Colo. lawmakers want to can music impostors |

Colo. lawmakers want to can music impostors

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Lawmakers are working on a bill to pull the plug on music impostors at live performances, saying ticket-buyers should be getting the real “ding-a-dong-ding.”

John “Bowzer” Bauman, formerly of the rock ‘n’ roll band Sha Na Na, said Monday that Colorado is a hotbed for fake bands, depriving real performers like him of their livelihoods and reputations.

Rep. Jim Riesberg, D-Greeley, wants to require an authentic member of the original recording group to appear in any live concert using the group’s name. Under Riesberg’s bill, anything else would have to be billed as a salute or tribute.

“Many fans plunk down their hard-earned entertainment dollars to see their favorite bands ” groups like the Platters, the Coasters and the Drifters ” only to discover they are supporting an impostor group,” he said.

Riesberg’s measure (House Bill 1196) calls for a $15,000 fine for each violation.

A separate proposal before the Senate would make selling bootleg recordings a felony if it involves more than 100 recordings or if it’s a repeat violation.

It requires authorities to confiscate bootleg recordings and the equipment used to manufacture them.

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