The Fab Faux's White Album
By any standard, both sets were supremely well executed. No matter how difficult the material, the band's five members--Will Lee, Jimmy Vivino, Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, and Jack Petruzzelli--matched the Vienna Philharmonic for energy, virtuosity, and focus. But they rocked harder, particularly in the first set and encores, with performances as exciting as anything I've ever heard in the Michigan Theater.
The Fab Faux did disappoint in their performance of Sgt. Pepper. Great as some of the individual moments were--and Will Lee's vocal on "She's Leaving Home" was exquisite--the overall performance didn't hang together as well as the first set, with too much time between songs and a perceptible lessening of intensity towards the end. But these are small complaints compared with how much sheer joy the band created.
When the Fab Faux return April 13, they'll be playing the whole White Album. The challenge this time won't be so much the music's virtuosity as its intensity--what to do with "Yer Blues" and "Helter Skelter"--and what to do with "Revolution 9?"
[Originally published in April, 2013.]