The Fab Four in Pasadena
HEY, YOU! What are you doing this weekend? Trying to beat the heat? I bet you are. Cool off with the California Philharmonic summer concert series with special opening weekend guests THE FAB FOUR. The Ultimate Beatles Tribute band, join The Fab Four & Cal Phil as they perform Beatles hits including “Sgt. Pepper”, “Hey Jude”, “Imagine” and “Penny Lane”. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, The Fab Four make you think you are watching the real thing, complete with multiple costume changes that represent various eras of the Beatles ever-changing career.
Speaking as someone who has seen The Fab Four not once, not twice, but three times now ~ I can attest to their heart, skill and integrity of authenticity. I was fortunate to be able to correspond with Ron McNeil, founder of The Fab Four, musician, and John Lennon impersonator extraordinaire.
Q: From Australia, to Japan to the United Kingdom to right here in sunny Southern California, The Fab Four has played all over the world; what is that global appeal that makes The Fab Four stand out among other cover/tribute bands?
Ron McNeil: The first thing that stands out is the great music of The Beatles. Their message of peace and love transcends all barriers. We can physically see how the music bridges gaps, and brings people together. Our show is a reflection of that message. Each night we give a loving and respectful tribute to the greatest music of all time.
Q: When each member of The Fab Four dons their costume, how do they attempt that crucial component of embodying and emanating the essence of that particular member of The Beatles to the audience?
Ron McNeil: We each have our individual rituals that we go through to help us get into character. As a group, each night, just before we go on stage we have a secret handshake that basically means “Let’s go out there and perform as if The Beatles themselves were in the audience.” We feel like they deserve that respect.
Q: How does performing alongside Maestro Vener and Cal Phil add to your show?
Ron McNeil: Maestro Vener is a blast to work with. He’s not as uptight, if you will, as other conductors that we’ve worked with. Plus, since he grew up with The Beatles, he likes to share his personal insights and memories with the audience. The Cal Phil Orchestra is just perfect for what we do. They have just enough “classical leaning” players, combined with more “jazzy” musicians. And that really helps to give us that authentic edge.
Q: Given the universal appeal of The Beatles and the way their lyrics have affected generations worldwide, how has performing these classic songs impacted your own lives?
Ron McNeil: Well, it’s not digging ditches, is it? The Beatles’ music continues to change lives. Obviously with us, we get to share that experience with people all over the world. I think that makes us especially blessed to experience their music from a fan’s point of view, as well as from an artist’s perspective.
Q: Though there has been much celebration of ’50th Anniversaries’ since 2010, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of world wide Beatlemania – can you share with us some plans The Fab Four might have cooking?
Ron: Next year’s gonna be huge. We cant tell you exactly what we have planned, because it’s a bit of a secret. But, we can say that we’ll be out there to help people remember that incredible moment in history.
FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES:
Santa Anita Race Track – 5:30p gates/7:30p concert – Tickets & Info Here
WALT DISNEY HALL SUNDAY MATINEES:
Walt Disney Concert Hall Downtown L.A. – 2:00pm – Tickets & Info Here
Can’t make it this weekend? Check out The Fab Four tour schedule!