Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Eagles and Eric Clapton performing on the same evening?
No, it's not a late 1970's superstar music festival, but a show featuring three tribute bands at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 2.
“Icons of Vinyl: The Ultimate Tribute tour,” features The Petty Breakers, Desperado (Eagles) and the Clapton tribute Journeyman. And, it's all thanks to Shaun Hague, longtime South Bay resident who's since moved to Chicago.
“I thought there was a market to recreate an older classic bill from the 70s," said Hague, the frontman for the Clapton tribute band.
"So I took a few of the best tributes that I have and put them together. We each do anywhere between a 50 and 60 minute set, just banging out all the hits.”
The Clapton tribute covers the legendary rock and blues guitarist's career, from Derek & the Dominoes and Cream to his solo work, including some “deep cuts.”
“You have to do some of the staples... as long as we cover the basics, the fans are really happy,” Hague said.
Ozzie Mancinelli was channeling Ronnie Wood in a Rolling Stones tribute band around eight years ago when a Tom Petty tribute band opened for his band. As a huge Petty fan, he wasn't overly impressed, so he called up a few friends and formed The Pettybreakers.
“Obviously, we're all are passionate about the music,” said Mancinelli, who grew up in the South Bay and recalled performing at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. “We have a great respect for the great songs that Tom Petty wrote, the extensive catalog that he left behind. Unfortunately he passed away too soon.”
Mancinelli said he still feels the loss more than a year after Petty's sudden death.
“Having never met him, it still felt very personal, I felt like I lost a family member,” Mancinelli said. “When he first passed, our local venue here in San Diego called and said we have to do something for his birthday. I thought it was way too soon, people are not going to be in into this, they are going to think we're opportunistic... but he kept persisting. Reluctantly I agreed to do it. We donated all the proceeds to Tom Petty's Midnight Mission and Rock the Dogs (formed by Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell)... that night there was hugging, crying and singing, it was therapeutic.”
The demand for The Pettybreakers has increased dramatically since Petty's death.
“We give the people what the expect to hear,” Mancinelli said. “We give them the hits, but we always surprise with a couple of deep cuts. It's great to see the real hard core fans who recognize them right off the bat.”
Desperado founder Aaron Broering grew up loving the music of the Eagles. He played their music while attending San Diego State and he thought, “What do I do with this talent?” When he graduated, he answered an ad for an Eagles tribute band and he was hired.
He played with that band for more than a year, but he felt they weren't “cutting the mustard” when it came to playing the Eagles cannon. He split from them in 2002 and formed Desperado in an effort to capture the apex of the band, which he feels is from 1975 to 1977.
Broering plays guitar and keyboard and lends vocals to both Glenn Frey and Don Henley parts.
“We all jump around and throw our voices here and use our instruments there to make sure that all the parts are covered,” Broering said.
With an hour set, Broering said Desperado will focus on songs from “Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971 to 1975,” the biggest selling album of all time, and “Hotel California,” the third largest selling album of all time. But that doesn't scratch the surface of their hits. The band's goal is to perform the songs in their “pure form” by keeping strong harmonies and musicianship.
“It's a good problem to have,” Broering said. “We always have a built in audience … for this particular show we cover the absolutely undeniable hits, but it was very much a challenge to try to come up with a concise set to try and give that to the people. Here's 'Eagles, yeah great, but have you got a couple of hours?'”
Broering said Frey's death in January 2016 was difficult for him because he was the first musician he emulated back in 1994.
“He's gone forever, he'll never be replaced,” Broering said. “Now there's a part of that legacy that's lost forever... it hit us hard, but it provided us the challenge to make sure that we kept this body of work going.”
'Icons of Vinyl'
“Icons of Vinyl” takes place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 to $55. Parking is free.
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