They’ve been doing this for a decade, but I only learned recently about The Fab Faux, a group of top-notch musicians that faithfully reproduce Beatles songs. The Laura connection here is bassist Will Lee (recorded with her on Smile and Nested) and guitarist Jimmy Vivino (toured with her in 1988-89, appears on the Live at the Bottom Line album). Both of them were kind enough to do interviews with me for my Nyro bio. If you’ve read the book, you might remember that Lee’s a member of Paul Shaeffer’s band on David Letterman’s show and Vivino is in Max Weinberg’s band on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The drummer in the Faux is Rich Pagano (could he be the brother of Frank Pagano, who played with Laura and Vivino in the 88-89 band?).
It might be a little late notice for the show they’re performing tonight, at Queens College , but at the end of the year (December 26 and 27) they’re doing two shows at Terminal 5 in NYC, the first consisting of Abbey Road and Let It Be and the second The White Album.
If you’re wondering why these guys do this, I think the cartoon above at least tries to explain it. I love musical obsessives!