Fab Four Brings Back The Beatles
Fifty years ago, The Beatles landed in America and changed the face of music forever.
The Fab Four, as they came to be known, were introduced to the country through an appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and the country was introduced to the concept of fans going so wild that their screaming drowned out the music.
That period of time will be recreated along with performances from throughout The Beatles’ career when The Fab Four plays The Paramount in Huntington on Feb. 8, the eve of the 50th anniversary of historic Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
Widely considered to be the best tribute band recreating The Beatles’ sound, The Fab Four is known for meticulous, down-to-the-note recreations covering the full Beatles’ songbook. The group was formed in 1997 when Ron McNeil, who impersonates John Lennon in the group, heard Ardy Sarraf, originally the Paul McCartney impersonator, performing Beatles material in Liverpool, England.
“I just couldn’t believe it; I thought it was some kind of trick,” McNeil said in a telephone interview.
The Fab Four was formed with McNeil, Sarraf, Rolo Sandoval (Ringo Starr) and Michael Amador (George Harrison) and began playing throughout Southern California, including shows at Disneyland. As they perfected The Beatles’ songbook and their reputation grew, they played Vegas plus dates around the world. Their show covers the full Beatles’ repertoire, a considerable body of music encompassing several distinct styles.
With current hoopla over the Ed Sullivan anniversary, the band finds itself in greater-than-usual demand.
“We’ll be all over the place. We’re doing a lot of morning talk shows and television appearances,” McNeil said.
The Paramount gig falls one day before the historic anniversary, so The Fab Four is planning something special.
“For the 50th anniversary, we’re changing things up a bit,” McNeil said. The band has Ed Sullivan impersonator Jerry Hoban, who played the role in the film “Pulp Fiction,” to recreate the historic moment.
The Fab Four concerts cover every period of The Beatles’ influential career, from the early days (“Love Me Do,” “Hard Day’s Night”), through the psychedelic period (“Strawberry Fields,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”) to the groundbreaking music leading up to the band’s 1970 breakup (“Let It Be,” “I Want You-She’s So Heavy”). Covering some of the most tumultuous years in American culture, the show sees a few costume changes as the mop-topped band grows out of the grey suits they first wore through the mustached Sgt. Pepper years to the hippie years.
Tickets for The Paramount show are $29.50 to $63.50. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, http://paramountny.com or the theater box office. For more information, call The Paramount at 631-673-7300.