Journey tribute band performs at Sandbar in West Vail Friday
Vail, CO Colorado
When the first strains of power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” come on at a karaoke bar, it’s impossible to deny the popularity of ’70s band Journey and its (arguably) greatest hit. Some people cheer, others do the head bob and smile. Everyone sings. There’s a reason after all that it’s the top selling song in iTunes history. Lights, a Journey tribute band – don’t call ’em a cover band – will get heads bobbing at the Sandbar in West Vail tonight. The Denver based band will headline the 103.5 FM Halloween Ball at the Grizzly Rose in Denver Saturday night, but you’ll have a chance to see them –and sing along with them – here in Vail first. Lead singer Ted Fiorino took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
1. Vail Daily: Why Journey? how did you pick that specific band?
Ted Fiorino: After performing and recording in years past people always commented that I sounded like Steve Perry. I always loved the music of Journey and plus my guitarist Cody Zane is unbelievable at emmulating Neal Schon like you would not believe. As well as my bass player, Kelly Watson, who flawlessly pulls off Greg Rolie on vocals. Eddie Gion is our keyboardist, it is just an honor to have Eddie in the band and a remarkable talent.
Rob Harris, my drummer, who also plays in my original projects, I believe turns into Steve Smith. I swear he is awesome as well. I am blessed.
2. VD: How did you pick the name ‘Lights’?
TF: The band Journey has a song named “Lights” and I thought it would make a great name for the band. We’ve been using the name since 2004.
3. VD: Do you consider yourselves a tribute band or a cover band and is there a difference? If so, what is the difference?
TF: Yes we are a tribute band. I believe a cover band traditionally plays songs from many different artists and a tribute band typically would perform songs from just one artist such as Journey.
4. VD: What do your crowds look like?
TF: The crowds have looked and been great. Journey has touched people from ages all over the spectrum. So at some of our shows, such as festivals, we have young kids singing along and when we perform over-21 shows, the ages of the of the crowd range anywhere from 21 to I would say over 60. It is always just an amazing amount of fun at the shows.
5. VD: Have you performed in Vail before?
TF: I currently also sing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and have for the past 14 years, so yes we used to perform in beautiful Vail every year. As far as Lights goes, this will be the band’s first time perfoming in Vail.
6. VD: Do you guys ever write your own music, or add in a song or two of your own to your sets?
TF: I also play in two of my own original projects. At this time I have kept them seperate from Lights, but that could change in the future. I did throw a couple of original songs in when we headlined Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs.
7. VD: Do you ever get sick of playing Don’t Stop Believin’?
TF: When I see national acts, such as one hit wonders, sure everybody wonders ‘boy don’t you get sick of singing the same song over and over again for years?’ So far, with all of the Journey songs, they have been a blast. I love singing the songs and I love the crowds. So come out and see us. It is going to be a great show.