||DESTROYER (Kiss Tribute), EVIL EYES (Dio Tribute)
Bonds Rock Bar, San Antonio, Texas.
I have mixed opinions about tribute bands. My philosophy is if I can't see the real thing, than why bother, why waste my money? But with all due respect, tribute bands do provide a service as the next best thing to seeing the real thing.
My first encounter with tribute bands was a Deep Purple tribute band back in August of 1993 at the Rock and Roll café in Greenwich Village, New York City. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the Iron Maidens, a female tribute band that paid tribute to the finest and greatest band that the United Kingdom has ever produced.
Las Vegas has a lot of tribute bands; there is an Alice Cooper tribute band, Marlin Manson tribute band and a Whitesnake tribute band. Las Vegas, laugh all you want, but Vegas has become a major player on the international hard rock scene. It is giving nearby arch rival West Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard a serious challenge.
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July, 27, Saturday at Bonds, I had the pleasure of attending the Evil Eyes (Dio Tribute) and Destroyer (Kiss) tribute show at my favorite club. Evil Eyes were not bad, but they gave a tense performance. At one point, the singer stopped and said: "What's wrong with you?" They gave an uninspiring performance.
Destroyer are a Kiss tribute band based in Dallas, Fort Worth. I lived in Dallas from 1994 to 2004 and it has always been a strong hold for Hard Rock and Metal bands. Deep Elm, which is right by Fair Park and is where the State Fair is held every year is the Metro area's rock district. The band Pantera were based in Arlington, which is close to Fort Worth.
They are considered by a lot of people, including me to be the second most important band to come out of the state of Texas right behind ZZ Top.
I saw Kiss back 1996 in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Arena. The Dallas performance was the fifth stop on a tour that was selling out arenas and breaking box office records worldwide.
At Bonds, the place was so packed that it looked and felt like I was in an arena. These guys played, looked, and feel like the real Kiss and at sometimes it was scary. They played the hits from 1974 to 1977 and the singer that played Paul Stanley has him down pat with his stage presence, voice patterns, and mannerisms.
This was the most impressive tribute band that I have seen so far. All in all, a fun night.
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