'70s Tributefest II: Soundalikes Salute Hard Rock Legends
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The last date listed for '70s Tributefest II was Saturday July 7, 2012 / 7:00pm.
Unchained is a group of four seasoned musicians who share an appreciation of the unbridled fun, energy, and musicianship of the golden age of Van Halen. Van Halen was the band in their formative years, and as everyone knows, the group ruled the rock ‘n’ roll world for a long time. Everyone who lived during those years knows that the band’s energy was the perfect blend of attitude, recklessness, prodigy-level musicianship, spanning the full gamut of musical emotions, from “Dance the Night Away” to “Mean Street.”
Unchained has wowed audiences for almost 15 years years with its reproduction of the Van Halen sound and its members’ astounding technical musical ability. From “Big Bad Bill” and “Happy Trails” to “Light up the Sky,” “Dirty Movies,” and everything in between, including some tracks from the significant Sammy years, this band delivers Van Halen like no other.
Into the Void* is a band that plays Black Sabbath’s music from the Ozzy years. The musicians in the group were hand-picked from three different tribute bands. Vocalist Rick Woods comes from Black Bloody Black, guitarist Aaron Kipness and bassist Marty Beck come from Bargain (The Who tribute band), and drummer Tom Capobianco comes from Sabbra Cadabra and Black Dog.
Woods’s vocals are a dead-on representation of Ozzy Osbourne that has never been topped. Kipness built a special amplifier and effects pedals from scratch to exactly replicate Tony Iommi’s signature sound, and he spent many hours learning the requisite solos and songs note for note. Beck captures the true essence of Geezer Butler’s style and tone by using identical basses and high-powered amplification. And Capobianco, a veteran of drumming Black Sabbath’s music for over 20 years, pounds his Ludwig drums relentlessly in true Bill Ward fashion.
Active since 1998, Sanctuary is the only Iron Maiden tribute on the East Coast ever to be featured in the official Iron Maiden fanclub magazine. The band gives Iron Maiden fans a true and authentic Maiden stage show experience unlike no other Maiden tribute. As part of the band’s stage shows, Sanctuary uses simulated flame effects, video projection backdrops, fog machines, and more – features now imitated by numerous other Maiden tribute bands.
Sanctuary can deliver up to three hours of Iron Maiden and performs regularly in the Tri-State area, complete with a stationary laser-eyes Eddie the mascot with a crystal ball and even live Eddie appearances. No true Iron Maiden fan has ever been disappointed after seeing this band perform live. You won’t be either.