■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
Playing to a sold out audience, Desperado came through with another masterful tribute to the Eagles on Saturday night at the Historic Hemet Theatre. This was their third time appearing at the old movie house, all three times selling out the 400-seat auditorium.
The crowd was loud and enthusiastic, cheering and filling the dance floor over and over again. Desperado is well known for their ability to accurately recreate the unique sound of the Eagles, playing venues across the country and being featured on the AXS TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.” And Saturday night they once again demonstrated the reason for their success.
After the show, fans were allowed to meet the band, take photos and get autographs from the band members. Volunteers love talking to the patrons as they leave. Many are at the theatre for the first time and the staff has a saying, “It may be your first time, but it won’t be your last.” And hundreds of times they hear the guests say, “This was great! We will definitely be back!”
That is the reason that the crowds have steadily grown for the past three years, building a solid reputation for quality entertainment and a large following throughout southern California. All three concerts this year have sold out and the rest of the Tribute Mania concert series is almost certainly to follow suit. There are fewer than 100 tickets left for the March 18 tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival by Fortunate Son.
Brad Ford & Fortunate Son combine timeless CCR favorites and John Fogerty solo hits to recreate the spirit and grit of one of America’s favorite rock & roll bands. They play the swampy blues of “Born On The Bayou” and “Green River,” and the country influences of “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” & “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” as well as rock anthems such as “Proud Mary,” “Centerfield,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” & “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” All delivered with the authentic sound, look and feel of John Fogerty with the help of vintage gear including Rickenbackers, Les Pauls, Fenders and Kustom Amps.
Tickets for Tribute Mania events are $22 presale and $25 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. For a full lineup of upcoming events, call the box office at (951) 658-5950 or visit www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com.