■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
The band Desperado has a reputation for an amazing recreation of the classic sound of the Eagles. If you close your eyes, you would swear you were listening to one of your favorite LPs from the ‘70s. On Saturday March 4 at 7 p.m. you can experience that feeling too.
In 2015, Desperado was the first group to sell out their performance at the fledgling Historic Hemet Theatre. Last year, their return visit was one of only two concerts that filled the auditorium to capacity. Now that the theatre is filling the house regularly, this appearance will certainly be no exception.
With five lead vocalists and instrumentalists who have honed their musical skills in a variety of professional projects, Desperado is truly a cut above — performing with all live sound (no backing tracks). Singing the Eagles’ soaring harmonies while executing the guitar parts and rhythm track to perfection, Desperado challenges the listener to tell the difference between what is being played live and the original versions of the songs.
Leader and founding member Aaron Broering spent years putting together just the right combination of musicians to fulfill his dream of performing these well-crafted songs with the highest of skill. Recruiting performers who have traveled the world performing with The Beach Boys, David Ruffin of the Temptations, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, and with Eagles’ Timothy B Schmit, Don Felder, and J.D. Souther, Desperado truly is “The Premier Eagles Tribute.”
Tribute to the Eagles is the third in the 2017 “Tribute Mania” concert series that is helping bring the Historic Hemet Theatre back to life. The first two tributes to Queen and Neil Diamond sold out, building hopes that the Foundation can complete the purchase of the historic movie house by the end of the year.
Upcoming concerts include: Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, featuring Fortunate Son on Saturday March 18; Tribute to The Beatles with Britain’s Finest on Saturday April 8; Tribute to the Rolling Stones featuring The Ultimate Stones on Saturday April 29; and Tribute to the Doobie Brothers by Doobie, Inc. on Saturday May 13.
Tickets for “Tribute Mania” concerts are $22 presale and $25 day of show. All shows have a 7 p.m. start time. Concert tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre Box Office 951-658-5950.