MEMO Music Hall – Tribute is not a dirty word…

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Tribute is not a dirty word… least not the last weekend in May at MEMO!

The Ultimate Tribute to UK Tribute Bands 25-27 May MEMO Music Hall

The last weekend in May is a back-to-back three-day tribute to Melbourne’s top Brit music Tribute bands – Raw Brit, Leave Your Hat On and Wingspan. Featuring a who’s who of famous Australian bands including The Angels, The Badloves, Skyhooks, Boom Crash Opera, Stars, The Undertow and Rose Tattoo.

Friday night starts the celebrations with one of the most exciting tributes to emerge in recent years Raw Brit. Performing the best of 60s and 70’s British Rock ‘n’ Roll with classics from The Who, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo, Cream, Bad Company and more.

The Ultimate Tribute To Uk Tribute Bands 25-27 May

As adolescents, the four high profile Melbourne musicians of Raw Brit, were heavily influenced by the ‘new’ sound of 60s and 70s British rock. It took them on a journey and lead them to their own successful careers. Now, they come together as a band to perform the songs that would influence a lifetime of artists. Put simply, “they don’t write songs like this anymore”.

Raw Brit is Mick Pealing (Stars, The Ideals, The Spaniards), Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, The Angels), Peter ‘Maz’ Maslen (Boom Crash Opera, The Undertow), John Favaro (The Badloves, The Undertow)

On Saturday 26 March, Leave Your Hat pay 100% respect to that reggae-loving working-class soul man Mr Joe Cocker… that white boy from Sheffield England with more cigarettes and bourbon on his voice than your average black blues singer from Alabama.

Joe died in 2013 and “Leave Your Hat On” formed to honour his memory that year. The band will also be paying tribute to the wonderful late Leon Russell, the Texan New Orleans honky tonker who as well as fantastic piano played a mean Les Paul and wrote George Benson’s biggest hit “Masquerade”. It’s an unmissable combination.

Out front the incredible Rick Evans (The Dymonds) is backed up by a funky 12-piece R&B powerhouse made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians: Piano & MD Andy Burns, guitar Brenden Mason, drums Jeff Barnes, bass Shane Cole, hammond Michelle Johns, backing vocals Kerry Maher, Nardia Rose, Georga Byrne, trombone Tim Blamey trumpet Bryan Chetcuti and sax Jez Blamey.

The Ultimate Tribute To Uk Tribute Bands 25-27 May

On Sunday 27 May at 2pm Wingspan will take you on a magical journey through Paul McCartney’s Hits from his Beatles days, to the formation of Wings. 

Hey Jude, Let It Be, Long and Winding Road, Get Back, USSR, Saw Her Standing and songs from his early solo albums (McCartney and Ram) to the formation of Wings (Band on The Run, Jet, Live and Let Die, Silly Love Songs, Let Em In, Mull of Kintyre and many more).

This is a must see show for Die Hard Wings, Beatles Fans or just genuine music lovers stretching over three generations via the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s.

The Wingspan line up presents the amazing Talents of Chris Doheny: (Vocals, Bass, Piano & Guitar) Geisha and The Voice of the Footy Show. Shaun Gardener: (Guitar & Vocal) 21/20, GMA & Live And Kicking. Alby Stefani: (Keyboards & Guitar and Vocals) Geisha. Paul Monger: (Drums and Marathons) 21/20 & Hollywood Zoo. Pat Carroll: (Guitar, Bass & Vocals) The Voice.

The Ultimate Tribute To Uk Tribute Bands 25-27 May

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Friday 25 and Saturday 26 shows: Doors 7.30pm and show 8.40pm to 11pm with intermission.

Sunday 27 Show: Doors 2pm and show 3-5.30pm with intermission