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The Lost Boys

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Houston, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Band Rock Cover Band

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May
24
The Lost Boys @ Private Party in Beaumont

Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, TX

May
26
The Lost Boys @ Wedding private event

Addison, TX

Addison, TX

Jul
04
The Lost Boys @ City of Bellaire

Bellaire, TX

Bellaire, TX

May
18
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Apr
27
The Lost Boys @ Private Party

TX

TX

Apr
19
The Lost Boys @ House of Blues Houston

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Apr
13
The Lost Boys @ The Health Museum

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Mar
17
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Mar
15
The Lost Boys @ House of Blues Houston

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Feb
23
The Lost Boys @ Private Show

TX

TX

Dec
15
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Nov
30
The Lost Boys @ Bourbon Street Sports Bar

Katy, TX

Katy, TX

Nov
03
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Nov
02
The Lost Boys @ Foundation Room Houston

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Oct
27
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Oct
25
The Lost Boys @ City of Bellaire

Bellaire, TX

Bellaire, TX

Sep
29
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Sep
07
The Lost Boys @ Bourbon Street Sports Bar

Katy, TX

Katy, TX

Sep
01
The Lost Boys @ Notsuoh

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Aug
25
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Jul
21
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Jul
19
The Lost Boys @ Deer Park

Deer Park, TX

Deer Park, TX

Jul
04
The Lost Boys @ City of Bellaire

Bellaire, TX

Bellaire, TX

Jun
30
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Jun
23
The Lost Boys @ Hochzeit Hall

Spring, TX

Spring, TX

May
26
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Apr
21
The Lost Boys @ Notsuoh

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Apr
14
The Lost Boys @ BP

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Music

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Edd.

Renee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Personally, I sang before I spoke. I was belting Annie at a very young age making the glass in the China cabinet shake in the living room. Unfortunately, my parents were not very knowledgeable about the business so they didn’t really know what to do for me and my dad’s instinct was to keep me from it as long as he could. However, I went to the Houston high school for performing and visual arts for theatre and I studied classical music and Broadway – so that is my background. I have done a few things at TUTS and I think I will be turning my attention back to musical theater sooner than later, but for now I find 80s music to be more “user-friendly” toward Sopranos.

I got involved with the Lost Boys because I was at my agent to pick up a check when the receptionist said her boyfriend was in an 80s band and they needed a singer. So I went to the audition and I sang Photograph by Def Leppard. Joe Elliot hits an E5 in full on chest so when I did it, I was hired immediately. It was really funny. The band has been performing since 2005.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh, absolutely not. I’m not going to sit here and say if you work hard enough, great things will happen. Ultimately, there’s no form or fashion. It really is hard work meets opportunity and without the opportunity, or sometimes even with, you can come up short.

Unfortunately, Houston is not really a live music-friendly city, in my opinion. If you go somewhere like Nashville or New Orleans or Orlando or even Dallas, there are lots of opportunities either in the tourist trade or just great venues for cover bands. Here, most live cover bands play outside the loop because there are not very many live music venues inside the loop. You also have a lot of bookers that have monopolies with certain bars and most of the bands just play the same exact set list or at least the same kind of songs. Right now it’s like everyone is doing Bruno Mars. We don’t. A lot of times the managers go through the bands’ set list and approve the songs – and the band doesn’t even get a say. Even 80s bands play very similar set lists.

Tribute bands are hurting cover bands, as well. For me, personally, I don’t want to spend an hour and a half singing the same artist trying to look exactly like them and imitate their moves. It’s just not very interesting or creative to me. We are toying with an idea for a tribute side project, but it would not be our bread-and-butter. It’s a lot more fun and a lot more impressive, in my opinion, to have a diverse array of things that you can do.

The Lost Boys have been doing things on our own for years now and have managed to always get great gigs. We make it a point to play things that we enjoy, some of it a bit more obscure, and therefore the audience enjoys it too. Our audiences also spans generations from Boomer to Millennial – which is great for us.

The Lost Boys Band – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What sets us apart is like I said – we like to play more variety of 80s; More obscure stuff. And we are psychotic about sounding exactly like the original recording. We don’t sequence anything; we play everything. Although we are going to experiment with an occasional track here and there just to add fullness to what we are already doing.

For me, I’m just very blessed to have a high range and I imitate. It’s what I do. So I sound like Cindy Lauper when I am singing Cyndi Lauper but I sound like Pat Benatar when I am covering her and I can imitate my idol Steve Perry. My range would not have set us apart maybe 15 years ago. But these days everyone is an alto, everyone is trying to growl and be bluesy and dark and gruff and dirty or just super soulful. If Pat Benatar and Joe Elliot had a child it would be me. I guess, for me, you can walk into any karaoke bar and hear four or five people doing decent renditions of something like Adele or Katy Perry or bluesy dark stuff. But you don’t hear anyone do Ariana Grande or Whitney Houston. I don’t know what the deal is but I feel very blessed. I am currently learning a Mozart aria, getting my operatic coloratura range back in shape, as well as singing with the Bayou City Women’s Chorus as a Soprano 1, and learning new songs for the Lost Boys – including SIA (we like to throw in an occasional modern hit) – that girl can go up in the rafters so I think covering her will set us apart as well.

