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The Fab Four

The Fab Four is a California tribute band paying homage to the Beatles. Founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil, a John Lennon impersonator, the group began performing Beatles music throughout southern California. They have played in many places worldwide, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Brazil, covering nearly the entire Beatles songbook and material from Beatles members' solo projects. The band's beginnings included Tuesday night performances at a small venue called Music City in Fountain Valley, as well as regular performances at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace in Anaheim, The Hop in Puente Hills and Scruffy O’Sheas in Marina del Rey. The core group consisted of McNeil (John Lennon), along with Ardy Sarraf (Paul McCartney), Michael Amador (George Harrison) and Rolo Sandoval (Ringo Starr). From 2005 to 2008, the Fab Four brought in a second cast of musicians to help perform a full stage show six nights a week in Las Vegas, with various members alternating between cast. Performing as Fab Four Mania, the Vegas cast performed regularly at locations such as the Las Vegas Hilton, The Aladdin, The Sahara and The Riviera.

In 2013, the Fab Four received an Emmy Award for their PBS special "The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute," filmed at Pechanga Resort & Casino in 2012. As of 2019, the most common lineup formerly consisted of Ardy Sarraf (McCartney), Adam Hastings (Lennon), Gavin Pring (Harrison) and Joe Bologna (Starr).

As of 2020 and 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fab Four have been live streaming numerous concerts, with Ron McNeil, Rolo Sandoval and Erik Fidel coming back.

The cast[]

As of now, The Fab Four has a rotating cast that changes almost every show. Listed below are the cast members that are currently part of The Fab Four’s regular rotation.

John Lennon[edit][]

  • Ron McNeil
  • Adam Hastings
  • Jon Fickes

Paul McCartney[]

  • Ardavan "Ardy" Sarraf
  • Neil Candelora
  • Miles Frizzell
  • Joshua Jones

George Harrison[]

  • Gavin Pring
  • Doug Couture
  • Robbie Berg
  • Chris Colon

Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr)[]

  • Erik Fidel
  • Richard “Richie” Lewis

Ed Sullivan[]

  • George Trullinger
  • Jeff DeHart

Notable appearances[]

  • Recorded Beatles tracks "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Please Please Me" and "Kansas City" that were featured in the biopic The Linda McCartney Story in 2000.
  • Performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2003 for the 37th anniversary of the Beatles’ concerts there.
  • Performed at the official DVD release party for the Miramax edition of A Hard Day’s Night at the Los Angeles House of Blues in 2004.
  • Featured as a headlining act during Liverpool’s annual Beatleweek in 2004, 2008 and 2011.
  • Held nightly shows at many venues in Las Vegas from 2005 to 2008, including the Las Vegas Hilton, The Aladdin, The Sahara and The Riviera.
  • Featured on many TV shows and channels, including Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Hallmark Channel and Ellen DeGeneres’ Really Big Show in 2007.
  • Had their version of "The Little Drummer Boy" played on the show House M.D. in the 2008 episode "It's A Wonderful Lie."
  • Performed the motion capture for the Harmonix video game The Beatles: Rock Band in 2009.
  • Featured in their own PBS special, filmed at Pechanga Resort & Casino in January 2012.
  • Performed at an unveiling of Madame Tussaud's Beatles wax figures, when the figures were brought to Las Vegas from London for a short exhibit in 2012.
  • Performed the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band album in its entirety on The World's Greatest Tribute Bands on AXS TV, recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood in May 2017.
  • Featured as guests and performers several times on the weekly radio show Breakfast with the Beatles, hosted by Chris Carter.
  • Have played at the Le Palais Des Sports in Paris, where the Beatles once performed.
  • Performed for many celebrities, including Eric Idle, Paul Stanley from KISS, Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr producer) and Tom Hanks.
  • Performed alongside Micky Dolenz, (The Monkees) and Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders).
  • Named the official Beatles tribute band of radio station K-earth 101.
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