Hair Guitar and PUMP
at Normandie Casino - Gardena
By Brian Walker
When the curtain at the Normandie Casino
pulled open and the
sounds of Quiet Riot’s Metal Health began playing, I was instantly transported
back to the Sunset Strip, circa 1983. In fact, what I was witnessing was the
Ultimate 80’s hair band tribute, Hair
Guitar, and I stayed in that era for a 90+ minutes
virtual tour of the classic 80’s music that I grew up with, played to perfection
by these veterans of that music era.
Lead by Stu Simone, this group of 5 guys PERFECTLY re-created some of the truly
classic 80’s metal songs. From “Round and Round” by Ratt, to Motley Crue’s
“Smokin’ in the Boys Room”, Hair Guitar nailed every solo, every riff, every
head banging chorus, and every heart pounding drum solo to perfection, working
this huge stage and give the fans exactly what they wanted: A One-Way trip to
Hair Band Heaven! They were on their feet, dancing, hands in the air and singing
along as each classic song took them back a little bit more to the time when
Metal ruled the world.
Dipping into their experience as members of Journey Tribute bands, they played
“Stone In Love” and then jumped right to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and
followed that with Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”. With each transition, every
member of the band took turns sharing the vocal and lead guitar duties giving
the large crowd something to cheer about AND sing along to the WHOLE night long!
With more trips in variety from Eddie Van Halen’s famous “Eruption” to Sister
Christian’s “Rock in America” to Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”, they showed their
musical talents AND sense of humor with jokes (Including an Official Hair Spray
Girl) and just PURE entertainment! Pulling from his experience as the keyboard
player for Poison in 1999 and 2000, Stu took us through a melody of Poison’s
greatest hits; “Every Rose has its Thorn”, “Unskinny Bop” and “Talk Dirty to
Finishing off the night with Kiss’ world famous Rock and Roll All Night, that
trip to the glory day of Rock and Roll was complete, thanks to the 5 talented
guys in Hair Guitar. If you truly miss that day of wild spandex pants and teased
up rock and roll blonde hair, Don’t miss Hair Guitar!! Just make sure to be
ready to ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT!!!
Opening the show was PUMP,
the Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute Band. From the moment the curtain pulled back,
Pump kicked some MAJOR ass at the Normandie Casino to a great crowd that was So
ready to ROCK AND ROLL!!!
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