A group of New York musicians is planning to do what the Beatles never did — perform the songs the Fab Four might have recorded as their final album had they stayed together just a little longer.
The Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux — made up of some of the New York’s leading professional musicians — will perform the songs they think would have been on that album on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The performance at New York’s Webster Hall consists of material from the original Fab Four’s early solo careers.
All of the tracks will be performed with distinctive Beatles-type arrangements, rather than the spartan feel of Lennon’s early recordings and McCartney’s first solo effort, recorded at his home almost as a demo tape.
"It’s totally on a lark because it didn’t happen. It wouldn’t have happened," keyboardist and guitarist Jack Petruzzelli said.
The Fab Faux’s set will include the John Lennon songs "Jealous Guy," "Instant Karma," "Mother," "Remember" and "Gimme Some Truth." From Paul McCartney comes "Maybe I’m Amazed," "Every Night," "Another Day," "Hot as Sun/Glasses" and "Oo You." They’ll also perform George Harrison’s "All Things Must Pass," "My Sweet Lord" and "What is Life."
And no late Beatles album would be complete without a Ringo Starr song, in this case, "It Don’t Come Easy."
Many of the songs were tried out by the Beatles while they were together. But the Fab Faux chose December 1970 as the cutoff date for when a song had to be started to give them the best material to work with. The Beatles officially split in April 1970, when McCartney said he was leaving the band.