HUNTINGTON, New York, Feb. 5
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Now I’ll tell you something that I think you’ll understand: The Fab Four is coming back to The Paramount on Feb. 15. That’s right, Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band hailing from California will hit Huntington in a little over a week – and this time, Ardy Sarraf, an original founding member of the band, said the band is ready for what it hopes will be the biggest crowd yet.
“The Paramount is very cool; we always have great crowds there – a few more people each time,” Sarraf, who portrays Paul McCartney in the act, said. “It’s kind of like the same things as when we first got started: Once the word gets out, more and more people come to see us.”
Founded in 1997, The Fab Four started off performing in Orange County where the band performed at a venue every Tuesday, “just to see what would happen.”
“The first month we had 20-30 people come out, but by the second and third month you couldn’t even get into the place,” Sarraf said. “I was teaching myself how to play left-handed like Paul… We were filming every show and critiquing the performances.”
Eventually, the big break for The Fab Four – which was also founded by Ron McNeil (John Lennon), Rolo Sandoval (Ringo Starr) and Michael Amador (George Harrison) – came on Elvis Presley’s old stage, Sarraf said.
“At the Las Vegas Hilton we started playing a six-day-a-week show, and we were really living large at that point,” he said. “We started incorporating more into the act and we still continue to do that. To tell you the truth, that’s why I believe we’re separated from other Beatles tribute bands, because we have so much attention to detail.”
Dressed up fully in costume, the band’s members take the stage during their typically two-hour-long performances and mimic every aspect of the band they grew up loving down to a tee – and even incorporate the changing decades the Beatles endured through those costume changes. Throughout the last 17 years, The Fab Four has taken stages all over the world, including in Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Mexico.
In 2013, the band earned its first Emmy Award for a special it filmed in 2012, which aired on PBS.
“Everything is live and it’s just the four of us on stage, we don’t have a fifth guy behind the scenes… and we’re pretty proud of that,” Sarraf, a Los Angeles native, said. “If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll love the show.”
Performing classics like, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Hey Jude,” and more, doors are set to open for The Fab Four at 6:30 on Feb. 15th. Sarraf’s favorite, however, is the 1967 hit, “A Day in the Life.”
“If we do it well and all the cues go where they should be, [that song] really is impressive,” he said.
On stage for the Huntington show will be band members: Gain Pring as George, Gilbert Bonilla as John, Erik Fidel as Ringo, George Trullinger as Ed Sullivan and, of course, Sarraf as Paul. Tickets are available for $20-$50 and can be purchased at the box office or from http://www.paramountny.com.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015; Front page)