For Beatles fans or just music fans, it looks like an excellent six weeks. Forty-odd years after the Fab Four disbanded, some of music’s heavy hitters will play at least three concerts within shouting distance of New York.
October 26, the Fab Faux will perform a one-time-only George Harrison tribute show at the Beacon Theatre with special guest Jim Keltner, Harrison’s drummer both with and after Ringo Starr. Keltner and Starr were the drummers for Harrison’s groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, and Keltner would later go on the road with Harrison and Ravi Shankar (full disclosure: Jim Keltner has played with three of the four Beatles and virtually every great musician of our time, not just George Harrison). You can check out a behind-the-scenes look at the Fab Faux’s preparation for the show here and here.
On November 9, vocalist and guitarist Denny Laine will perform the entire Abbey Road album at the intimate Bearsville Theatre, in Woodstock. An original member of the Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force and Paul McCartney’s Wings, Laine will ice the Abbey Road cake with hits from the Moody Blues, Wings and songs recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the Zombies, Pink Floyd and others. It’s not often we’ll hear Abbey Road, “Live and Let Die” and “Band on the Run” in a venue that’s smaller than a Jumbotron footprint.
On December 6, near the anniversary of his death, John Lennon’s music will be front and center at Symphony Space, not far from his home. The lineup for the 33rd Lennon Tribute includes many Elmore favorites like Bettye LaVette, Raul Malo of the Mavericks, Joan Osborne, Dana Fuchs, Marc Cohn and Steve Earle. Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux will join the lineup, too, presumably being especially well warmed up after drumming with Keltner on the October 26 Harrison show.