On Saturday night, April 5, 2014 the audience inside the City National Grove of Anaheim prepared themselves for a very special performance by the granddaddy of all Beatles Tribute Bands, The Fab Four. Earlier in the week the band posted on their Facebook page asking their fans to comment with songs the band should play as an all request set list event. So as I arrived that night to cover the show I was surprised to discover the band was still accepting audience requests for songs all the way up to 30 mins prior to curtain call. This would be an amazing feat at best since there would be no window of opportunity for the band to rehearse before the stage lights come up. High drama indeed.
However, these amazing musicians did not disappoint. Ardavan Sarraf, Ron McNeil, Gavin Pring & Erik Fidel as Paul, John, George & Ringo respectively hit the stage with high energy and pitch perfect harmonies to match their skillfulness on each instrument. The "all request" format diverted the band from their normal show set up and this actually seemed to energize the band on many levels which also resulted in some very funny moments. Some of the songs played submitted by their fans were:
Anytime At All, Happy Just To Dance With You, Till There was You, The Night Before, Your Bird Can Sing(accompanied by Michael Amador on stage), Hello Goodbye, Hey Bulldog(The Most Requested Song), Something, Oh! Darling & Golden Slumbers/The End as well as a host of others from the immense Beatles catalog.
The levity before and between songs was derived by the band acknowledging and announcing a handful of names of the people making certain requests. Apparently most of these people were either NOT in attendance or were rather shocked to hear their names called when the band tried to give these people a moment in the spotlight. The band found this to be very funny. There was also a very sweet moment when two youngsters were plucked from the crowd and asked to sing along with the band on Yellow Submarine. They did not disappoint. Goes to prove Beatles fans will never fade away.
The evening marked another historic moment in Beatles lore. Saturday was also the 50th anniversary of the Beatles having 5 songs in the top 5 slots on Billboard magazine for 1964 (actually it was April 4th). They were in ascending order: Please Please Me, I want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Twist and Shout & Can't Buy Me Love. Of course TFF played them all in exact order...a wonderful treat for a very excited audience.
After checking the feedback on social media it is very apparent this all request show idea was a big hit. I think it might be good for the band to repeat these shows more often. To see if The Fab Four is playing in or near your home town visit their website at http://thefabfour.com. Tell them Sal Gomez sent you. And tell them to make it an all request night!