RED BANK: FAB FAUX SPINS ‘REVOLVER’

The Fab Faux take the Basie stage Saturday for a full-on recreation of the revolutionary Beatles album ‘Revolver.’ (Photo by Michael Weintraub)

In a season that’s justifiably obsessed with the golden anniversary of a little phonograph record by the name of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, it might be easy to overlook the album that truly made the Pepper platter possible: Revolver, the 1966 Beatles release that kicked off the Fab Four’s focus on studio projects in earnest — and an idea-packed long-player that more than a few observers consider to be the greatest rock album of all time.

For the 16th edition of what’s become a dependable signifier of summer in Red Bank, the super-sessionman Beatle-reboot known as the Fab Faux takes the stage of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Saturday night for a performance of Revolver in its entirety, plus a mixed set of classic hits.

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RED BANK: FAB FAUX TO SPIN FAB FOUR’S 45’S

fab fauxThe Fab Faux makes its 15th annual appearance on the Count Basie stage this Saturday night, fortified by horns, strings and a formidable folio of the Beatles’ greatest hits.

It’s as sure a sign of the summer as the 35-miles-per-hour speed limit on Sea Bright’s Ocean Avenue — the appearance of the Fab Faux, the super-sessionman pet project that makes its 15th annual stand on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre this Saturday night.

Co-fronted by a couple of professed Beatle buffs and virtuosic veterans from famed TV talk-show bands — bassman Will Lee (David Letterman) and guitarist Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien) — the celebrated band has outdone every Wanna-Beatle combo in general circulation, with a show that transcends the wigs-and-costumes Beatlemania approach in favor of a thrillingly detail-intensive homage to the recorded legacy of the Liverpuddlian lads.

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RED BANK: ROLL UP ON A MYSTERY TOUR

fabfauxmichaelweintraubThe super-sessionman project known as the Fab Faux makes its 14th annual appearance on the Count Basie stage this Saturday night, with a recreation of two landmark Beatles albums. (Photo by Michael Weintraub)

His three-decade gig as bandleader Paul Shaffer’s bass-playing lieutenant on David Letterman’s late-night talkfests may have come to a bittersweet end, but there’s no Faux finish in sight for Will Lee, the in-demand session man whose passionate pet project The Fab Faux has become a favorite annual attraction here on the Beatle-crazy banks of the Navesink.

The bassist teamed with another walking musical encyclopedia and fellow talk-show stalwart, through his years with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Vivino as founding Faux-fathers for a band that transcends the wigs-and-costumes Beatlemania approach in favor of a thrillingly detail-intensive homage to the Beatles recorded legacy. Together with fellow NYC session aces Frank Agnello, Rich Pagano and Jack Petruzzelli, the fab fivesome has been a headliner-quality act in theater-scale venues like the Count Basie Theatre — and this Saturday, June 13, the band returns to Red Bank for a fourteenth consecutive late-spring concert, this one saluting a pair of pivotal albums from the Liverpuddlians’ catalog.

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