But the really really cool thing is that every single member of the band can sing. Not just me. So we have all genres covered from The Cure to John Cougar Mellencamp to Simple Minds to… well, you name it. Either me or one of the boys can do it! I love being in a band because I love being a part of something and having people have your back. It’s a cool feeling to be all in it together and it makes us more versatile and that appeals to the audience because truthfully we are all a bit nerdy! We’re not the kind of, like, slick ladies’ man, hard-edged, rough-hewn types. And we don’t have any kind of gimmicks. We don’t wear costumes or any of that. That music speaks for itself. And we just kind of enjoy it. I like to think were more accessible for having less in-your-face personalities

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
That’s tricky. I don’t. Some same imitation. Every time you turn around there’s yet another 80s cover band, so you have to think yourself are they doing it because they think they are better than you or are they doing it because they want to be you? However, they tend to come and go and since we have been here since 2005, I think that is a hallmark of success. Also what kind of venues have you played. We have played Reliant, the Toyota Center and House of Blues… so can’t get much better than that. I would hope peace and having fun playing would be important factors in success too. - Voyage Houston


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The Lost Boys at Pub Fiction - Envy Magazine


Paper: Houston Chronicle
Date: Sun 09/17/2006
Section: Star
Page: 1
Edition: 2 STAR

POP CULTURE / Do the '80s have legs? / The "Me Decade"™ is back, in a totally righteous way

By KRISTIN FINAN
Staff

It starts out innocently enough.

You hear "Come on Eileen" at a bar and download it. You go as Madonna for Halloween.

Before you know it you're on eBay, fighting it out against ``bueller86'' and ``lauperlvr'' for a Members Only jacket and an Atari game, longing for a time when hair was huge and life was simple.

Well, my shoulder-pad-wearing, "St. Elmo's Fire"-watching friend, it's time for you to step out from behind those neon-sided shades and face the world. Because with fall trendsetters all over the '80s like the "Golden Girls" on cheesecake, now is your time to shine.

``I watch VH1's "I Love the '80s" every time it comes on,'' said Sonia Sommars, a 31-year-old massage therapist and lover of all things from the decade. ``I can't bring myself to throw away my old concert T-shirts. And my records, I can't part with those, even though I don't have a record player anymore.''

The '80s resurgence can be attributed to a general cycle that tends to make everything ``vintage'' and ``retro'' a few years after its expiration date.

All around the country people are busting out leggings, bubble skirts and tapered jeans, watching a movie remake of "Miami Vice" and turning out in droves to see '80s cover bands that feature a solid cache of Madonna, Journey and one-hit wonders.

``People get really into it,'' said Mike Hubberd, who plays lead guitar, background and vocals in the Lost Boys, a band that packs Midtown's Pub Fiction every Thursday. ``People show up wearing '80s-hair wigs, the old parachute pants, spandex.''

Whether you were an angsty, Cure-obsessed teen, a Jane Fonda-loving workout freak or a Pound-Puppy-clutching toddler, here's a look back at the fabulously shallow '80s and the ways in which they are being embraced in pop culture today.

Grace Lansangan, a 29-year-old Houston nurse, is not too proud to disclose her personal '80s style secrets: button-covered jean jackets, Hypercolor shirts, banana clips and bad, bad perms.

``This is bringing back some traumatic memories,'' Lansangan said. ``Now I wouldn't be caught dead wearing some of the things I've worn.''

The only girl in a household of three brothers, Lansangan remembers playing with Micro Machines, Garbage Pail Kids and Pogo Balls and watching lots of movies.

Even now she lists "Teen Witch," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Star Wars" among her all-time favorites.

``There's a line in Ferris Bueller's Day Off where he says, `Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,' '' Lansangan said. ``That's something from the '80s you can really live by.''

And don't get her started on "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" or "Pretty in Pink."

``Any John Hughes movies with teen angst,'' she said. ``Those were all totally gnarly.''

Michael D. Craig, an '80s expert and author of four books, including "The Totally Awesome 80s," credits Molly Ringwald with speaking to a generation.

``Molly Ringwald was really the perfect, perfect 1980s girl,'' he said. ``Sweet, innocent, demure, on the geeky side but full of hope for the future.''

Don't forget the TV shows, with their big hair and catchphrases either. (``Who shot J.R.?'')

Think "The Cosby Show," "21 Jump Street," "Growing Pains," "Charles in Charge," "Family Ties," "Dallas" and "Dynasty."

``The fights between Krystle and Alexis on Dynasty,'' Sommars said. ``You can't beat that.''

Not to mention Luke and Laura's wedding in November 1981 on "General Hospital," which, with nearly 30 million viewers, is said to be the most-watched daytime event ever.

