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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 are.

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? QUEEN EPS

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 transformed him.