Wednesday night I was led down a dark corridor to an unassuming door with a massive lock. Nestled away in the Warehouse District of Northwest Portland, I was about to be allowed into the inner sanctum of where The World’s Greatest Tribute Band, Appetite for Deception, hunkers down for rehearsal. One by one, they filtered in. I posted up in a corner feeling like I’d just been given access to the Batcave. And why shouldn’t I? After all, this is where five guys gather to transform into their alter-egos. This is where they hammer out the finer points of the numbers they play onstage that come across with a level of perfection that leave fans begging for more.
The night got even better when I was made privy to a song they are working on for future shows. After vowing to keep their secret (“so f***ing cool” is all I kept thinking as I listened to this song being rehearsed), I watched as the members of Appetite discussed certain nuances of the song that needed to be improved in between run-throughs. No matter what direction the suggestion or critique came from, no matter who it was directed at, there was no hard feelings or signs that any of them were unhappy being told where they might not have absolutely nailed it. This is just one reason that this band is the Gold Standard of the Tribute Band scene.
My purpose there was to interview this band for my upcoming book, TRIBUTE (available now for pre-order in Kindle form, release date July 16th). I was hoping to throw out a few questions and maybe come away with enough material to assemble a good chapter where this band shares some tips and ideas on how to have a better chance at success in the Tribute Band scene. If I was lucky, maybe a few fun anecdotes about their lives as performers. By the time I left, I had enough good stuff to do an entire book on just this band. (Who knows…I’ve already turned one Tribute Band into an evil biker gang rampaging through the zombie apocalypse, you never can tell what I will write next.)
Besides being amazing hosts and really setting aside some serious quality time for me, they were just an amazing group to talk with. They are all so diverse in their personalities, and through that they have found a way to create magic by utilizing their differences, strengths, and desire. If you have not seen these guys…