There are a ton of Van Halen tribute bands out there… some good some not so good. The best one that I have seen and have done photographer for is Fan Halen from Southern California. The band has been around for 16 years and continue to rock Van Halen fans around the United States.
I have been a Van Halen fan since the 70’s and have seen them many times. I even saw them on their first reunion tour. Since I am fan, I believe the hardest person to “tribute” in the band is David Lee Roth. Not only does Ernie Berru (featured in photo to the right) sound like David, he nails his attitude and swagger which is very important (to me)!
Derek Fuller also nails the portrayal of Eddie Van Halen! Plays like him and even smiles a lot like Eddie does.
If you haven’t seen Fan Halen they are performing at the House of Blues this Friday at 7pm. I will be doing photography for the band and I hope to see you there.
It’s finally here, the first (of two) books I have been working on about tribute bands! In this book we will take a look into the phenomenon that is the rise of the tribute band. These dedicated musicians reintroduce generations to great artists of the past who have long left this world to the broken bands of yesteryear and even touring musicians of today. We will explore the bands rise, the musicians that play in them and their dedicated fans.
Author David McCarter is a musician, writer and an award-winning photographer. Not only does he do photography for bands presented in this book but also many other artists in Southern California and national artists that include the well-known bands Queensrÿche, and Buckcherry!
The Wayward Sons is the funnies tribute band I know. The say that they claim to be a tribute band of 1982. With goofy wigs, spandex and fake accents, I wish they were a band from the 80s! Even the band member names are funny (HUGH JASS, MOE LATO, ISAAC WHITE, LOU BIDO and DABNEY TELLUM). They sing pop songs from Journey, Queen, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Boston, Van Halen and more.
But don’t bring your kids to this show… they change lyrics like “Are you old enough? Will you be ready when I call you bluff? Is my timing right? Did you save your love for me tonight?” from Foreigner to “Are you old enough? Do you even have hair on your muff? Is my timing right? Did you shave your vagina for me tonight?“. Now if that isn’t funny then I don’t know what is!
I’m proud to say that most of the pictures on their website are mine. Check it out. Here are some recent pictures of the band: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmccarter/tags/wspala2014
This review and pics are from my new book titled: The Next Best Thing
Though not a big time rock star, Jason Cooper is the lead guitarist for the San Diego band Jane’s Diction (Jane’s Addiction tribute band). Looks like a rock star in the pic below!
Are you in or know of an awesome tribute band that blows people away paying tribute to one of the greatest rock/ pop bands of our time? Then I want to interview and photograph your band for a new book I’m writing tentatively titled “The Next Best Thing – The Rise of the Tribute Band Phenomenon“.
The book will explore the history of tribute bands focusing on their exploding popularity in the past 15 years. It will consist of band interviews, high-quality concert photos and more!
Please click here and email me via the contact form towards the bottom of the page.
Yes, you heard it, if you were looking forward to seeing Yes with their front man John Anderson (how could you not) then you might be disappointed. Filling for Anderson is Benoit David from a Canadian Yes tribute band. So maybe all of you musicians in tribute bands mike hook up with the real band some day.
Hows that for a twist?
What do you get when you mix hard-hitting Iron Maiden tunes, excellent musicianship and estrogen? You get the Iron Maidens! This all female tribute band started 10 years ago and features Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg on vocals, Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald on drums, Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox and Nita “Mega Murray” Strauss on guitars, and Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz on bass. When these five women hit the stage at Brick by Brick with such veracity and energy that those of use that never saw them before stood in amazement!
The band played note by note the most popular Iron Maiden songs from the 80’s and it felt like we were back there again. I am not going out on a limb to say that this band is more energetic and into the music then the original band. It was so fun to watch when a seven foot tall Eddie monster came out on stage. Their visual show included CO2 blasts, synchronized video that included a drum and guitar cam and more.
They have played in many countries including Venezuela in front of 40,000 fans. They are a band not to miss the next time they are in town.