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The Fab Four is a California-based tribute band paying homage to The Beatles. Founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil—John Lennon impersonator and President of The Fab Four Corp—the group began performing Beatles music throughout southern California. They have brought the music of the Beatles to many places worldwide, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Brazil, covering nearly the entire Beatles songbook, in addition to the Beatles' solo material.

The Fab Four
The Fab Four Tribute.jpg
(from left to right) Sarraf, Fidel, Pring, McNeil
Background information
Also known asThe Ultimate Tribute
OriginCalifornia
GenresRock and roll
Beatles tribute
Years active1997-Present
LabelsDelta Ent. (Laserlight), New World Digital
Associated actsWingsband

George Harry's Son

Imagine
Websitewww.TheFabFour.com
MembersArdavan Sarraf
Adam Hastings
Gavin Pring
Joseph Bologna
Gilbert Bonilla
Neil Candelora
Doug Couture
Brendan Peleo-Lazar
Luis Renteria
Robbie Berg
Past membersRon McNeil
Michael Amador
David Brighton
Frank Canino
Erik Fidel
Tyson Kelly
Frank Mendonca III
Rolo Sandoval

The band’s beginnings included Tuesday night performances at a small venue called Music City in Fountain Valley, as well as regular performances at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace in Anaheim, The Hop in Puente Hills and Scruffy O’Sheas in Marina del Rey. The core group consisted of McNeil (John Lennon), along with Ardy Sarraf (Paul McCartney), Michael Amador (George Harrison) and Rolo Sandoval (Ringo Starr). From 2005 to 2008, The Fab Four brought in a second cast of musicians to help perform a full stage show six nights a week in Las Vegas, with various members alternating between casts. Performing as Fab Four Mania, the Vegas cast performed regularly at locations such as the Las Vegas Hilton[1], The Aladdin[2], The Sahara[3][4] and The Riviera.[5]

In 2013, the Fab Four received an Emmy Award for their PBS special "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute," filmed at Pechanga Resort & Casino in 2012.[6][7] As of 2019, the most common lineup consisted of Sarraf, Adam Hastings (Lennon), Gavin Pring (Harrison) and Joe Bologna (Starr).

Contents

The CastEdit

John LennonEdit

  • Adam Hastings
  • Gilbert Bonilla (stand-in)
  • Ron McNeil (Former; until September 2018; remains President of the Fab Four Coprooration and is “creatively behind the scenes”)[8]

Sir Paul McCartneyEdit

  • Ardavan "Ardy" Sarraf
  • Neil Candelora (stand-in)

George HarrisonEdit

  • Gavin Pring
  • Robbie Berg (stand-in)
  • Doug Couture (stand-in)
  • Michael Amador (Former; currently works as sound technician)

Sir Richard StarkeyEdit

  • Joseph "Joe" Bologna
  • Brendan Peleo-Lazar (stand-in)
  • Luis Renteria (stand-in)
  • Rolo Sandoval (Former)
  • Erik Fidel (Former)

Ed SullivanEdit

  • Jeff DeHart
  • George Trullinger (Former)
  • Jerry Hoban (Former; Deceased)

Side projectsEdit

WingsbandEdit

Formed by Ardy Sarraf, Wingsband is a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute act that covers many of McCartney's biggest post-Beatles hits. The band features Ron McNeil as Denny Laine, Michael Amador as Henry McCullough and Rolo Sandoval as Joe English, plus a horns section led by Wendell Kelly (The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston) and singer/songwriter Christine Rosander as Linda McCartney. Both Laurence Juber, Wings guitarist from 1978–1981, and Denny Seiwell, the original Wings drummer from 1971–1973, have performed onstage with Wingsband at The Grove in Anaheim, CA.

George Harry’s SonEdit

George Harrison impersonator and Liverpool native, Gavin Pring, created an act called George Harry’s Son to celebrate Harrison’s solo material, as well as his hits from the Beatle years. Pring has brought this act to the top Beatles music festivals, including the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool[9] at the Mathew Street Festival and Abbey Road on the River in the United States. Pring also performed on the same stage as Paul McCartney in 2002 for the tribute show held on Harrison’s birthday.


RutlemaniaEdit

In 2007, The Fab Four was approached by Eric Idle from the British comedy group Monty Python to perform a set of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Rutles, a Beatles parody group formed in 1975 by Idle and Neil Innes. The show featured McNeil as Ron Nasty (originally played by Innes), Sarraf as Dirk McQuickly (Idle), Amador as Stig O’Hara (Ricky Fataar) and Sandoval as Barry Wom (John Halsey), and was performed multiple nights in both Los Angeles[10][11] and New York.[12][13]

Yellow Submarine movie remakeEdit

In 2010, The Fab Four was cast to do the motion-capture performance footage for director Robert Zemeckis' 3-D remake of The Beatles animated film classic, Yellow Submarine. The movie was set to be released sometime in 2012, but Disney canceled the project when Zemeckis' film Mars Needs Moms performed poorly in the box office and critics' reviews of Zemeckis' animations were mostly negative.[14][15][16][17]

Notable appearancesEdit

DiscographyEdit

  • Ron McNeil – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica
  • Ardy Sarraf – Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar
  • Michael Amador – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
  • Rolo Sandoval – Vocals, Drums, Percussion

All songs were arranged, performed, recorded and produced by The Fab Four.

