Top tribute bands in the world come to television

Who knew? The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands just kicked off its seventh season earlier this month. Since the show first aired in early 2013, host Katie Daryl has clocked in somewhere around 77 episodes. Broadcast live each week on AXS TV from the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, this season features bands that play the music of legendary rock stars including David Bowie, Pat Benatar, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Seger, amongst others.

Paying tribute to Bob Seger, Turn the Page is scheduled to appear on October 19, and with music man Sam Morrison at the helm, the band is sure to give everyone the best “Hollywood Nights” imaginable.

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Why a tribute band

When Sam Morrison started his band in 2000, it was intended to be a southern rock band. However, at the time, tribute bands as a whole were having a surge. So when Morrison and the rest of the band made the decision to include a couple of Bob Seger songs in their lineup, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, the group began moving in that direction.

Later, at the suggestion of producer Michael Vail Blum, the band made recordings of Seger hits for release on ITUNES. (Bob Seger’s own recordings were not available on that outlet back then.) Over time, Turn The Page would go on to sell more than 750,000 downloads from their tribute repertoire, further solidifying them as a tribute band favorite. Add to this Seger’s limited concert appearances, plus an enthusiastic Seger fan base, and Turn the Page’s continued success has become a shoo-in.

What the fans say

A tribute band’s success is not solely determined by how perfectly the group can re-create the music of the master musicians. A lot has to do with the audiences who attend the concerts. Last month when Turn the Page took to the stage at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Casino, Rory and Loretta Simmons, of Phoenix Arizona, came to show their support. Three years ago, Rory became a diehard fan and has since attended concerts throughout the southwest.

“We came to see the band,” he enthuses.

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“They totally, 100% are duplicating Bob Seger!” But Simmons’ admiration goes beyond the music, because he says Morrison and the rest of the band are always gracious to their fans and never hesitate to show their appreciation.

A little about Bob Seger

After more than 50 years in the business of making music, Bob Seger’s albums have sold more than 50 million copies. A rocker from the Detroit area, Seger, 71, started his music career while still in high school; yet even after his debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" in 1969, it would be a long haul for the musician-singer-songwriter.

His song “Turn the Page” documents this journey quite clearly.

So, what does it take to be the recipient of Billboard’s Legend of Live Award (2015), be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2012), be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and be loved and revered by thousands and thousands and thousands of people all around the world? .

Who’s who in Turn the Page

Seger’s music is the mainstay of this tribute band, no doubt. Yet, in order to be a successful tribute band, everyone involved has to be on the same page; namely, everyone has to be talented, dedicated and visionary.

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So it is with Morrison (Vocals, Guitars), Bart Robley (Drums), Greg Kasparian (Bass Guitar), Karl Sanger (Saxophone), Steven Cenker (Guitars), Doreen Novotny (Vocals) and Walt Thompson (Keyboards). As they pay tribute to Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, these musicians are keeping “Old Time Rock and Roll” alive and making sure audiences have a rollicking good time, to boot.

Turn the Page will appear on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 7 p.m., at Whisky A Go Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069. Free tickets for “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” are available at Eventbrite.