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Bon Jovi tribute band performing at Halloween bash
Gary Wood has made a living out of impersonating famous rock and roll stars and hopes his success continues with the formation of his new band called Wild in the Streets – which pays tribute to the popular American band Bon Jovi.
Wild in the Streets is the name of one of Bon Jovi’s earliest hits from the 1980s.
Wood and his bandmates from Vancouver will be performing a Halloween benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sonora Community Centre.
With the show being so close to Halloween, Wood is promoting the event as the first annual Retro Rock’N Roll Halloween Party in Osoyoos.
“I made a living as an Ozzy Osborne impersonator for more than 17 years and enjoyed that thoroughly before taking a break,” said Wood, who moved to live in Osoyoos one year ago. “I wanted to get back into the music business, so I started looking at forming a Bon Jovi tribute band. We play our first gig in Vancouver the night before we play in Osoyoos and I’m really looking forward to it. Bon Jovi has remained popular for all these years because their music is very positive and I’ve wanted to form a tribute band for some time now and I’m really looking forward to this.”
Wood has been travelling back and forth between Osoyoos and Vancouver to rehearse for the upcoming shows and he’s really excited about stepping back on stage after being away from the music business for some time.
Wild in the Streets do more than just play the music and hits of one of America’s most popular bands from the past 25 years, said Wood.
“We dress up in full costume from the early days of Bon Jovi when they all had the big hair,” he said. “All four guys who have joined the band are also singers so we have great harmonies just like Bon Jovi always has.
“The first half of the show is dedicated to the early days of the band and we have the wigs and costumes to match that period. Then we have a full costume change and play the material for the latter part of their career.”
The band Radio Lifeline from Kelowna will open the show.
A video crew hired by Wood will be in Osoyoos for the concert so he and his new band can film a promotional video, he said.
Those attending are being asked to dress up in their favourite Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, with prizes of $100, $50 and $25 up for grabs.
Tickets for the show are $25 and everyone attending will get a free T-shirt. Some of the proceeds will go to the Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, which assists the less fortunate in New Jersey.
Tickets are now on sale at Elvis Fine Jewelers, Beyond Beauty, Kick Start Printing, Jojo’s Cafe, Mike’s Barber Shop, The Elegant Dog, Vengeance Fitness, 360 Fitness and Westminister Equipment Rentals.