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March 31, 2017
BOOKENDS- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS are bringing their Simon and Garfunkel tribute all the way from the United Kingdom to Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs on their first US tour!
The duo consists of old friends Dan Haynes and Pete Richards and is being hailed as the best Simon and Garfunkel tribute in the world.
The Stargazers performance will include backing by a live string quartet: Colorado’s own Front Range Strings.
The concert will also include a lot of personal touches and extras- along with the accurate live renditions of the iconic works of Simon and Garfunkel, the show also includes images, original footage and interview clips with Simon and Garfunkel themselves. The song list will include such timeless hits as The Boxer, Bridge over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and Mrs. Robinson.
I had the chance to have a “chat” with Pete Richards of the duo and one of the questions I asked was since it’s their first tour of the United States and so their first visit to Colorado Springs and Stargazers Theatre, what would he and Dan like most for our community to know about them before they arrive?
He stated “Please tell them that we don’t dress up and we don’t wear wigs! Instead we pay tribute to the music.”
Friends since the age of 11, Pete feels this longtime friendship is what helps the duo to see eye to eye on many of the challenges they face as touring tribute artists.
The best thing about being a tribute artist?
“Being paid to do something we're passionate about and travelling around the world meeting great people! We can’t wait to experience America and see the reaction of our audiences!”
Hear a sample of this touching tribute here:
No wigs needed.
March 28, 2017
As you may know, we at Stargazers focus on presenting a wide variety of special events – live music, comedy, film screenings, fund raisers for non-profit organizations, corporate meetings and much more- but we would have to say some of the events most enjoyed by our patrons are the top-quality tribute band performances.
Yesterday -The Beatles Tribute, Ted Vigil as John Denver, Scarab -A Tribute to Journey, Dragontown Dan, and his Alice Cooper Tribute and of course the internationally touring ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience are just a few of the tribute acts that have performed here at Stargazers and all have done an amazing job and have received a warm welcome from the music lovers of the Colorado Springs community.
Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute returns to Stargazers Theatre the weekend of April 7 and 8th, 2017 and for one of those evenings a relative newcomer to Stargazers stage is the featured opener- The Strange Parade, The Doors Experience.
Cindy Hooton, co-owner of Stargazers Theatre, recently had the opportunity to ask some questions of Matthew Barham, the front man of The Strange Parade, The Doors Concert Experience. Matt had the following to say about his experiences as portraying Jim Morrison with Strange Parade….
As a teenager I was into hair metal. Motley Crue, Scorpions, Cinderella, Ratt, Dokken...everything. But as I entered my twenties my music taste shifted back about two decades into the '60s. I remember I was in my first apartment, cooking, and I had a random playlist going on my stereo, and after "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" concluded I heard this groovy organ intro with scattered jazz drums. Suddenly my attention was yanked from the stove by a loud scream. I'd heard "Riders on the Storm" and "Break on Through" plenty, but my first real introduction into the Doors came from that moment with the anguished yell of Morrison and the dripping distortion of Krieger's guitar opening on "When The Music's Over". I proceeded to turn off the stove and sit in front of my speakers motionless for the rest of the track.
In a very short time I went on a listening spree of The Doors. I'd put on that first self-titled album and their second one, Strange Days, over and over in my car, on my turntable, in my earbuds. I went through all six studio albums quickly, and then I'd just start over again, one by one, listening, over and over. I don't think there's any other artist, except maybe Led Zeppelin, where I did that. And then I discovered the multitude of live recordings available with Morrison screaming and antagonizing the audience, reciting poetry, and going off on tangents leading into new unrehearsed sections of songs, and something clicked. I'd been in theater for about ten or so years at that point, primarily doing comedy and dropping improvisational moments during scripted shows to see how the other actors would react. When things went off-script, or awry, was when I felt comfortable. I wanted to push that further and I saw the Doors as the perfect foundation for that experiment.
Since the group formed in 2011 it has kept its performance schedule at a more modest frequency than other tribute groups, and this is to keep the show from developing a feeling of lather-rinse-and-repeat and to maintain that sense of experimentation and uncertainty. I don't think anyone has kept track of the exact number of shows, but it's under a hundred. We have many of those shows recorded in one form or another and each one is unique. During rehearsals we just practice the form, but we acknowledge that when the show arrives the plan is flexible, and we don't know what will happen. It really depends on where each of us are at in life at the time of performance (anger, sadness, joy, restless frustration, etc.), and what the audience wants and responds to. The audience controls a lot more than they think. We give it all back to them. We often do a medley of "Alabama Song", "Back Door Man", and "Five to One" -- one of our favorite moments in the show -- and the sheer chaos that has come out of that medley has become some of my wildest memories. It's frequently become a mob of arms and bodies dancing and stomping to the aggressive thudding drums at the climax of "Five to One". That kind of energy is a special moment and it doesn't show up in the cubicles at the office too often.
And that's probably the big goal of The Strange Parade. We need that moment of weird. The audience and us. I like to say often that we give the audience permission to go crazy for a little bit, but it's also permission for us too. I'm a full-time English major at CU Boulder, Neville is a working therapist, Greg and David are professional musicians with other gigs in the industry; the four of us must let loose or we burn out. From what we've experienced at our shows the people who come to see us also need that. We're taking off the masks and being humans for an evening, and that resonates with the audience, so they feel safe to do the same. We'll keep doing it as long as we remain honest in what we do.
That's kind of a spiritual response to why we do what we do. But there's another part of it, and that is that we're musical historians. If someone wants to hear Beethoven, Mozart, or Mahler then there's usually an orchestra that offers that opportunity. And I think rock and roll deserves the same treatment, live and in full energy. There are a lot of other people who feel the same way and the result is the quantity of great tribute bands out there. I got to hear Talking Heads in Boulder with a bunch of people grooving to an extended jam of "Swamp". I love my vinyls, but you can't get that out of a recording.
One last thing: I met my wife at one of our concerts. It was the first time we played Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs, on May 21st of 2016. She was in the front row, dancing and singing. Six months later I married her, and I haven't ever felt this much serenity in my life. The band and I have had some wild times, and it keeps getting crazier thanks to the enthusiasm, support and love from the fans, but I'll always remember that I met my soul mate while wearing leather pants at Stargazers, and that's priceless.
We'll be opening for Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, on April 8th at Stargazers in Colorado Springs. We're really excited to open for a nationally touring group like them, and we can't wait to hear them after our set. Those tickets absolutely will sell out. Everyone says that, but this time it isn't an exaggeration. Definitely buy them ahead of time and ensure your place at that concert.
The Strange Parade
The Doors Concert Experience