The Fab Faux: Abbey Road at the Wellmont

Cover to Cover of a Musical Masterpiece

In the words of Marky Mark, “We are not a cover band, we are a tribute band!” But this is hardly Steel Dragon; this is the Beatles. Founded in 1998 by bassist Will Lee of David Letterman’s Late Show and featuring long-time Conan O’Brien guitarist Jimmy Vivino, The Fab Faux earned acclaim as one of the finest touring acts who perform the material of the Harrison, Lennon & McCartney.

For Saturday Night at the Wellmont Theater they navigated the iconic 1969 masterpiece Abbey Road in its entirety. With Vivino supplying screaming leads, vocal duties were shared by Lee, guitarist Frank Agnello, drummer Rich Pagano, and keyboardist Jack Petruzzelli. The band hit the stage around 8pm warming the audience with a set of Beatles classics.

“Day Tripper,” “Penny Lane,” “Hey Bulldog,” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” all make first set appearances. Though the seated older audience grooved with tapping toes, Vivino’s space rock intro to “Revolution” read the Wellmont the riot act.

After a short intermission, The Fab Faux returned with Lee sporting a blue velour suit as they launched into the opening chords of “Come Together,” and the iconic album Abbey Road. From cover to cover, the band road the musical wave of psychedelic rock n’ roll. “Here Comes the Sun,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Something” had the audience hanging on the muscle memory of music.

After 2+ hours a capping encore of “Twist and Shout” from the Beatles early days in Hamburg, Germany bid goodnight.

Setlist:
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
Tell Me Why
Day Tripper
A Hard Day’s Night
I’ve Just Seen a Face
All I’ve Got to Do
Hey Bulldog
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Revolution
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Fool on the Hill
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
All You Need Is Love

Set 2: Abbey Road
Come Together
Something
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Oh! Darling
Octopus’s Garden
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun
Because
You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
Her Majesty

Encore:
Eight Days a Week
She’s a Woman
Twist and Shout


www.thewellmonttheater.com


Montclair State | New Jersey
03.19.2014

Martin Halo

Martin Halo is a music journalist who founded TheWaster.com in 2006. He currently lives just outside of New York City and is the Director of Publishing for WASTER Inc., Halo Media Group, and Wired Jersey at Montclair State University.