New York City Article
The Fab Faux
With The Hogshead Horns & The Creme Tangerine Strings
Saturday, November 2
Writing in the Wall Street Journal in 2013, I observed that "The Fab Faux are not interested in nostalgia – they are a musical ensemble, and, unlike any other Beatles recreation that I have seen, they play the Beatles canon like it was, well, music. They don’t dress up in Beatles outfits or don fake mustaches and Sgt. Pepper suits – no more than Leonard Bernstein felt compelled to wear a powdered wig when he conducted Mozart. They don’t address the crowd in faux-Liverpuddlian accents, no more than Wynton Marsalis feels the need to go around saying 'love you madly' whenever he plays the music of Duke Ellington with the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra."
The Fab Faux are a virtuoso band of studio and TV musicians, the most visible is the highly pnuematic bassist Will Lee, best known for his years with Paul Schaeffer and David Letterman, along with Jimmy Vivino from 'Conan', Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Ray Davies,) Jack Petruzzelli, (Joan Osborne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright) and Frank Agnello (Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw). Perhaps their most valuable aspect is that they perform works from the latter part of the Beatles catalog, from those later years when the group was no longer touring and thus the Fab Faux regularly offers complete presentations of those increasingly ambitious and complex later albums that the original Fab Four themselves never actually played outside of the studio. (To do this they are supplemented by both horns and strings - at times there's a veritable orchestra on stage.)
The Fab Faux’s annual Fall shows (which almost always land somewhere between John Lennon’s birthday in October and his assassination in December) at the iconic Beacon Theater always include at least one album performed in it’s entirety, and this Saturday there are three: Meet the Beatles, Rubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. It’s been years and years since they’ve done the White Album live - I’m lobbying for that one for 2020, which would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday).