day’s Night, I Should Have Known Better, Eight Days a Week, Can’t Buy me Love, Yesterday, Day Tripper, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout in the first segment; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help From my Friends (featuring Ringo as Billy Shears), Strawberry Fields Forever, SPLHCB (reprise), which featured Paul on the drums with Ringo, and A Day in the Life in the Sgt. Pepper segment; and Get Back, Imagine (what a tearjerker – so good!), Here Comes the Sun, Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Revolution and the finale Hey Jude in the closing segment.
What a perfect night and a perfect choice by Katie Daryl and the World’s Greatest Tribute Band crew. I can hardly wait for next week’s performance by Guns 4 Roses, a tribute to the music of Guns ‘n Roses.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are FREE and are available here