For Beatles tribute act the Fab Four, attention to detail is an understatement.
The naturally right-handed Ardy Sarraf, who portrays Paul McCartney, taught himself to play with his left hand to match McCartney’s stance.
The band, which last year played the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox alongside the Spokane Symphony as part of “SuperPops 6: The Fab Four,” also brings an Ed Sullivan impersonator on tour to add humor to the show.
The band’s career-spanning costumes are spot on, and the quartet also uses the same type of equipment the Beatles did to create as authentic a sound as possible.
“We learned a long time ago that you can’t pick up a Strat and play ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ ” Ron McNeil, the group’s John Lennon, told the Spokesman-Review last year. “You can. It’s a guitar, but it doesn’t sound anything like when John Lennon’s playing his Rickenbacker, and you’re playing the right chords on the right guitar through the right amp.”
This attention to detail has paid off big time for the band.
Together since 1997, the Fab Four has performed around the world, including headlining gigs at the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool, England.
And the group’s 2012 public television special “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute,” won a regional Emmy in 2013.
“It took a lot more work than your average bar band that plays ‘Twist and Shout,’ which is fun,” McNeil said. “But obviously you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck when you go see a Fab Four show.”
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