Riverside, California, July 19, 2014: Riverside Municipal Auditorium was packed to the rafters last Saturday, July 19th as 2,200 concertgoers showed up ready to rock. Three of the country’s top tribute acts took the stage at a Music Zirconia sponsored hard rock dream line-up concert, with tributes to Motley Crue, AC/DC and Guns & Roses. As security guards patted down one person after the next, it seemed that the whole of Riverside’s downtown area seemed to be pouring in from their homes, workplaces, and bars. “The line extends all the way around the building!” remarked one of the security guards observing the mass from behind the front gate. As concertgoers entered through the side they were greeted by the smell of local tacos and the waft of beer and alcohol.
Across from the big-breasted ice sculpture (which many patrons were taking liquor shots from) radio station KSWD were giving out prizes, including a pair of Motley Crue tickets presented by lead singer Michael O’Mara of tribute band True 2 Crue. True 2 Crue considered this show a warm up for this week’s band field-trip festivities as the REAL Motley Crue perform their last area concert this week in Irvine before retiring. ACS Entertainment provided Riverside Auditorium with some pre-show visual entertainment before the tribute acts rolled on stage with some eye-candy rocker girl dancers. The ladies later joined True 2 Crue for their famous rendition of Girls Girls Girls and joined AC/DC tribute act Back 2 Black for the entirety of their whole set. Hats off to the girls for being able to keep up their killer moves for the entire night!
Back 2 Black celebrated their involvement playing their first thousand plus person show. They delivered both Brian Johnson and Bon Scott era AC/DC classics with flawless execution and energy that the crowd lapped up. When guitarist Tyler Melen, Back 2 Black’s “Angus Young”, jumped into the crowd to perform his usual audience interaction antics, he quickly realized this would be impossible and, as he was swarmed with the enthusiastic crowd, became claustrophobic. Tyler commented “I was trying to get to the bar in the middle of the dance floor but once I got halfway I realized I might never get back!”
Greg Grmolyes, drummer of Guns n Roses tribute band Paradise City, will tell you: “we only play big shows” and that they did, as evidenced by the pictures below! If anyone attended the concert and got video or pictures that they want to share with the bands, they can do so easily by posting pictures and tagging Music Zirconia and the specific band that the pictures pertain to. As John Grange, “Axl Rose” lead singer of Paradise City will remind fans- don’t forget to give your post a #ParadiseCity for them and a #TributeBand for us! Keep rocking, world! This is the first of several such themed tribute events that will be taking place at the venue. Keep your eyes open for upcoming concert announcements.