You’ve given us some of the highlights of your career...any “lowlights?” Some struggling artists out there might be encouraged to know you’ve had some struggles also.
WELL, I remember working as a construction worker, a shipper in a chemical plant, selling oil paintings door to door, selling shoes, selling water filters, mowing lawns --playing in 20 different bar bands, doing a single act in restaurants with a guitar a keyboard and a computer.
Please, that's enough, I need to lie down!!
Compliments you’ve received?
Sometimes the most cherished compliments come from fellow workers, people I admire and I'm just thrilled to be in a show with. People who are as good as the originals, sometimes even better.
Now that may sound ridiculous to some, but the way the music "business" works isn't always that talent gets rewarded. I've worked with people who should have been huge stars but, for one reason or another, luck or opportunity just missed them. And now they're pretending to be someone else -- oops, sorry -- I mean impersonating celebrities for a living. But it really is pretending -- musical acting. That’s why they call it play, right? It’s possible to be extremely talented and still not be famous, or rich. “But if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need.” (Thanks, Mick!)
What makes a good tribute artist?
Someone who is believable and entertaining -- charisma , eye contact, posture, timing and delivery. And the guts to get up on stage even when the audience doesn't give a damn. Turn that crowd around, and then you've done something! The real artists go out on stage and do what ever they want and the crowd is thrilled because it's the real guy. Being an impersonator is harder. We have to do what people remember or expect -- otherwise, we're no good. By the way, this means no surprises. Boring! The trick is to re-create the icon and add your own twist. Not all impersonators will agree with that -- but it's my view.
And finally -- any advice for aspiring musicians/singers/tribute artists?