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The Fab Faux

Background information
Origin New York
Genres Rock and Roll
Beatles Tribute
Years active 1998-Present
Labels None
Website Official Website
Will Lee
Jimmy Vivino
Rich Pagano
Frank Agnello
Jack Petruzzelli

The Fab Faux is a musical tribute band performing the works of The Beatles. The group was founded by Will Lee, bassist for Late Show with David Letterman, and features Jimmy Vivino, guitarist for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Other members include Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, and Jack Petruzzelli. The band is committed to performing live what they feel would be an accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, often performing material The Beatles never played live. Often, the band is accompanied by a horn section (known as the Hogshead Horns) and a string section (known as the Creme Tangerine Strings) to achieve the proper sound.

Their performances in the New York City area have included The Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Nokia Theater, Irving Plaza, The Bottom Line, and The China Club. Their shows often have themes; one show could feature a track-by-track rendering of The White Album; the next might feature all of the Beatles psychedelic work; another will include a full survey of the band from its Cavern Club days through Let It Be. The Fab Faux has also performed a show of post-Beatle solo material.

The group was featured in a full-length profile on CNN that was broadcast worldwide. They also participated in a CD of original material by Beatles tribute bands, recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios. The group has performed multiple times in Liverpool, England, where they played three shows each year from 1999 to 2005 for that city's annual Beatle Week festivities, including outdoor concerts for over 35,000 people on the Apple-sponsored Yellow Submarine and Let It Be stages.

The Band was featured in a full-page story in an August 2005 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Senior Editor David Fricke wrote: "The Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee;" and the story's byline called The Fab Faux "The greatest Beatles cover band...without the wigs." [1]

In an on-air interview (and accompanying print article) with National Public Radio's Ashley Kahn in January 2008, members of the band discussed their process of re-creating The Beatles' material for live performance; as well as an account of a brief conversation about the band between Will Lee and Paul McCartney. [2]


Notable Appearances

On March 28, 2007, the band performed on The Howard Stern Show for the second time. They performed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/A Day in the Life" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "Penny Lane," and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Stern stated during a replay of their performances that listening to them gives him chills.

On February 9, 2007, the band appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, marking a musical cross-over of sorts, as band member Jimmy Vivino is a featured player in The Max Weinberg 7, the house band for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It was also the first time a cover band was shown on The Late Show, and the first time members of the CBS Orchestra, Will Lee and Tom Malone, performed as members of a guest band.

On September 12, 2008, the band appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, once again marking a 'cross-over.' [3]

On September 20, 2008 the band celebrated its 10th anniversary at a sold out show in Radio City Music Hall. [4]

Band members


Current members

  • Will Lee - bass, keys, vocals
  • Jimmy Vivino - guitar, keys, vocals
  • Rich Pagano - drums, vocals
  • Frank Agnello - guitar, vocals
  • Jack Petruzelli - keys, guitar, vocals

Guest musicians

  • Jerry Vivino - horns
  • Tom "Bones" Malone - horns
  • Tom Timko - horns
  • Sibel Finn - cello
  • Amy Kimball - violin
  • Erin Hill - harp, backing vox
  • Andy York - guitar, backing vox
  • John Chudoba - trumpet

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