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Stash – Slash Tribute Band – Rhodes Arts Centre

The second tribute band I have been to see at the Rhodes Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford was Stash – A tribute to Slash, and the numerous groups he has been in over the years – Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Slash’s Snakepit.

I went with a friend, also the fellow guitarist in my band, hoping to have a look at some decent guitar playing, however we arrived to find the Centre pratically empty. There were probably 50 people there, at the most, so we had limited expectations for the evening.

The band began as Guns N’ Roses, the idea being that Stash was the central figure, whilst the other band members morphed into the members of the different bands. They rolled through their greatest hits, songs such as November Rain, You Could Be Mine, Knockin on Heaven’s Door and Sweet Child O’ Mine – and they were fantastic!  Stash’s guitar playing was note perfect, and the singer, who interestingly renamed himself Xl Hose was great aswell. He sounded just like Axl, and he even came complete with pants, bandanna and kilt! The rest of the band were pretty impressive aswell. About half way through the set, there was a duelling session between the rhythm guitarist and Stash, showing that rhythm guitarists often have a lot more skill and talent than they are shown to possess.

Next the band switched to Slash’s Snakepit – I had never really listened to them before, but to me, it sounded very similar to Guns N’ Roses.

Finally, the band morphed into Velvet Revolver, playing a selection of hits from Contraband, including Slither, which was great!

It was a great show, and I felt sorry for the band at the end of the night – they deserve a much bigger turnout than what they were receiving. It just went to support my theory that tribute bands are a great alternative to the real thing. If you live in the Bishop’s Stortford area, and you see that Stash is performing, be sure to check him out, it  will be money well spent!

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Us4//U2 – U2 Tribute Band

Earlier this year, I went down to The Rhodes Arts Centre, our local venue for small bands in Bishop’s Stortford. We had won tickets in the Observer to go and see Us4//U2, a U2 Tribute band. I went with my Dad, who had seen U2 live at Wembley a few years ago, and we were interested to see whether they would be ‘even better than the real thing!’

The band came onstage and we were shocked by just how much effort had gone into not just sounding like U2, but looking and acting like them. Edge, obviously with his hat on, was doing his signature foot-tapping, and his guitar playing was note perfect. Bono himself was energetic, running around stage, and shouting to us in his mock irish accent. He looked, and sounded, just like the real thing!

The band rolled through a series of hits, including Vertigo, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride, Beautiful Day, With or Without You, and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, as well as the one, and only hit, Get On Your Boots, from the less-than-impressive new album, ‘No Line On the Horizon.’

We left with smiles on our faces, as Us4//U2 were a great find! In my opinion, tribute bands are underrated. These bands dedicate their careers to sounding just like their heroes, so if you cannot afford to see your favourite band live, just have a look for a local tribute band. The crowds may not be as big, and neither will the atmosphere, but look at it this way – at least you’ll get a better view!

Check out Us4//U2 here:   http://www.us4.org.uk/home.html

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