Boulder-based Beatles tribute band plays Main St. Grill in Edwards Friday |

Boulder-based Beatles tribute band plays Main St. Grill in Edwards Friday

Caramie Schnell
Private Gripweed performs at Main St. Grill for the first time tonight.
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If you go ...

Who: Private Gripweed.

Where: Main St. Grill, Edwards.

When: 9 p.m. Friday.

Cost: Free.

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EDWARDS — “The best band to ever be.” Can you guess who Andrew Fox, a member of Boulder quintet Private Gripweed, is describing?

The Beatles, of course.

Private Gripweed is a Beatles tribute band. They perform at Main St. Grill in Edwards tonight for the first time.

“We are not your average Beatles tribute band,” Fox said. “We love these songs, but each us of comes from a uniquely experienced musical background. The Beatles and their music mean so much to us as players that we take great care and pride in how we reproduce these songs. We have the easiest job in the world celebrating the music of the best band to ever be.”

The five members of the band perform in other bands: Chris Shepherd (A4Animal), Phil Johnson (Jet Edison), Fox (The 60 Minute Men), Aaron Bagby (Honey Comb) and Walter Palmer (Dr. X), but they come together for this passion project.

“Private Gripweed is a chance for the five of us to get together and celebrate the music of our favorite band,” Fox said.

Tonight, you’ll likely hear Beatles songs that were recorded, but not ever played in concert.

“When we started, we originally focused on reproducing the later material,” Fox said. “Once we started playing out, we realized that a good part of our set list had never before been played out by The Beatles themselves. Songs from albums like ‘Sgt. Peppers,’ ‘The White Album,’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Abby Road’ were never performed live by the Fab Four.”

Fox took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: How did you come up with the band name?

Andrew Fox: The name Private Gripweed comes from the film “How I Won The War,” in which John Lennon plays a character named Private Gripweed.

VD: What’s the most often requested Beatles song that you get when you’re out playing?

AF: We get a lot of requests for some of the earlier material, which we are working on currently. Fans seem to also really enjoy our rendition of “Day Tripper.”

VD: Do you guys have a favorite song you perform?

AF: Currently we love all of our songs equally, but if we had to pick one it would be “Gotta Get You Into My Life” because we fuse together the Earth Wind And Fire rendition with our own special sauce. It’s also really cool to watch Phil Johnson play keys and trumpet at the same time!

VD: Have you performed in Vail before?

AF: Many of us have played the Main St. Grill before with various projects. This will be a first for Private Gripweed. We love the crowd and their energy; it’s always a party.

VD: What can people expect from your show?

AF: We love what we do so much and it really shows in our chemistry and stage presence. We are all singers, and our harmonies get great reviews.

VD: What’s on the horizon this year? What are you excited about?

AF: We are looking to take the band to a place where we can perform entire albums on larger stages. We love what we’re doing now but can’t wait to recreate full albums and see where we can take this Beatles experience.

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