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Ventura, California, United States | INDIE | AFTRA

Ventura, California, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
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Written by Cynthia Mell
There are those that would tell you that Rock and Roll is dead. Who can blame them with all the teen stars and reality TV show contest winners crowding the music charts, occupying spots once held by bands such as Van Halen, Boston and Journey. Rock fans need to not give up hope but to look at the thriving tribute band scene to see that rock and roll isn’t dead but alive and well. On any night in Southern California, in any club or bar you can find bands paying tribute to the bands that have gone before them. Atomic Punks, Lights, Wild Child, just to name a few, are bands out there playing the music that inspired them. They are embracing not only the spirit of their favorite bands but of rock and roll itself. That Rock and Roll spirit was in full force Friday at The Canyon as two talented bands took the stage.
The free and rockin spirit of Queen was captured perfectly by Queen Nation! From the moment the band hit the stage, the crowd was entertained! Singer/Keyboardist Joe Retta struts across the stage, oozing the same energy and sex appeal of Freddy Mercury! He and guitarist Mike McManus play perfectly off of each other! Mc Manus holds his own as he is an exceptional guitarist. His work in “Sheer Heart Attack” and “Under Pressure” prove that he is more than capable of filling the shoes of Brian May. The bands amazing harmonies started out acapella in “Fat Bottom Girls” but it was the driving rhythm of Pete Burke on drums and Parker Combs on bass that had the crowd up and bopping their heads to the beat. Queen Nation has that fun spirit of Queen but when they add their own talents, they form a band that rocks!
Heart Love Alive hit the stage Friday as well, rockin The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills with a spirit all their own. Led by Patricia Morales and Jeannie Austin, Heart Love Alive share their namesakes ability to move between lush ballads and straight ahead rockers with ease. This is due in no small part to the multi-talented band members. Austin plays guitar while sharing lead vocal duties, taking the lead on “These Dreams”, giving it the dreamy feel of the original. Keyboardist Stephen Scarr switches between the keys and guitar with seemingly no effort. However, it’s the charisma and powerful voice of Morales that draws the crowd in. When she lead the band into crowd favorite “Barracuda”, very few people were left in their seats! Another crowd favorite, “Crazy On You” showcased Austin, Scarr and Chad Quist on guitars and with the rhythm section of Richard Graham and Adam Leon, the band delivered the power rocker with the same “balls to the wall” spirit that drove Heart’s debut single and made it one of their signature songs! The crowd, already pumped up after Queen Nation, loved the mix of ballads and rockers and Heart Love Alive had no problem giving the crowd what they want!
If you are one of those that think rock and roll is dead, check out these bands next time they play near you! They are talented, energetic and bring the spirit of rock to each song they play. They both put on a show that will have you waving your fist and lighters in the air just like “back in the day”. You won’t be disappointed





"LOVE ALIVE" established itself in 2003 when L.A based singer Patricia Morales wanted to pay tribute to one of her biggest musical inspirations and to one of the greatest American Rock N Roll Bands to hit a stage, Heart. The Los Angeles based tribute band enjoyed a successful 3 year stint on the hugely popular tribute act circuit.

As changes started to come about within the band and the continued identity crisis with in the music scene in general, Patricia felt more of a pressing conviction to go a step further. Stepping back, she took a long look at what she had built and where to take the band next.

As 2007 rolled around, it was extremely evident that the music industry was littered with Pop throwaway bands, high ticket prices for sequenced computerized concerts, American Idol rejects and bands who's only fame and playing experience came from Youtube or Myspace. The days of real rock bands being together a few years slugging it out on stages night after night to carve out an identity, unique sound, and a kick ass stage showseemed now a distant memory or few and far between.

Morales with a renewed vision and mission wanted to produce a band that aimed to bring back the basics of how these giant acts of the 70's like Heart played and grew organically into one of the most exciting rock acts in history. "LOVE ALIVE" wanted to fully re-create Heart during their heyday from the "inside out". Morales knew this was going to take a lot of work and a special key group of people to catch the vision.

The revamped 2006 lineup has managed to capture this by becoming a real act with in an act. "It's as if "Heart"- stepped on stage mind and soul" in 1977 mode" states Morales.

LOVE ALIVE's aim is to truly step away from being just a well oiled cookie cutter polished re-gurgitation act, with costumes, bad wigs or renditions of the hits. Morales and company dug deep to find out where the bands true individual musical roots laid that included American Blues, Soul, rock and the British mega bands of the late 60's. This also included bringing the bands experimentations, and all to the stage.

Achieving this included a crucial process of getting actual fans to join the band to bring formulate the mindset. With a mixture of experienced Blues/ Rock players and Rock history buffs, they preceded by going over stacks of soundboard concert performances during Heart's heyday from 1975-1985 including many bootleg film sources all the while, dissecting the bands history.

Discovering that Heart never seemed to do anything twice, especially on stage, is what made the music constantly evolve keeping it fresh and something that's missing so much from the polished perfected approach of today's music. Their whole approach was organic and felt.

This is the perfect formula to capture what Heart was aiming for themselves, as Ann, Nancy, Roger, Howard, Steve and Mike stepped on stage to play. Whether it be Heart songs, Zeppelin tunes or playing Earth Wind and Fire. LOVE ALIVE found that tapping that inner groove separates them from the rest while creating that 1975-85 signature sound as if Heart truly stepped into the new millennium and time warped through LOVE ALIVE.

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