A Fab Four ChristmasEdit

Release Date - October 16, 2002
Label - Delta Ent. (LaserLight)

No.TitleBased onLength
1."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks)"I Saw Her Standing There" 
2."Joy to the World" (Lowell Mason)"Please Please Me" 
3."Feliz Navidad" (José Feliciano)"And I Love Her" 
4."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (Felix Mendelssohn)"Help!" 
5."Away in a Manger" (Traditional)"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" 
6."Good King Wenceslas" (John Mason Neale)"Tell Me What You See" 
7."It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (Edmund Sears)"Baby's in Black" 
8."Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard / Richard B. Smith)"Honey Don't" 
9."Frosty the Snowman" (Walter E. Rollins / Steve Nelson)"Mr. Moonlight" 
10."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne)"Eight Days a Week" 

Have Yourself a FAB-ulous Little ChristmasEdit

Release Date - October 16, 2002
Label - Delta Ent. (LaserLight)

No.TitleBased onLength
1."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots)"When I'm Sixty Four" 
2."Silent Night" (Franz Gruber)"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" 
3."The Christmas Song" (Mel Torme)"Here, There and Everywhere" 
4."God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional)"Within You, Without You" 
5."The Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine Davis)"Sun King" 
6."Dear Santa" (Richard Starkey / Mark Hudson / Steve Dudas)"Oh! Darling" 
7."What Child Is This?" (William Chatterton Dix)"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" 
8."Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes)"Revolution 1" 
9."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Johnny Marks)"Got to Get You Into My Life" 
10."Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont)"Tomorrow Never Knows" 

HARK!Edit

Release Date - 2008
Label - Robo Records

  • In 2008, all songs song from both albums were digitally remastered and released on a single album entitled HARK! [26], available on Amazon, iTunes and The Fab Four's official website. The compilation includes the bonus tracks "Sleigh Ride" and "The First Noel," in the style of "Lady Madonna" and "Let It Be," respectively.[27]

The Ultimate Beatles Tribute in Concert, Vol. 1Edit

Release Date - 2002/2011
Label - Self-released

  • Recorded live at the Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland in the summer of 2001.[28][29]
No.TitleLength
1."Twist and Shout (Short Version)" (Phil Medley / Bert Berns) 
2."Please Please Me" (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)2:06
3."All My Loving" (Lennon / McCartney)2:12
4."I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Lennon / McCartney)2:24
5."From Me to You" (Lennon / McCartney)2:03
6."Love Me Do" (Lennon / McCartney)2:27
7."Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Lennon / McCartney)2:01
8."Boys" (Luther Dixon / Wes Farrell)2:31
9."You Really Got a Hold on Me" (Smokey Robinson)2:57
10."This Boy" (Lennon / McCartney)2:25
11."A Hard Day's Night" (Lennon / McCartney)2:32
12."I Should Have Known Better" (Lennon / McCartney)2:51
13."If I Fell" (Lennon / McCartney)2:18
14."Eight Days a Week" (Lennon / McCartney)2:48
15."Can't Buy Me Love" (Lennon / McCartney)2:12
16."Act Naturally" (Buck Owens)2:41
17."Help!" (Lennon / McCartney)2:20
18."Michelle" (Lennon / McCartney)3:00
19."I Feel Fine" (Lennon / McCartney)2:28
20."Yesterday" (Lennon / McCartney)2:12
21."She Loves You" (Lennon / McCartney)2:20
22."Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry)2:38
23."I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon / McCartney)3:33
24."Twist and Shout" (Medley / Berns)2:49
25."Outro" (N/A) 

TV Special SoundtrackEdit

Release Date - 2013
Label - Self-released

  • The soundtrack to the PBS special The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute, recorded live at Pechanga Resort & Casino in January 2012. Available exclusively on CD at the Fab Four's official website.[30]

PersonnelEdit

  • Ron McNeil – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica
  • Ardy Sarraf – Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar
  • Gavin Pring – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
  • Erik Fidel – Vocals, Drums, Percussion
No.TitleLength
1."I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Lennon / McCartney) 
2."All My Loving" (Lennon / McCartney) 
3."A Hard Day's Night" (Lennon / McCartney) 
4."Eight Days a Week" (Lennon / McCartney) 
5."Can't Buy Me Love" (Lennon / McCartney) 
6."Help!" (Lennon / McCartney) 
7."She Loves You" (Lennon / McCartney) 
8."I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon / McCartney) 
9."Twist and Shout" (Medley / Berns) 
10."Yesterday" (Lennon / McCartney) 
11."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Lennon / McCartney) 
12."With a Little Help From My Friends" (Lennon / McCartney) 
13."Strawberry Fields Forever" (Lennon / McCartney) 
14."Yellow Submarine" (Lennon / McCartney) 
15."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" (Lennon / McCartney) 
16."A Day in the Life" (Lennon / McCartney) 
17."Imagine" (Lennon) 
18."Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison) 
19."Get Back" (Lennon / McCartney) 
20."Revolution" (Lennon / McCartney) 
21."Hey Jude" (Lennon / McCartney) 

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