Season 4 of AXS TV's World's Greatest Tribute Bands begins Tuesday September 9th and once again broadcasting LIVE from the world famous Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. The phenomenal succes of this TV show can be traced right to it's host, Katie Daryl. With tribute acts such as Britain's Finest – The Ultimate Beatles Experience to Kenny Metcalf's Elton – The early Years, the premier Elton John tribute band this ultimate stage showcasing the best of the best of tribute bands across the country is ready to introduce it's viewers to another fresh season line up of music that is sure to satisfy music lovers far and wide.
I caught up with Katie recently as she prepares for the season 4 premier and asked a few questions about the show, it's first 3 seasons and her hopes for season 4.
SalG) - What's been your take on the past 3 seasons...any special moments?
Katie) - We've done 38 episodes over the past 3 seasons and I still feel like a proud parent unable to pick a favorite "kid". But I will say we've had some really special moments like when the LA KISS dancers joined our KISS tribute on stage and when Cory Feldman showed up with his Paul McCartney autographed jacket to see Wings Bands. I also thought it was very rad when True 2 Crue blew their amp on live TV during the song Live Wire, it felt very rock n roll! Oh, and featuring The Nirvana Experience on the weekend of the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, there was a vibe in the room that night that really gave people goose bumps.
SalG) - How are bands selected for the show? The best reaction from a band when they were notified they would be on the show?
Katie) - A lot goes into selecting the bands for The World's Greatest Tribute Bands. First and foremost they have to look and sound great. Then I take a look at their references, social media following, geography and overall balance within the season line up. And truly, my number one priority is making sure the bands fit with the musical vision of AXS TV. It's always so much fun to call a band and tell them they have officially been selected to be on the show. Funny thing is most of them get the call from me while they are at their day jobs so they have to play it really cool and whisper their excitement!
SalG) - How excited are you for season 4?
Katie) - Season 4 is a really big deal to me, it's one thing to feel the support of AXS TV but to see and feel the fan support grow exponentially up top this point is amazing! I think the line up this season is very diverse and can really please a wide range of music lovers, it's cool to book and plan such a fun season and now get to watch it go live.
And just so you can get a handle on this seasons line up, here is a sample of the tribute acts that will appear on your living room flat screens courtesy of AXS TV and host Katie Daryl:
Pyromania – A Tribute to Deaf Leppard
Fortunate Son – A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dog & Butterfly – A Tribute to Heart
Fan Halen – A Tribute to Van Halen
Blond Day – A Tribute to Blondie
and on and on...
Season 4 of The World's Greatest Tribute Bands premiers Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT with Justin Sandor and his tribute to Elvis. If you live in Los Angeles you can see the show LIVE and for FREE. Get tickets here: http://bit.ly/1bgq5A4