One of the best Beatle tribute bands in the world, the Fab Four have performed at a number of famous venues and occasions around the world. They performed when the Beatles’ wax figures from Madam Tassaud’s were unveiled in Las Vegas for a short exhibit, and have also headlined Liverpool’s annual Beatleweek in 2004, 2008 and in 2011. Recently, the band performed live on AXS TV’s "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands". The band has also been named as the official Beatles tribute of K-Earth 101.
The Beatles were an English band from Liverpool, formed in 1960. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Considered by many to be the most influential and greatest act of our times, their work reshaped and redefined rock music. The Beatles started off as a rock and roll band, however, in their later years the band experimented with a wide range of genres, ranging from psychedelic rock to pop ballads, sometimes incorporating classical elements in their music, like the sitar.
The Beatles’ became a worldwide sensation and their enormous popularity came to be known as "Beatlemania". The band released a string of extremely successful albums in the late 1960s’, cementing their place as one of the greatest music acts of all time. These albums were Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968), and Abbey Road (1969).
The Fab Four:
The band was a brainchild of John Lennon impersonator, Ron McNeil, who spotted Ardy Sarraf at a Beatles convention in Los Angeles. McNeil heard Sarraf performing a song by Paul McCartney and could not believe how similar to the Beatles’ guitarist he sounded like. He approached Sarraf with the proposal of starting a tribute band to which Sarraf agreed and they completed the lineup a couple of years later.
The original lineup consisted of McNeil, Ardy Sarraf, Michael Amador and Rolo Sandoval. McNeil became John Lennon, Sarraf became Paul McCartney, Amador became George Harrison and Sandoval became Ringo Starr.
With the lineup now complete, the Fab Four began performing the Beatles’ songs throughout Southern California. In the early days, one of the band’s regular fixtures became performances at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Terrace. Along with that they also regularly performed at The Hop and Scruffy O’Sheas.
As the band slowly became successful, they decided to employ a second cast of musicians who were engaged to perform a Beatles tribute stage show in Las Vegas. Performing under the name of Fab Four Mania, the Vegas band performed six nights a week for four years.
The one thing that sets the band apart from other tribute bands is their emphasis on detail. While performing live, they wear the same era clothes, use the same instruments and have even adopted the Beatles speech patterns. Ardy Sarraf even learned how to play the bass left-handed, just like Paul McCartney plays. That makes the illusion of the Beatles performing live much more believable, making a Fab Four show, the next best thing to actually watching the Beatles performing live.