The Fab Faux

 

The Fab Faux

 

WHO ARE WE

 

Will Lee (Vocals/Bass)

 

To say that Grammy Award-winning Will Lee has done it all in the music business would be quite an understatement. Perhaps best known as bassist for over two decades on The Late Show with David Letterman, Will has also lent his considerable talents to well over 1,000 Pop, Jazz and Rock albums (Ricky Martin, Burt Bacharach, Bee Gees, George Benson, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper, Barry Manilow, Miami Sound Machine, Buddy Rich, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Grover Washington Jr., Cat Stevens, Vanessa Williams, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Kool & the Gang, Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, Carly Simon, D'Angelo, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Pat Metheny, and Steely Dan, to name a very few); has sung and played on an equal number of TV and radio commercials; and performed live with countless artists, including three Beatles! Founding and leading The Fab Faux reflects Will's lifelong love and respect for The Beatles' music; he says it best when he says, "They gave us all a wakeup call."

 

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Rich Pagano (Drums/Vocals)

 

Rich Pagano, a respected New York sideman known for his expertise in producing, recording or playing drums on tour with artists including Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Robbie Robertson, Ray Davies, Willie Nile, gospel icon Marie Knight, Joan Osborne, Levon Helm, and Mott The Hoople legend Ian Hunter. Rich released his first solo effort, rich pagano + the sugarCane cups in 2009 to high praise ("Among the best albums that you'll hear in 2009" - Blurt Magazine).

 

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Frank Agnello (Guitar)

 

In addition to The Fab Faux and his music industry day job, Frank has had the pleasure of playing with such artists as Marshall Crenshaw, Badfinger's Joey Molland, Phoebe Snow, Al Kooper, Mike Viola, Jill Sobule, Jackie DeShannon, Willie Nile, Richard Lloyd and Ivan Julian. Frank has written and commenced recording a self-arranged and produced album of 12 songs, which he hopes to complete in the coming months.

 

Jimmy Vivino (Guitar)

 

Jimmy Vivino is currently Music Director/guitarist/arranger for Conan with Conan O'Brien. That and The Fab Faux keep him pretty busy these days (with a little room for personal time). All that other stuff "played with this one or that...worked on this or that...produced this or that".. Doesn't matter. Only Present and Future count. You can find that stuff on my website if you care.

 

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Jack Petruzzelli (Keyboard/Guitar)

 

When he first heard the sounds of the Beatles, Jack was hooked, doing back flips in the back of his Mothers 67 Cadillac. Fast forward to the present, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli, is one of the most sought after and respected musician on the scene. Recording and touring with everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Joan Osborne, music legends Patti Smith and Ian Hunter, to budding underground sensations, Jack's raw talent and genuine love of his craft seamlessly blends into all he touches while adding his own unique style. A soulful musician on guitar & keyboards, any instrument within distance, or as a singer, Jack's musical talent and striking resemblance to Clark Gable, with Jackie Gleason charm, has won over admirers around the globe. Jack is also writing and producing music.

 

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THE FAB FAUX STORY

 

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. Imagine hearing complex material like "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "I Am the Walrus" performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as "Because", "Nowhere Man", and "Paperback Writer", reproduced not only note-for-note, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect.

 

The musical virtuosity of The Fab Faux - in actuality five of the hardest working musicians in NYC – completely up-ends the concept of a Beatles tribute band. Far beyond being extended sets of cover versions, their astounding shows are an inspired re-discovery of the Beatles' musical magic, as The Fab Faux tackles the group's most demanding material live onstage in a way that has to be experienced to be believed.

 

Calling them, "the greatest Beatles cover band – without the wigs," Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke wrote, "the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee." Approaching the songs with the intent of playing them live as accurately in musical reading and in spirit as possible, The Faux's breathtaking performances tend to dispel all concert goers' previous notions of a Beatles tribute act. "The Fab Faux have the hardest job in the history of R & R and they pull it off damn well. All rock bands want to be like the Beatles; these guys have the nerve to BE the Beatles. Amazingly, they're so good at it you learn new things about the originals" - Dave Marsh, legendary Rock Critic and Sirius Radio Host.

 

The Fab Faux are a labor of love that was born in 1998 when neighbors Jimmy Vivino, Music Director/Guitarist for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and longtime music partner of Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Laura Nyro and Max Weinberg (to name a few), and Will Lee (who's played with all 4 Beatles), bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show With David Letterman kicked around the idea during an elevator ride in their NYC building. Rounding out the line-up are lead-singing drummer/producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Ray Davies, etc.), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow, etc.) and ace keyboardist/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, Joan Osborne Band, etc.). All five principals contribute vocals, making the Faux's soaring harmonies as resonant as their multi-instrumental chops, which are further enhanced by the four-piece Hogshead Horns (with Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears and SNL band alums) and Creme Tangerine Strings.

 

The Faux's high energy shows have generated serious buzz not only at top NYC venues including sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Webster Hall – with Beatles fans, movie stars and world class musicians in attendance - but at major dates in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Park City, Utah (Sundance), Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Toronto, among other locales. They’ve headlined 4 of the last 5 years at Liverpool's annual Beatle Week, playing before 35,000 Beatle fanatics – while in England, they had the rare honor of recording an original song at Abbey Road Studios – and also delighted the masses performing live on the Howard Stern Show and The Mark And Brian Show. Benefit and corporate dates have included events for JVC, the N.B.A. and the Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Research Foundation. TV appearances include Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

 

"It's not just a cover band," says the Faux's Pagano. "This is the greatest Pop music ever written, and we're such freaks for it...Vivino adds, "It's constant archaeology." Imagine the instrumental complexities of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day in the Life" performed part-perfect with an orchestra. The lush, multi-layered harmonies of "Because," and "Eleanor Rigby" sung note-for-note. The adrenaline rush of "Helter Skelter" and "Paperback Writer," delivered spot on... "Whenever anyone saw The Beatles perform it was just the four guys," Lee continues. "You never saw them on stage with a sitar or a string section. We have all that stuff."

 

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www.thefabfaux.com

 

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