The Beatles played their last stadium gig in August, 1966 at Candlestick Park, then stopped touring altogether. At least publicly, they claimed that their new songs, coming off of intricately-produced albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, were just too hard to perform live.
Enter The Fab Faux, the greatest of all Beatles cover bands.
Featuring Will Lee (bassist for the Late Show with David Letterman), Jimmy Vivino (bandleader for Conan), Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, and Jack Petruzzelli, The Fab Faux is all about one thing– performing live the most accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire. That includes songs that The Beatles never played live, and particularly songs off of the intricate later albums.
Above, you can watch them in action, playing the extended medley (16 minutes) that graces the second side of Abbey Road. Before you watch it, here are a couple things you need to know:
This Fab Faux recording of most of side two of ‘Abbey Road’ is a live, in-the-studio performance for a two-camera video shoot…. In the end, there were only three minor guitar fixes and each section was recorded in no more than three takes (most were two). There are NO added overdubs within this performance. The audio is pure – and mixed by Joe Chinnici.
The video was originally recorded for The Howard Stern Show. If you want to get a feel for how well The Fab Faux nailed it, watch their version played alongside the original below:
Audio: The Beatles Play Their Final Concert at Candlestick Park, 1966
Take a Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios, Courtesy of the New Google Site “Inside Abbey Road”
A Short Film on the Famous Crosswalk From the Beatles’ Abbey Road Album Cover
Hear the Isolated Vocal Tracks for The Beatles’ Climactic 16-Minute Medley on Abbey Road
I have to admit I consider myself more of a Beatles fan than a Stones fan. However, I never really had much regard for Ringo’s and George’s playing. I guess I never watched the Beatles live. So watching this, I get a sense of really how musical those two were. Mea culpa, G+R. Great video. Fantastic sound.
I saw them play this LIVE last year when they did the whole Abbey Road album. Incredible. It gave me goosebumps.
These guys are amazing. I play in a Beatles tribute band as well so to hear the Fab Faux’s amazing reproduction is a real treat. I really hate to nitpick but the cowbell pattern on Polythene Pam is off though. Keep up the great work gentlemen.
DAMN. WTF What else can I say. HOLY F#$K
This is awesome stuff, no wonder Dan is now assembling a covers list! My only disappointment is that the camera doesn’t seem to know where to be for all the good bits!
watch their roof top performance again………………….. we forget how good they were
These guys are nearly flawless. Amazing.
Bill Frisell played a concert featuring the songs of John Lennon a few years back. It’s brilliant stuff.