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. hrrundivbakshi


  3. 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….

  4. That band’s amazing!

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. tonyola

    I should say “…costume identical to the one worn by Peter on…”

  8. jeangray

    Killing it!

  9. jeangray

    Ding ding ding! We have a winner.

  10. Happiness Stan

    Blimey, they look like a New Wave of British Heavy Metal Band!

  11. 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.

  12. alexmagic

    Huh, that was supposed to go under Mod’s suggestion of Wild Child.

  13. cliff sovinsanity

    Fan Halen anyone ??

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

  14. From left: Hulk Hogan, Val Kilmer, Don Brewer, Jackie Earle Haley

  15. Happiness Stan

    I know they’re probably considered very old hat these days, but saw Dread Zeppelin about fifteen years ago and they were a hoot


  16. misterioso

    Holy Moses. Can’t wait to see “Styx ‘n’ Stones.”

  17. I figured as much. I thought it was funny that the next entry was Bostyx, because I thought Wild Child looked like a Jim Morrison impersonator backed by Boston impersonators.

  18. hrrundivbakshi

    My fave so far!

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


  20. alexmagic

    Coincidentally (or is it?), that exact shot of the Phantom Zone criminals flying through space in that little square has long reminded me of the cover of KISS Dynasty, the very cover referenced in the PRISS image at the top of this post.

  21. alexmagic

    Pick-Up Styx, the world’s greatest Average White Band/Styx cover band project.

  22. alexmagic

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

  23. cherguevara

    Wow, I’m thinking the only thing worse than Jim Morrison might be a guy who thinks he is Jim Morrison.

  24. cherguevara

    This thread is awesome but I can’t see anybody topping this one.

  25. cherguevara

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


  26. hrrundivbakshi

    The female “Angus” is a distant relative of mine.

  27. hrrundivbakshi

    Oh, my.

  28. What’s Axl Rose doin’ in there?

  29. I saw Wild Child once in MIami. I though the Morrison guy exposed himself but it turns out it was just a dildo.

  30. Come clean: that’s you and mockcarr!

  31. trigmogigmo

    Nice. Deadwood bartender on bass.

  32. trigmogigmo

    I surrender!

  33. Gack! This bunch looks like some “friendly” aliens from a particularly cheesy episode of the original Star Trek series – third season, of course.

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

  35. tonyola

    Feh – bad link. Try this…

  36. jeangray

    Me too! And they were marvelous.

  37. jeangray

    Dig the overalls!

  38. jeangray

    That’s pretty hot.

  39. jeangray

    It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

  40. jeangray

    Eight members!

  41. jeangray

    The stuff nightmares are made of.

  42. I hope you don’t think that those guys are just one of those pretty decent Bob Seger tribute bands that you always hear about. They are, in fact, the ULTIMATE Bob Seger tribute band.

  43. cherguevara

    The longer I stare at this one, the funnier it gets.

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

  45. hrrundivbakshi

    Combination Stones tribute band and and faux-Seinfeld ensemble!

  46. ladymisskirroyale

    Abba would not be caught dead in such cheap looking costumes!

  47. 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.

  48. hrrundivbakshi

    Yes! Part two of the trifecta… found!


  49. I’ve also been on a hunt for the third and final piece in the trilogy, but I can’t find just the right piece. There are bands that cover ELO, but only this one, Discovery, seems to go for the Look:


    If only I could find a larger image for us to better examine.

  50. hrrundivbakshi

    Then there’s this. Still, wacky afro wigs do not an ELO tribute band make. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfsNYt9V664

  51. Happiness Stan

    They’ve had hits in the UK…

  52. mockcarr

    Wait, Morrison? I thought you said Morristown.

  53. mockcarr

    That can only lead to the Chicagobetweens and Buffalos Lobos.

  54. mockcarr

    Dreading zeppelins is what we all should be doing. Now Mod’s band should be called Led Zeppoles.

  55. mockcarr

    Thus begins the Exodus to the aisles.

  56. mockcarr

    I vote chestwig. Mostly because it’s a funny word, but still.

  57. mockcarr

    I WISH I could grown facial hair that lush. Even fake facial hair that lush…

  58. mockcarr

    Who are we to disagree? Wait, it’s ABBA?

  59. mockcarr

    no need to get vulgar, jean

  60. mockcarr

    close, but no seger

  61. mockcarr

    Can i look at the bad link again?
    No 14-year old girl to personify Bill Wyman?

  62. mockcarr

    Where does one acquire a coat like that, behind a paint factory in December?

  63. mockcarr

    Pink Fraud

  64. tonyola

    Well, you might not like early Genesis (I do…a lot) but The Musical Box do a really excellent job of re-creating the look and sound of the Gabriel-led band. In terms of music and skill, they’re one of the very best tribute bands.

  65. hrrundivbakshi

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


  66. hrrundivbakshi

    The Johnni Hendrix Experience!


  67. hrrundivbakshi

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


  68. Harry Shearer as Entwistle and some aging B-movie actress with bad cosmetic surgery as Moon? Brilliant!

  69. Is that Ron Jeremy as Bob Seger?

  70. hrrundivbakshi

    I have to say, this is the one that makes me bust out laughing every time I see it. Oh, Noel Rodding!

  71. Yes tribute band:

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

  72. hrrundivbakshi

    Hahahaha, etc. Now *that’s* funny! Or is it tragic? I would totally have picked the real thing for the tribute band, and vice-versa.

  73. hrrundivbakshi

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

  74. I like that it’s a tribute to the old decrepit Stones Post-Wyman era!

  75. I’m down with that. This one is killer. Gotta love the white guys!

  76. BigSteve

    Yes, even the fake Stones act like the bass player is not a full member of the band.

  77. trigmogigmo

    mockcarr is on fire!

  78. ladymisskirroyale

    Oh, so NOW I know what they mean when they sing “Have a Cigar”…

  79. ladymisskirroyale

    Is this a Pixies or Police tribute?


  80. ladymisskirroyale

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


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

  82. You nailed that description of the ‘Moon’ in this band. (S)he’s frightening!

  83. Those two female impersonators are pretty convincing!

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


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

  85. 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?

  86. 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

  87. hrrundivbakshi

    Stewart Rodd! No-Prize winner!

  88. Hey, he’s one of the best guitarists in the country!

  89. tonyola

    Are there enough Weller fans out there to give this guy paying work? When are we going to see a Gary Numan clone?

  90. Now all we need is a homosexual Heart.

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

  92. hrrundivbakshi


  93. 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.


  94. cherguevara

    How about a tribute to Stevie Wonder and… Jamaroquai?


  95. misterioso

    That would be Gary Numan, wouldn’t it?

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