The Fab Faux Kicks off Their Show “Number 9” at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, June 24
The Fab Faux kicks off their show “Number 9” at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, June 24 with The Hogshead Horns & The Crème Tangerine Strings! In anticipation of their ninth show at The Cap, and in celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary, we’re bringing you our 9 favorite moments from the greatest The Beatles cover band across the universe! Grab your tickets for June 24 here!
1. FAB FAUX & TREY ANASTASIO “EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEY”
One of the more mind-blowing jams took place at the May 8, 2008 Jammy Awards in the iconic Madison Square Garden when legendary phish guitarist Trey Anastasio joined forces with The Faux. Together, they unleashed their talent on a cover of the Beatles' "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" that proves The Faux' musical prowess and Anastasio's unmatched guitar work.
2. ABBEY ROAD MEDLEY ON HOWARD STERN SHOW
In a moment oozing with musical precision, The Faux delivered a perfect rendition of Abbey Road’s legendary, 17-minute finale during their appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2010. Abbey Road, known as The Beatles' final album before their split in 1969, holds a special place in music history and in our hearts. Some of the iconic songs were famously performed on the Abbey Road rooftop in 1969, and their musical magic was recently revived through the captivating Get Back documentary.
During their time in England, The Faux also had the incredible opportunity to record their very own original song at the legendary Abbey Road studio, adding another layer of significance to their musical journey. The band has graced the SiriusXM studio with their performances on multiple occasions, leaving audiences, and Howard Stern in awe.
3. THEIR UNFORGETTABLE LETTERMAN PERFORMANCE
To mark 43 years since Beatlemania's entrance to the US through the band's iconic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Faux delivered an electrifying rendition of "I Am The Walrus" for Letterman on Feb 9, 2007. Fab Faux bassist Will Lee was an original in Letterman's house band "The World's Most Dangerous Band" on NBC. Lee’s musical journey continued with Letterman until Letterman retired from Late Night in 2015. With the support of a vibrant string quartet, this performance provides a glimpse into the brilliance The Fab Faux can reach when referencing the Beatles' later work. Give the full video a watch here!
4. CONAN O’BRIEN & THE FAUX
The Fab Faux guitarist Jimmy Vivino brings another late-night talk show connection to the band through his extended history with Conan O’Brien. Vivino shredded in Conan's house band “The Max Weinberg 7” from 1993 all the way through 2009. He also led “Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band '' on TBS’s Conan the following decade. We love this clip from when Conan sat in with Faux performing a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business” in June 2007 at Bowery Ballroom in New York.
5. “PSYCHEDELIA!” 10-YEAR PERFORMANCE AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
To honor a decade since their inception, The Faux created a night of serene celebration with a performance on Late Night With Conan, and their grandest headlining concert to date—a sold-out performance at the iconic Radio City Hall on September 20, 2008. The show featured the most exotic, and experimental sounds from The Beatles’ psychedelic years. Innovative instrumentation like Frank Agnello's use of bass harmonica, and Jerry Vivino rocking the recorder on "Fool on The Hill" mesmerized the audience for the entire night. On Late Night with Conan, the Faux performed “All You Need Is Love." It's a must-watch, as wacky as it is, featuring Abraham Lincoln on the piano, confetti, and a balloon drop! We can't wait to see what surprises are in store for their show here at The Cap!
6. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE FAUX'S “HEY BULLDOG”
Adding to their impressive collaborations, The Faux had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Elvis Costello to join them on stage in November 2006. Together, they ripped thorugh a remarkable performance, covering the bluesy gem "Hey Bulldog" from The Beatles' 1969 Yellow Submarine soundtrack Album. The energy was electric as Costello's distinct voice intertwined with The Faux's impeccable playing, Watch the full video here and get ready to rock!
7. BASSIST WILL LEE WITH GEORGE HARRISON & RINGO STARR ON “WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS”
On the memorable night of April 6, 1992, bassist Will Lee took the stage alongside legendary George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the esteemed Royal Albert Hall. Their performance of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was simply magical. Little did they know, this would be George's final headlining concert before his passing in 2001. Will Lee, has had the incredible honor of performing with all four Beatles throughout his career. In 2011, Lee had a chance encounter with Paul McCartney himself. They shared a conversation about the challenges of recreating The Beatles' later work, like the enigmatic "Tomorrow Never Knows." It's these connections and shared experiences that keep the spirit of their music alive, reminding us of the impact The Beatles had on generations of musicians and fans alike. Watch the incredible show and get ready to sing along.
8. “A DAY IN THE LIFE” CELEBRATING LENNON AT 70
On September 25, 2010, at Radio City Music Hall The Fab Faux played songs from John Lennon's iconic career including his catalog with The Beatles and his solo work. Rich Pagano infused the venue with Lennon's spirit on “A Day in The Life” rocking the innocent Lennon voice while keeping the beat on the drums. It was a beautiful tribute to the late John Lennon, commemorating what would have been his 70th birthday. With a full orchestra: The Hogshead Horns, The Creme Tangerine Strings, and The Nutopia Choir, they brought this magical Sgt. Pepper's masterpiece to life.
9. THEIR ‘THE SOLO YEARS’ SET AT THE CAP IN 2019
How on earth could we let slip the awesomeness of The Fab Faux’s last performance at The Cap on May 4, 2019, with their second set featuring an array of covers from the “solo years” of the original Fab Four, from this iconic list! Solo hits like Lennon’s “Imagine," Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord," Starr’s “Photograph," and Paul McCartney/Wings’ “Live and Let Die,'' were all played. Sit back, relax, immerse yourself, and get excited for the upcoming show here on June 24 with this enchanting experience from this "Solo Years" concert:
We can’t wait to see what The Fab Faux has in store for June 24, get your tickets now!
Words by Samuel Knee