AfterFab - The Beatles Solo Years
Gig Seeker Pro

AfterFab - The Beatles Solo Years

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Cover Band

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

Aug
06
AfterFab - The Beatles Solo Years @ Foxborough Common

Massachusetts, USA

Massachusetts, USA

Feb
21
AfterFab - The Beatles Solo Years @ MMAS Black Box Theater

Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA

Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA

Dec
31
AfterFab - The Beatles Solo Years @ Viva Bene

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Music

Press


One thing about AfterFab that’s apparent even before they come on stage is that they have done a good bit of homework. A movie screen at the back of the stage displays an unending succession of images; not just pictures of each of the Beatles, but composites and quotes, albums and artworks, sleeves and singles- all from the solo catalogs of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

From early on in the show, the band asks a variety of trivia questions, too: where was that SONG recorded; what TV show did Paul insist on stopping production to watch; which Beatle wrote that song for the other; and so on. Also, from chatting with front-man Jon Paquin after the band’s performance at Old 78 Farm Fest, I come here with an expectation that these renditions will stay close to the originals. Not pretty good, or even fairly close, mind you, but true to the songs as we all heard them on the radio or in some ‘deeper cut’ cases, on the albums.

As near as I can tell, they have nailed it, even down to a little echo in the vocal when it’s right. It takes six of them to accomplish this lofty ideal, and a hard-core devotee might find points to quibble about, but just considering that four very different singers are covered by the one, with backing from the others, it can be seen that these folks take their mission seriously.

This is not a covers band, as the format allows for no variation or interpretation in the ‘versions’ – these are replicas. Nor is AfterFab a tribute band, necessarily. For all their painstaking efforts to replicate the musical material, these folks are not about the visuals. None of the six looks like any of the Fab Four; they don’t dress the parts; and they make no particular effort to imitate mannerisms or antics. The instruments, while certainly played to good effect, are not replicas or period instruments- except guitarist Ad Boc’s big ol’ hollow body Gibson, looking just like John’s guitar on Let It Be. Afterfab Boc occasionally switches to second keyboard, like on a later song, John’s Watching the Wheels. He also puts those keys to good use when a song calls for horns or flute, such as for Paul’s Let ‘em In. The singer, Jon Paquin, actually looks a little like 70’s singer-songwriter Roger Voudouris (he of Get Used to It fame). He shows a good bit of panache, as the central figure should, but he doesn’t seem to hog the spotlight. Everybody quips and banters between songs, but not overly long. If anything, Mr. Paquin looks to be somewhat younger than the rest, but that is likely a matter of attitude and antics- he seems the “big kid” type, and charmingly so.

Check out the review of the Old 78 Farm Fall festival which included AfterFab, Adam Ezra Group, Deadbeat, Ashley Jordan and many others.

Jealous Guy has the sound of an interpretive version. It rather sounds like a ‘what-if’ version of the old band doing John’s 1980 confessional composition, with synthesized strings as if by George Martin, perhaps, and drumming that sounds for all the world as if Ringo had sat in on the Double Fantasy sessions. The electronics do get a bit creative, in fact, when Bryan Eyeberg lays his hands on the keys, as if this might be a new addition and so still more a work in progress. Not that it takes anything away from the overall effect, though; in fact, it’s easy to imagine that these may well be the original sounds as encrypted in vinyl and reproduced variously by differing equipment or even mixed differently through reissues and remasters.

Here’s an interesting research question: if the output of all four solo Beatles were compiled and tabulated, either in terms of total vinyl sides or hours of recording, or perhaps just as a matter of hit singles or chart entries/positions, what sort of ratio or proportion might be observed? The hypothesis formulated herein would propose that this band has made an effort to represent that same distribution, such that tracking their solo Beatle representation will reflect the actual numbers- as, say: Paul 40%; John 30%, George 15% and Ringo 15%. Come and Get It, the Badfinger hit written and produced by Paul but left in the “Apple Can” until the Anthologies’ release, might arguably represent something of an outlier in our little statistics project.Afterfab1

After a break, the band admits to some scrutiny from the “Beatles Police,” who insist that there isn’t enough George in the mix, and the very question of quantification I’d pondered: “I mean, what’s the ratio? Three, two, two and one?” They follow up All Things Must Pass with one of John’s deeper cuts, which turns out to be Hold On from the 1970 Plastic Ono Band album, complete with “cookie” (remember that?) Then they break into an effective and powerful Power to the People and another 1980 track, Nobody Told Me. To a listener who pays attention to differences even in Lennon’s own singing, sometimes having as much to do with technology and recording as with his not-so-well-known lack of confidence in his voice, the feat of singing all these songs so well is impressive and admirable. All Those Tears Ago captures George’s playfulness, too.

What Is Life captures all the energy and fullness of the original, and the vocal is spot-on. This is followed byMcCartney’s Coming Up which even captures Paul’s hint of hoarseness as in the original. It seems possible that this band won’t be playing a whole lot of show- the super-human vocal workout must be impossible to sustain for long periods of successive performances. That shouldn’t be a chief motivator in getting out to see AfterFab though… the best reason is simply that they’re worth it to experience.

