||TRIBUTE BANDS (3 x 60')
GENRE: REALITY TV
PRODUCED BY GOOD COMPANY PICTURES
TRIBUTE BANDS, a three-part Gemini
award-winning documentary series that explores a world
that lies somewhere between fame and obscurity, the often
bizarre world of tribute bands. Narrated by Rockstar:
INXS finalist Suzie McNeil, each one-hour episode
follows tribute bands that pose as The Police, Rush,
and Queen. Their quest to become the ?next best
thing? to the real bands can be lucrative, funny,
heartbreaking and at times surreal. In the world of
tribute, it?s not about who you are, but who you think you
EPISODE 1: ?THE NEXT BEST STING?
THE POLICE EPS
EPISODE 2: ?FOR THE LOVE OF RUSH? RUSH EPS
EPISODE 3: ?KEEPING THE SPIRIT OF FREDDIE ALIVE?
The first episode, ?The Next Best Sting?,
follows the maniacal and ever-entertaining Miles Copeland,
who managed The Police for 23 years and is the
brother of Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
After witnessing the success of various Police
tribute bands, Copeland decides to cast ?the ultimate Police
tribute band.? We follow him on this journey which
involves a huge casting session in an L.A. studio where he
auditions Stewart?s, Andy?s and Sting?s. Performances
range from the truly awful to the dazzlingly brilliant.
In episode two, ?For The Love of
Rush?, we meet the undeniably obsessive Dave
Cornwall (a.k.a. Spageddy Lee) who has fronted an
Arizona-based Rush tribute band called Freewill
for 13 years and has transformed his home into a Rush
shrine. Mike Deyo in Burlington, Ontario, plays in the Rush
tribute band 2112. Having spent most of his teenage years
living on the streets of Toronto, Mike credits Rush
with inspiring and motivating him to get off the streets.
Mike has also spent the equivalent of a down payment on a
house on his Rush gear, and believes Rush actually saved
his life. The episode also includes interviews with real
Rush?s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
In episode three, Freddie Mercury?s ghost
lives on in pretenders to the crown. ?Keeping The
Spirit of Freddie Alive? trails tribute band
Freddie?s whose lives have been transformed by their
musical hero. In New York, Joe Russo fights to get out of
the seedy club scene with his band Almost Queen.
Canadian Johnny Zatylny moves his Freddie act from Germany
back home. And in Glasgow we meet Gary Mullen and One
Night of Queen, one of the most successful full time Queen
tributes in the world and discover how Freddie radically