Apr 212012

Fresno Rock City

Looking to finally place a gleaming RTH No-Prize on your virtual mantle? Then join us in a RTH Scavenger Hunt, where we scour the dusty nooks and crannies of the Internet to find the most wondrous examples of all kinds of weird rock-related ephemera.

Today, we’ll be looking for compelling photos of rock tribute bands. The criteria for winning entries are too complex to begin describing here. Let’s just say the judges need to have their eyeballs singed by the incredible photographic awesomeness you discover. Multiple No-Prizes may be awarded, so keep those URLs (no more than 2 per post, please) pouring in!

I look forward to your responses.



  108 Responses to “RTH Scavenger Hunt: Priceless Tribute Band Photos”

  1. Check out Wild Child. The No-Prize is mine!


    Southern California based, Wild Child is the band that re-creates a 1960’s Doors concert right in front of your eyes and ears. Its not just another tribute band. Performed with painstaking detail to: stage craft, music, sound and energy. Wild Child will take you to the closest thing you will see to Jim Morrison and The Doors live in concert.

  2. trigmogigmo

    A tribute band that is a tribute to just one band? Or a tribute to a whole genre? That’s too easy! To excel, you must find a way to be a tribute to exactly two specific bands:


    Now, if you can figure out who is who….

  3. tonyola

    I worked with this Elvis impersonator throughout most of 1989. His name is Dennis Wise, and he gained some notoriety in 1977-1978 for undergoing plastic surgery to resemble the recently-dead King.


  4. tonyola

    Here’s another one – The Musical Box, a Gabriel-era Genesis tribute band. The singer is wearing a “slipperman” costume that Peter wore on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour.

  5. alexmagic

    It might just be the beard of the third guy, but they remind me more of the bad guys from the Phantom Zone in Superman II than The Doors.

    I could maybe see Manzarek freeing these guys from their interdimensional prison because they tricked him into thinking Morrison was trapped there.

  6. cliff sovinsanity

    Fan Halen anyone ??

    What I’m curious about is the chest hair? Real or not.

  7. Who could forget Hell’s Belles? Angus called them “the best AC/DC cover I’ve heard.”


  8. alexmagic

    Let me see if I can’t win this with…The Misfats:

  9. cherguevarra

    here’s a Beach Boys tribute, “Gidea Park”


  10. No points for guessing who the Hot Rocks are aping…

  11. jeangray

    The stuff nightmares are made of.

  12. I found one I don’t think I could link to directly, so I placed it after the jump.

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    I did a post about my awful experience with a tribute band last year. I’m still reeling from seeing these guys:


    Now we know how Sean Penn uses his down time.

  14. hrrundivbakshi

    Yes! Part two of the trifecta… found!


  15. hrrundivbakshi

    I award myself a No-Prize for “Keith Moon” in this unnamed Who tribute band:


  16. hrrundivbakshi

    The Johnni Hendrix Experience!


  17. hrrundivbakshi

    Get up offa that thing — with the step-Godfather of soul!


  18. Yes tribute band:

    Oh wait, that was the real thing. Try these guys, complete with a “tribute head” from one of their breakthrough albums:

  19. hrrundivbakshi

    I dunno, the guy practicing his Slash slouch is pretty compelling. He shows real thrift, repurposing that mop for his Slash-wig.

  20. ladymisskirroyale

    Is this a Pixies or Police tribute?


  21. ladymisskirroyale

    Ok, this is not a tribute band, but these guys have better stage presence than the originals:


  22. Here’s GABBA, the ABBA in the style of The Ramones tribute: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mcKAKuDE2nw/TkZ28MEkpBI/AAAAAAAAFew/bV7EdCbSAdA/s1600/GABBA.jpg

  23. Talking Heads tribute band, Same As It Ever Was:


    You’ve gotta admit, that ‘Tina Weymouth’ is uncanny!

    • hrrundivbakshi

      I ask this question seriously: what is the point of a publicity shot for a “tribute band” that makes no effort to look like the real thing? What aspect of your creative personality are you trying to display? Or are you just trying to prove to club owners that you don’t look like, you know, the Misfats?

      • cliff sovinsanity

        I completely agree. Unless you have a “shtick” like Cheap Chick or Little KISS, I find little interest in seeing a bunch of faceless guys that sound just like a band’s studio output. Part of the fun is the visual, n’est ce pas. Not unlike live shows by bands who don’t add anything to their live shows and end up sounding like they do in the studio

  24. There are some frightening Journey tribute bands out there, including this one:

  25. hrrundivbakshi

    For your viewing pleasure: candid shots of “Maet Loaf” (yes, that’s their tribute band name) in the studio! Be sure to catch up on their riveting account of Maet’s flatulence problem.


  26. cherguevarra

    How about a tribute to Stevie Wonder and… Jamaroquai?


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