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Entertainment Corner: The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands: Wingsband

by Sal Gomez

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When you happen to be a musician that makes a living as a Beatles tribute artist and that particular role you play is that of the now legendary Sir Paul McCartney, what other musical outlet could you do to keep that tribute muscle exercised? Well…create an act around MACCA’s solo career and call it “Wingsband.”
And that’s exactly what musician Ardavan Sarraf a.k.a. Paul McCartney from the ultimate Beatles tribute band “The Fab Four” has done and he has done it in a big way. This past Monday night March 10, 2014 as part of the weekly AXS TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” host Katie Daryl and special celebrity co-host actor Corey Feldman brought Wingsband to the stage at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip to perform before a nationwide audience.
Ladies and gentlemen this is no backyard or garage tribute band. Ardy, as he is affectionately called, has surrounded himself with some very familiar faces. Ron McNeil, Rolo Sandoval and guitar virtuoso Michael Almador, have all migrated across the aisle from the Fab Four to create the backbone rhythm and percussion section of Wingsband, along with the lovely Christine Rosander on keyboards, vocals and percussion as the “Linda McCartney” of the band. Wingsband also includes a fabulous 4 piece brass section providing the familiar horn sounds Sir Paul had used on many of his Wings tracks in the 70’s. I have no doubt this band could easily step in for Sir Paul’s regular band-mates at any moment.
And lest I forget, Ardy himself is phenomenal. As the Wingsband embodiment of MACCA, that magical leap the audience takes during a performance, is a very easy pill to swallow. Vocally and instrumentally Mr Sarraf has studied his subject to the “T.” The mannerisms, the inflections and the interactions with both the viewer and his band are an enveloping experience.
If you get the opportunity to see Wingsband LIVE you should not pass it up. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Entertainment Corner: The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands: Wingsband