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Band: The Fab Faux
Venue: Massey Hall, Toronto ON
Date: September 9, 2006
Tour: The Fab Faux
Magical Mystery Tour / Lady Madonna / And Your Bird Can Sing / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey / Paperback Writer / Hey Bulldog / Any Time At All / Strawberry Fields Forever / Here Comes The Sun / Nowhere Man / You Won’t See Me / Rain / No Reply / Because / Oh! Darlin’ / While My Guitar Gently Weeps / I Am The Walrus / Penny Lane / Got To Get You Into My Life / All You Need Is Love / Good Morning, Good Morning
Drive My Car / Back In The USSR / Helter Skelter
Members Of The Band:
Will Lee (Vocals and Bass)
Jimmy Vivino (Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards)
Frank Agnello (Guitar and Vocals)
Jack Petruzzelli (Vocals, Keyboards and Guitar)
Rich Pagano (Vocals and Drums)
The Hogshead Horns:
Jerry Vivino (Horns)
Tom “Bones” Malone (Horns)
Tom Timko (Horns)
Creme Tangerine Strings:
Sibel Finn (Cello)
Amy Kimball (Violin)
Erin Hill (Harp and Vocals)
Andy York (Guitar and Vocals)
Comments: I’ve always loved the Beatles. Not slavishly so. I mean, I was sad when John Lennon got murdered but I didn’t weep uncontrollably, tare my hair out, wail and gnash my teeth. But I did mourn, because that meant that I would never get to see a reunited Beatles live in concert. While I’ve always been more of a Stones over Beatles kind of guy, I will admit that music, as we know it today, would probably not be anywhere near as sophisticated as it can be if not for those four shaggy haired mop tops from Liverpool. I kind of backed my way into these tickets; Billy, a friend and owner of my local watering hole at the time was given an mitt full of tickets to this gig.
“Do you and Rhonda like the Beatles?”
“Sure,” I gamely replied.
“Well, here are a couple of tickets for The Fab Faux who are playing Massey Hall this Saturday night.”
After thanking Billy I proceeded to Google The Fab Faux discovering along the way that they are one of, if not THE premiere Beatles tribute acts going. I was suddenly excited to go see these folks live.
Rhonda and I stopped off for drinks at the local Hard Rock Cafe (and the first one in North America) where we bumped into local morning side kick Ryan Parker from Q107 and his future wife. After a couple of bevvies, we made our way down to the intimate confines of Massey Hall.
The thing I loved most about this show was The Fab Faux didn’t just go for the cheap thrills; the expected hits. Instead, we were treated to deep cuts like Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey, Hey Bulldog, Rain and No Reply. Plus an absolutely soul stealing version of Oh! Darling. Folks, I cannot recommend this band strongly enough.