This week’s edition of Video Fridays is a real treat for me, for two reasons.
- Since The Beatles stopped touring, broke up, and half of them died, a live performance, by The Beatles themselves, of the nearly contiguous suite of songs that make up most of the second side of Abbey Road, was simply not meant to be. The next best thing, then, would be The Fab Faux, a group of top session musicians who have easily earned the title of best Beatles tribute band. That these guys can reproduce these complex arrangements and nail the all-important vocal harmonies is no small feat.
- The keyboard player (well, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist) in the group, Jack Petruzzelli, was a year ahead of me at my high school. As a musician myself, the association is bittersweet. I remember always admiring Jack for his devotion to music back in high school, and I was insanely jealous that he was in bands, up on the stage, chasing that Rock & Roll dream. I shared the dream, but I didn’t start playing the guitar until after college, and I never remotely considered music as a “realistic” career option.
The Fab Faux’s attention to detail, I think you’ll agree, is unbelievable. And, if you’re a Beatles fan like I’m a Beatles fan, if you’ve listened to their recordings thousands of times, you’ll get a special kick out of what happens after The End.
If Fish & Bicycles had a budget for prizes, I’d offer one up to the first person who leaves a comment on this post, explaining why such a fan should get such a special kick. In lieu of a prize, I will humbly offer my sincere respect and solidarity. (Special respect goes to anyone who knows the story behind what happens at the end of The End.)
Have a great weekend, everyone!