■ Susan Carrier / Contributed
Over the past three years, tributes to the icons of rock ‘n’ roll have become a regular occurrence in downtown Hemet. The Historic Hemet Theatre has become well known for hosting top tribute bands from all over the country, in some of the best concerts you will ever see.
With each concert, fans rave that it was the best yet… but the show on July 8 was truly over the top. Cash, Killer and The King bills itself as a “red-hot rock ‘n roll show” and without a doubt they proved their claim in Hemet.
The concert began with classic hits by Johnny Cash, each sung by a rich gravelly voice that perfectly mimicked the “Man in Black.” Then came a jaw-dropping performance of honky-tonk piano that left the audience stunned. The classic tunes from Jerry Lee Lewis rocked the house and filled the dance floor over and over. Following intermission, “Cash” and “Killer” returned to the stage, this time with a third icon, the “King” of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley.
Two fans dressed as Elvis, added to the entertainment, gyrating across the dance floor with signature Presley moves. For one song, they were invited on stage to sing, joined by a young musician from the audience who borrowed a guitar from “Johnny” to play along. The cheers from the sellout crowd were almost deafening.
This is one concert that fans will be talking about for a long time. There were dozens of requests for a return engagement. Topping this one will be a real challenge.
If you missed the show, catch a glimpse of the fun on the theatre’s Facebook page and make plans to join us for the next red-hot tribute on August 12 when The Who and Heart will be featured in a double header tribute concert.
Showtime for all performances is 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale, $25 day of show, available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St. and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.
For a full line-up of shows, visit the theatre website at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or stop by the ticket office Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or call 951-658-5950. Enroll on the website for weekly emails.