The Fab Four (tribute)

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The Fab Four
The Fab Four Tribute.jpg
Background information
OriginCalifornia
GenresRock and Roll
Beatles Tribute
Years active1997-Present
LabelsDelta Ent. (Laserlight), New World Digital
Websitewww.TheFabFour.com
MembersRon McNeil
Frank Canino
Gilbert Bonilla
Tyson Kelly
Ardy Sarraf
Frank Mendonca III
Neil Candelora
Michael Amador
Gavin Pring
Rolo Sandoval
Joe Bologna
Luis Renteria
Erik Fidel
 
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The Fab Four
The Fab Four Tribute.jpg
Background information
OriginCalifornia
GenresRock and Roll
Beatles Tribute
Years active1997-Present
LabelsDelta Ent. (Laserlight), New World Digital
Websitewww.TheFabFour.com
MembersRon McNeil
Frank Canino
Gilbert Bonilla
Tyson Kelly
Ardy Sarraf
Frank Mendonca III
Neil Candelora
Michael Amador
Gavin Pring
Rolo Sandoval
Joe Bologna
Luis Renteria
Erik Fidel

The Fab Four is a California-based tribute band paying homage to The Beatles. Founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil, John Lennon impersonator and President of The Fab Four Corp., the group began performing Beatles music throughout Southern California. The band’s beginning included regular performances at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace, The Hop and Scruffy O’Sheas.

The original group, which includes McNeil, along with Ardy Sarraf, Rolo Sandoval and Michael Amador, have performed together as The Fab Four for the past 12 years, covering nearly the entire Beatles songbook, plus solo material as well.

From 2005 - 2008, The Fab Four brought in a second cast of musicians to perform a full stage show six nights a week in Las Vegas . Performing as Fab Four Mania, the Vegas cast performed regularly in Sin City for four years at locations such as the Las Vegas Hilton,[1] The Aladdin, The Sahara[2] and The Riviera.[3]

This tribute has brought the music of The Beatles to many places including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

The most common current current group consists of McNeil, Gavin Pring, Sarraf, and Erik Fidel.

Cast members[edit]

Side projects[edit]

Wingsband[edit]

Formed by Ardy Sarraf, Wingsband is a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute act that covers many of McCartney's biggest, post-Beatles hits. The band features Ron McNeil, Michael Amador and Rolo Sandoval, plus a horns section led by Wendell Kelly (who has performed with many music acts, including The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston, to name a few), and singer/songwriter Christine Rosander as Linda McCartney. Both Laurence Juber, Wings guitarist from 1978–1981, and Denny Seiwell, the original Wings drummer from 1971–1973, have performed onstage with Wingsband at The Grove in Anaheim, CA.

George Harry’s Son[edit]

George Harrison impersonator and Liverpool native, Gavin Pring, created an act called George Harry’s Son to celebrate Harrison’s solo material, as well as his hits from the Beatle years. Pring has brought this act to the top Beatles music festivals including the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool[4] at the Mathew Street Festival and Abbey Road on the River in the United States. Pring also performed on the same stage as Paul McCartney in 2002 for tribute show held on Harrison’s birthday.

Rutlemania[edit]

In 2007, The Fab Four was approached by Eric Idle from the British comedy group Monty Python, to perform a set of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Rutles, which was a Beatles parody group formed in 1975 by Idle and Neil Innes. The show featured McNeil as Ron Nasty (originally played by Innes), Sarraf as Dirk McQuickly (Idle), Amador as Stig O’Hara (Ricky Fataar) and Sandoval as Barry Wom (John Halsey), and was performed multiple nights in both Los Angeles[5][6] and New York.[7][8]

Yellow Submarine movie remake[edit]

In 2010, The Fab Four was cast to do the motion-capture performance footage for director Robert Zemeckis' 3-D remake of The Beatles animated film classic, Yellow Submarine. The movie was set to be released sometime in 2012, but Disney canceled the project when Zemeckis' film "Mars Needs Moms" did terribly in the box office and critics reviews of Zemeckis' animations were mostly negative.[9][10][11][12][13]

Notable appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

All songs were arranged, performed, recorded and produced by The Fab Four.

