Added on 21-Oct-2007
A new TV documentary on tribute bands will air on the E! channel in Canada over the next several weeks. It's a four-part series, the second of which will focus on RUSH tribute bands.
Narrated by Toronto native and "Rockstar: INXS" finalist Suzie McNeil, each one-hour episode of "Tribute Bands" follows a tribute band paying homage to THE POLICE, RUSH, QUEEN and THE TRAGICALLY HIP.
From CanWest MediaWorks and Executive Producers Allison Grace and Michelle Metivier, this four-part documentary makes its television debut Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning October 21 on E!
By day they work in law offices, hospitals and factories; by night, they morph into Sting, Geddy Lee, Freddie Mercury and Gord Downie. Virtually every major rock band has spawned a tribute group. "Tribute Bands" features interviews with artists and industry veterans including Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of RUSH, the former manager of THE POLICE Miles Copeland and Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury's longtime personal assistant.
In "For The Love of Rush", viewers meet the obsessive Dave Cornwall (a.k.a. Spageddy Lee) who fronts an Arizona-based RUSH tribute band called FREEWILL. "Tribute Bands" also connects with other groups trying to emulate one of the most technically proficient bands in the world.
"Keeping The Spirit of Freddie Alive" trails Joe Russo's fight to escape New York's seedy club scene with ALMOST QUEEN, and Scotland's Gary Mullen who has made a considerable fortune fronting ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN.