■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Historic Hemet Theatre continues its latest season of Tribute Mania with a tribute to Van Halen, performed by the award-winning Fan Halen.
Van Halen is an American hard rock band that rose to prominence in the 1980s and remains one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. In the heyday of heavy metal, the group became famous for its flamboyant costumes, outrageous show antics and revolutionary guitar riffs. Their songs hit the Billboard Hot 100 list more than any other hard rock or heavy metal band.
Top Van Halen songs include “Jump,” “Pretty Woman,” “You Really Got Me,” “Dance the Night Away,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Running With the Devil” and “Everybody Wants Some.”
Known as “The World’s Most Authentic Tribute to Van Halen,” Fan Halen has been featured twice on AXTV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.” Their stage show recreates a night with Dave, Eddie, Alex and Michael with a true-to-life tribute to not only the band but the spirit of an era!
Ernie Berru as David Lee Roth is so uncanny and convincing it’s got to be witnessed to be believed. From Diamond Dave’s unmistakable costumes to his signature scream and unique vocal delivery, Ernie delivers the swagger and bravado second only to Roth himself!
Derek Fuller as Edward Van Halen recreates Edward’s classic guitar tone, playing every riff and solo with as much fury and technique as Edward himself, while capturing all of the enthusiasm and flash of Eddie’s engaging live personality.
George DuBose as Michael Anthony looks strikingly like Michael and supplies the low-end bass groove, high-end energy, and most importantly the high harmony backing vocals, which is essential in delivering the quintessential signature sound of Van Halen.
Michael Thompson as Alex Van Halen behind his enormous circa 1981 18-piece double-barreled bass drum Ludwig kit delivers the thunderous rhythms and heavy artillery with all the enthusiasm, energy and ear-to-ear grin that Alex brought to Van Halen.
Fans won’t believe their eyes or ears and it will feel like it’s 1984 all over again! From the look of the band, the choreography, the note-for-note reproduction of the greatest rock songs ever written to the sonic energy of the performance, nothing is overlooked. The public won’t want to miss this chance to experience the music, energy, and insanity of Van Halen.
The remainder of Season One includes Tribute to Marvin Gaye (Feb 9), The Glen Campbell Story (Feb 23), The Music of John Denver (Mar 9), Tribute to AC/DC (Mar 23), The Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute (Apr 6), and Tribute to The Doors (Apr 27).
Meanwhile, the new “Friday Night Live!” concert series continues with an appearance by Jerome Robinson and the 2nd Generation Platters on Friday, Feb. 15. Appearing with Jerome will be Helena V performing a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Tickets for Tribute Mania and Friday Nite Live shows are $22 presale and $25 day of show. Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Event tickets are available at the ticket office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at www.PurplePass.com. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 North Harvard Street and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 South Harvard Street. Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950.