Fab Faux – Terminal 5 – March 14, 2009

March 16th, 2009


If you love the Beatles, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll love the Fab Faux too. This supremely talented group of Fabs includes Late Show with David Letterman bassist Will Lee (vocals and bass), soon-to-be Tonight Show guitarist Jimmy Vivino (vocals, guitar and keys), in-demand Rich Pagano (vocals and drums), accomplished songwriter Frank Agnello (vocals and guitars) and multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli (vocals, keys and guitars).

In a show billed “Black & White and in Colour,” the music was just that. The first set leaned heavily on the Beatles’ earlier catalog, while the second set—with a stage makeover featuring an array of balloons and lingering smoke (and even some costume changes: specifically, Vivino looked like a psychedelic pimp)—highlighted some of the Beatles’ later, more colorful work, aided by the three-person Creme Tangerine Strings and the four-piece Hogshead Horns.

The Fab Faux put no effort into looking like the Beatles, but as the band members take turns behind the microphone (and even the drum kit), they stay loyal to the Beatles’ sound—special effects and all. But every once in a while, they stretch out the songs, finding little pockets of music to jam together on songs like “Rain” (one of the Beatles’ finest B-sides, which just missed the cut for Revolver), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (with Vivino ripping Eric Clapton’s epic guitar solos) and “Oh! Darling” (highlighted by Petruzzelli’s evocative, raspy growl).

The animated Lee put it best when he said, “We’re here for the same reason you are: We love the Beatles.” And it shows. You can catch Jimmy Vivino one last time before he moves to L.A. at the Jimmy Vivino Farewell Show at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, April 4th. —R. Zizmor