Fab Faux Couldn’t Be More Authentic

Most cover bands have a bad name and it’s understandable. Many of the tribute acts on the landscape are slapped as ‘hacks.’ That’s especially so in the world of the Beatles, in which a myriad of acts attempt to replicate the Fab Four in every manner.      The first thing you’ll notice upon experiencing the Fab Faux, who will return Saturday to the Keswick Theater in Glenside, is that the band doesn’t ape the Beatles look. There’s no wigs or Beatles-que threads.      “That’s just something that we never thought about adding to what we do,” vocalist-bassist Will Lee said. “We focus on other things.”      The Fab Faux, which also includes vocalist-guitarists Jimmy Vivino and Frank Agnello, keyboardist Jack Petruzelli and drummer Rich Pagano, focuses solely on the music, which is arguably the most gripping, moving and meaningful pop-rock ever crafted.       “The Beatles had a massive impact on me,” Lee said. “I remember when I was growing up in Texas and they played the Ed Sullivan Show (in 1964) and it just changed my life. I don’t know if I would be a musician today if it weren’t for the Beatles.”      Lee doesn’t need the Fab Faux income. He’s been the bassist for the in house band, which has toiled for David Letterman since the iconic talk show host, started making a name for himself on late night back in 1982.       “We’re all in the Fab Faux because we love the music,” Lee said. “It’s a privilege to play it. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences that you could ever have.”       The Beatles obsessives take it to another sonic level. While many of its peers deliver decent but often unmemorable sets, the Fab Faux is exacting when it comes to rendering the music, which helped shape a generation and beyond. The Fab Faux’s attention to detail is extraordinary.      “We haven’t just listened to the entire Beatles catalog,” Lee said. “We’ve poured over the bootlegs and any other sonic documents that we could get our hands on. But it’s not a hassle. It’s a labor of love.”      The Fab Faux was born a dozen years ago when Lee asked a New York club’s booking agent if he would let him perform with a Beatles band at his venue. “We were given an opportunity and we seized it,” Lee said. “It was such a joy but then again so is the music of the Beatles. It just makes you feel good.”        Lee has run into Sir Paul McCartney on occasion. During a 9-11 benefit in New York nine-years ago, Lee was compelled to tell McCartney of his endeavor. “I knew that he wasn’t too crazy about Beatles bands,” Lee said. “I told him that we don’t dress up like the Beatles. We don’t pretend to be the Beatles. We just go up there and honor the songs. We play some of the greatest songs ever and we love it and fortunately music fans seem to enjoy it as well.”

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