A Fab Four Christmas: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Vol. 1[edit]

Release Date - October 16, 2002
Label - Delta Ent. (LaserLight)

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Fab Four, Marks, Johnny
  2. Joy to the World - The Fab Four, Mason, Lowell
  3. Feliz Navidad - The Fab Four, Public Domain
  4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - The Fab Four, Mendelssohn, Felix
  5. Away in a Manger - The Fab Four, Traditional
  6. Good King Wenceslas - The Fab Four, Neale, John M.
  7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - The Fab Four, Sears, Edmund Hamil
  8. Winter Wonderland - The Fab Four, Bernard, Felix
  9. Frosty the Snowman - The Fab Four, Nelson, Steve [2] E
  10. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - The Fab Four, Styne, Jule

Have Yourself a FAB-ulous Little Christmas[edit]

Release Date - October 16, 2002
Label - Delta Ent. (LaserLight)

  1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Fab Four, Coots, J. Fred
  2. Silent Night - The Fab Four, Gruber, Franz
  3. The Christmas Song - The Fab Four, Torme, Mel
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Fab Four, Traditional
  5. The Little Drummer Boy - The Fab Four, Davis, Katherine
  6. Dear Santa - The Fab Four, Hudson, Mark
  7. What Child Is This? - The Fab Four, Dix, William Chatte
  8. Blue Christmas - The Fab Four, Hayes, Bill
  9. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - The Fab Four, Marks, Johnny
  10. Jingle Bells - The Fab Four, Pierpont, J.S.

Hark![edit]

In 2008 the songs were digitally re-mastered and released on a single album titled, “HARK!”.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeke Quezada. "Las Vegas Hilton Theater: Entertainment Schedule". www.about.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  2. ^ Heather (2008-02-08). "Fab Four Mania at the Sahara Hotel". www.thelasvegasadventurer.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  3. ^ Mike Weatherford (2008-10-16). "Beatles tribute reopens at Riviera". www.lvrj.com. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  4. ^ "GEORGE HARRY'S SON - A George Harrison Themed Supergroup from Liverpool". www.beatlenews.com. 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  5. ^ Elise Thompson (2007). "Rutlemania!". www.laist.com. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  6. ^ Phil Gallo (2008-03-07). "Rutlemania Returns To Hollywood". www.variety.com. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  7. ^ Jesse Jarnow (2007). "Live: Rutlemania at the Blender Theater the Gramercy at Your Mom". www.villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  8. ^ Jay Lustig (2007). "Celebrating the band that celebrated the four lads from Liverpool". www.nj.com. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Disney Kills 'Yellow Submarine' Remake". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 4/6/11. 
  10. ^ Daniel Kreps (1/12/2010). "Actors, Tribute Band Cast as Beatles in Zemeckis’ "Yellow Submarine" Remake". www.rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  11. ^ Dan Halen (1/12/2010). "The Beatles Yellow Submarine Movie: Gets A Cast And 3D CGI". www.beforeitsnews.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  12. ^ Russell Hall (2010-1-13). "Main Cast Selected For Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Remake". www.gibson.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  13. ^ Patrick Foster (2010-1-14). "Beatles actors who will all live in a 3-D Yellow Submarine are named". www.timesonine.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2010-01-16.  [dead link]
  14. ^ "Ellen's Really Big Show". www.warnerbros.com. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Liverpool Tour". www.liverpooltour.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  16. ^ Mike Weatherford (2006-07-28). "'Fab Four' reminds fans of simple roots: Beatles tribute isn't as fancy as 'Love,' but still a crowd-pleaser". www.reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  17. ^ Mike Weatherford (2008-01-11). "Mop Top Mania: 'Fab Four' balances authenticity with wise-cracking fun". www.reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  18. ^ Michael Lisi (2003-02-12). "Fab Four re-enacts Beatles' shows word for word". www.dailygazette.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  19. ^ "The Linda McCartney Story". www.imdb.com. 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  20. ^ Steve Winno (2008-12-19). "The Fab Four, the ultimate Beatles tribute band release a 20 song Christmas CD for purchase from their website.". www.i-newswire.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28. [dead link]