Give Peace a Chance is a great encore. It almost seems like every bit of ‘protest rap’ is replicated; certainly the spirit and flavor of this Plastic Ono anthem are captured. Everybody bangs a tambourine, with the exception of one guitar, of course, and audience participants are invited to join the band on stage and ad-lib whatever they might like, or stay in their seats and places on the dance floor and belt it out from there. - Live Music News and Review


AfterFab is not your typical tribute band, and the genius of The Beatles didn’t stop at Abbey Road. AfterFab, the only band doing this kind of unique Beatles show, draws from the vast catalog of the brilliant solo careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr and brings it to life with high energy and high fidelity. AfterFab is coming to the historic village of Putney on

Saturday, Nov. 15 to relive the music of these iconic artists in the intimate 160-seat Next Stage Arts Project theater located at 15 Kimball Hill right in the village center. This beautiful, historic building was a former church built in 1841, and its restoration is part of Next Stage Arts Project’s mission to foster fine and performing arts in downtown Putney.

From Band on the Run and It Don’t Come Easy, to Imagine and What Is Life, AfterFab’s performances give the audience a taste of what it would be like if The Beatles hadn’t broken up in 1970. Faithful renditions of the songs are what Beatles fans appreciate, and this six-piece band are no impersonators. It’s all about the music -- classic songs, accurately arranged like the studio versions, which not all tributes do. Rarely did the solo Beatles do that when playing their own music live. Fans applaud this approach and experience the live renderings of the songs the way they know and love them. - Brattleboro Reformer


"Passion. You could see it in their faces. They've REALLY studied the music. And the lead singer, he was outrageous!" - Ken Michaels

"They did the solo stuff and ROCKED IT!" - Charles Rosenay - Every Little Thing (syndicated radio show)


AfterFab is not the kind of tribute band you usually hear about. The band, which focuses on the solo careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, will be bringing their one-of-a-kind show to The Next Stage Arts Project theater in Putney, VT on November 15.

As soloists, the Beatles released over 600 songs from “Band on the Run” and “It Don’t Come Easy” to “Imagine” and “What is Life”. Beatles fans have always wondered what it would be like to hear their solo songs performed together and AfterFab does just that. Demonstrating to audiences what it would be like had the Beatles never broken up in 1970. The six-piece band gives heartfelt renditions to the songs Beatles fans love and can appreciate. AfterFab takes classic solo Beatles songs and offers a sound similar to the studio versions, something that not all tribute bands do. Fans seem to really appreciate this approach and enjoy the unique experience AfterFab gives.

AfterFab satisfies the ears of many audience members and tailor their shows to even the die hard Beatles fans, going well beyond the greatest hits and offering iconic deep album tracks not heard anywhere else.

AfterFab fills a void for Beatles fans everywhere, fulfilling the rest of a musical story that thousands of Beatles tribute bands don’t offer. AfterFab brings the Beatles music that fans have been missing, and this is a show you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are $18 for General Admission and $16 for Seniors and Students w/ an I.D. - Cider Magazine


Have you dreamed of hearing those classic post-breakup solo Beatles songs together in one performance? Well here is your chance. The Cape Ann Community Cinema, located at 21 Main Street, Gloucester, is pleased to present AfterFab LIVE in concert on Saturday, June 28 at 8 PM.

With the rise of Tribute bands, AfterFab is the world’s only group dedicated exclusively to the solo careers of all four Beatles from 1970 to present. “When I first thought of a tribute to the solo Beatles,” says AfterFab founder and guitarist Ad Boc, “I was sure I’d find others doing it. But we’ve searched, and there is no other. The Beatles were my first musical love, from age six, and it’s exciting to be bringing their solo careers to fans.”

AfterFab’s mission is to fix a hole that Beatles fans have longed to see filled. The group is dedicated to perform the great songs of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr from their solo years. AfterFab brings to life the Beatles music that fans have long been missing.

Tickets are $14 Adults, $12 Members. Advance ticket purchases are preferred and recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com. - Boston Event Guide


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

Photos

Bio

AfterFab set out in 2012 with the intent of being the first band in the world to perform exclusively The Beatles solo works -- to bring fans the Beatles music they've been missing. It's a tribute to a "band" that never actually existed, except in the hearts of a billion Beatles fans.

After their break-up in 1970, the individual solo Beatles went on to sell 350 million records -- that's more than Zeppelin, Elton John, Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen, or AC/DC. More than U2 and The Eagles combined. AfterFab brings this beloved canon to the stage with high accuracy and high energy.

AfterFab are not impersonators -- for them it's all about the music -- detailed live reproductions of the studio classics. As an added dimension of entertainment, AfterFab tell the back-stories of the songs, offering insights into the live of The Beatles during their solo years.  See video, hear audio at AfterFab.com. 

Band Members