Are You in a Tribute Band?

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 tours with Singer from a Tribute Band

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.

http://www.jammagazineonline.com/cr201107-styx-yes.aspx

Hows that for a twist?

Cheap Trick “Lucky to be Alive” After Stage Collapse

Twenty minutes into their show on Sunday evening, the stage collapsed with little warning during a rain storm with gusts up to 96 miles per hour. Three people were injured including one of Cheap Trick’s drivers. All of the bands equipment was destroyed along with damage to one of their trucks.

For more info and video of the incident, click on the links below:

Rolling Stone post: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cheap-trick-manager-i-cant-believe-were-alive-20110718

Collapsed Bluesfest stage under scrutiny: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/07/19/ottawa-bluesfest-investigation-stage.html

Robin Zander (singer for Cheap Trick) assesses damage to Ottawa Bluesfest stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCwNKox0uXE

Cheap Trick wants bands and fans to be protected: http://www.cheaptrick.com/cheap-trick-wants-bands-crews-and-fans-protected

AC/DC Releases DVD From the Black Ice Tour

Mega rock band AC/DC released today their DVD from the Black Ice tour that spanned 2008 – 2009. I saw the concert twice and it was one of the best AC/DC shows I have ever seen. Brian and Angus were having the time of their lives. Nice to see that after so many years of the band being together. I have not seen the DVD yet but I’m sure it’s great (review to follow). Here the scoop on the DVD:

Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.”

Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled “The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat,” features interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires.

Click here to purchase your copy today!

The High Cost of Seeing Your Favorite Bands from the Past

The summer concert season is just about here and I’ve been looking at who I’d like to see this year. It looks like I won’t be seeing any bands listed below. I can’t believe how much they and the venue wants for a show. I’ve always wanted to see U2, but $250 for good seats? You have got to be kidding! Most of the bands below have not had a hit song for 20+ years and they want up to $865 for a show. It’s almost laughable to me.

Many of the bands below don’t even have most of their original members left. Grand Funk Railroad is missing their lead singer/ song writer Mark Farner, only the original drummer and bass player. Journey has a very high energy Philippine singer that they found on YouTube. Sure, he sings almost like Steve Perry, but when I saw them a number of years ago I couldn’t stop laughing when he hit the stage. I swear lead guitarist Neal Schon at one point was laughing at him too or maybe he was laughing that we actually paid to see them!

  • BB King at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $93
  • Doobie Brothers at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $145
  • Grand Funk Railroad at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Jethro Tull at the Greek Theater = $99
  • Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $216 – $751
  • Michael McDonald (formally in the Doobie Brothers) at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83
  • REO Speedwagon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Rush at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $120- $865
  • Steely Dan at the Greek Theater = $145
  • The Moody Blues at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $99
  • U2 at Anaheim Stadium = $250
  • Weird Al Yankovic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Yes and Styx at the Greek Theater = $116
  • Yes at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83

Foreigner does not have any original members except for the guitarist? Really? How can they be called Foreigner without Lou Gramm? I guess the Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald can’t mend their differences since they tour separately. The only bands with all original members are Rush and U2. And still they want this kind of money? Some bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon should really be called tribute bands since most original members are gone.

I believe the venues like the Greek Theater and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater are at fault too for gouging consumers. What is the deal with tickets up to $865 per seat? For that price I better get the best meal of my life and they better include a nude stripper giving me lap dances the entire time! The recession is NOT OVER! I don’t know how anybody can afford these prices.

Most of these prices do not include parking that can be $20+. Also don’t forget the high price of beer that can be up to $12 for a small cup and concert shirts (etc.) that can range from $40 on up. If you pay for these shows I’d like to know if it was worth it. I’ll just wait for the DVD’s. I’ll just stick to the smaller, more intimate venues around San Diego like the Belly Up and the House of Blues where I can see great bands for a lot cheaper.

Local Singer Gets the Job To Front Quiet Riot!

Mark Huff, a local San Diego singer who I personally know is replacing Kevin DuBrow who passed away in 2007. Check out the complete story:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2010/oct/06/blurt3-quiet-riot/

Update:

Quiet Riot fired Mark on January 12,2012 for unknown reasons. The world and Mark found out (while he was prepping for brain surgery) via Facebook! Not cool Frankie!