Two of the top tribute bands in the Southwest, Guns 4 Roses and Blizzard of Ozz, will be returning to the House of Blues on Friday, August 23rd. Both of these bands put on over the top shows, providing music fans with a true rock concert experience.
Blizzard of Ozz pays tribute to Ozzy Osborne, widely known as the singer for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. If you were not able to make it to the Black Sabbath concert in Austin a few weeks ago, you definitely do not want to miss the Blizzard of Ozz. It is easy to forget when listening to this band that it is not in fact the real thing. They are that good. Formed in 2005, this band plays every song perfectly. Band members are Robert (Shame) Fortier, who does a fantastic job of portraying Ozzy, along with Chris Herrage (guitar), Gus Gustafson (bass), and Scott Stout (drums). Some of the songs that you can expect to hear are Shot in the Dark, Crazy Train, I Don't Know, Mr. Crowley, War Pigs, and Bark at the Moon. Every time I hear Blizzard of Ozz do War Pigs, it gives me the chills. You have got to experience this, and you will understand. This band is awesome!
Headliner of the night, Guns 4 Roses, is a tribute to the band Guns N' Roses. This band puts on an amazing show, going to extremes when it comes to details, which leads you to feel after seeing Guns 4 Roses as if you had just witnessed an actual live Guns N' Roses performance. This is even more amazing when you consider the ticket prices. Tickets for this show are $15, much more reasonable than the $200+ tickets for a recent Guns N' Roses concert at this same venue. Members of this band are Jason Ferchaud (Izzy Axle?), Eamonn Gallagher (Izzy Slash?), David Semans (Izzy Izzy?), Chris Bender (Izzy Duff?), and Martin Turney (Izzy Adler?). Guns 4 Roses has performed all over the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Central America, playing for crowds of Guns N' Roses fans as large as 26,000. They have shared the stage with Vince Neil from Motley Crue and Bret Michaels from Poison. More than just a Guns N' Roses tribute band, Guns 4 Roses has been selected as the World's Greatest Guns N' Roses Tribute Band by AXS TV. Guns 4 Roses performed at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood on August 5th, where the show was broadcast live nationwide on AXSTV. Besides the House of Blues, Guns 4 Roses is scheduled soon to play at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at the Classic Rock Fest in Monterrey, Mexico.
The House of Blues is located in the White Swan Building at 2200 N. Lamar. Tickets are priced at $12.50 in advance, and $15 the day of the show. Doors open at 7:30 P.m., with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. This is an all ages show. Hope to see you there!