``It's funny how people are on an '80s wedding trend these days,'' said Hubberd, adding that the Lost Boys are frequently asked to play private, '80s-themed events. A teen in the '80s, Hubberd said he's not surprised that love for the genre remains.

``I've always felt the '80s are a timeless decade for music,'' he said. ``It was the most melodic era.''

Melodic, and fascinating. Think Boy George, George Michael, Duran Duran and Madonna - all of whom are still making headlines.

Dain Craig, program director and morning-show host at 106.9 the Point, a Houston FM radio station that primarily plays songs from the '80s, said there is continued interest in the decade's tunes because people have an emotional connection to them.

``The music always seems to paint the picture on an emotional level to take people back to a time in their lives that they remember and want to relive,'' Dain Craig said. ``There are a ton of remakes, too. It's retro, there's no question about it.''

Recent examples of artists who have kept the '80s alive in their tunes include Rihanna, who sampled Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" in her hit "SOS"; No - Houston Chronicle


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Sometimes truth is exactly as strange as fiction. For instance: the sight of beautiful people congregating in what appears to be a standard Midtown watering hole. So, what is it that attracts all these postgrad Midtown denizens here? Well, PF has killer happy-hour prices, which might alleviate economic stress for working-class types. Homebodies will appreciate the TVs tuned to sporting events as well as all the comfortable chairs. For the ladies, there are seven delicious martini concoctions (including the chocolate-covered-strawberry) and the sight of some good-looking men in matching J. Crew shirts playing Golden Tee (great butt shots!). For people-watchers there’s a large umbrella-covered patio facing the Spec's across the street. The plot thickens every Thursday night when the Lost Boys cover ´80s hits, rehashing memories that can begin to seem like works of fiction themselves.
- Houston Press


The Lost Boys celebrated their 2-year anniversary of 80s Flashback Thursdays at Pub Fiction in grand style. "Let's hope for two more great years, or maybe even more!"

(media gallery link:
www.envymags.com/entourage.html?uid=b06bf015f5906a90c7c69452d7569ae5) - Envy Magazine (Houston, TX edition)


"Do not miss 80s night
with The Lost Boys on
Thursday nights - these
guys ROCK!"
- 002 Magazine


IN OUR COMMUNITY
The 1980s gave the world some of pop and rock music’s most unforgettable songs. On Thursday, The Lost Boys will take Concerts in the Park series down memory lane churning out hits from Hall and Oates to Def Leppard starting at 7 p.m.

The Lost Boys find their way to the Concerts in the Park stage Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.

The formation of the band began when the members saw the 1980s music movement happening around them. The movement had not yet reached Houston and they knew they had to change that. From there, they formed a band and built their following.

The band consists of lead singer Renee Edd, lead guitarist Michael Lee, keyboardist Andrew Richardson, bassist Nathan Kyle and drummer Tony Rodriguez.

“We’re an 80s tribute band and we’ve been around since 2005. This will actually be our fifth time to play at Concerts in the Park,” said Lee.

The Lost Boys cover a range of well-known 80s artists including Hall and Oates, U2, Journey, ABBA, and more.

“We’re going to be playing a few new songs. There will still be the classics that everyone knows and can sing along to,” he said.

The band has been together for more than a decade. Lee talked about how they were able to stick together throughout the years.

“It comes down to our common love for the music we play. We take a lot of pride in working hard and making it sound as close to the original songs as we can,” he said.

Hard work and diligence helped the band become a major staple in Houston’s night life for four years.

“It was a lot of fun, when we got [to Houston] there really was no 80s movement and we brought it here. We’d play clubs and there would be lines all around the block. It was really a spectacular time. Celebrities came during that time, mostly sports stars, like Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns,” he said.

The band is dedicated to only doing covers of songs and for that reason, the band has never come out with original music. However, the individual members of the band have solo projects outside of the band according to Lee. - Inside DP


Discography

Since we remain mostly a cover band, we only do original material by special request, but with our upcoming solo releases that may change in the future....

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Since 2005, The Lost Boys have taken Texas by storm... setting club records and entertaining the masses with non-stop 80s bliss hits! With each performance, they bring the 80s back to life... covering all the familiar pop hits, glam rock and new wave/punk of the ME Decade-- performing them to perfection just as the original artists did.

The Lost Boys have played every major venue in Houston and were a weekly staple in Houston's Midtown for four years. From NRG Stadium to the Toyota Center to Discovery Green to every major music venue in town - the Lost Boys have left their mark. In 2016, the band opened and closed a show for A Flock of Seagulls. And in 2018, the band took up residency rotation in the celebrated Foundation Room at Houston's House of Blues.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Just ask the audience:

"Awesome show... best concert I've been to in years." ~Ken Lilback, Deer Park, TX

"All our guests told us, ‘That’s the best band we’ve ever heard at a wedding!'"  ~Ross Lapham, Kingwood, TX

“Our sales and customer traffic doubled on nights we brought in ‘The Lost Boys.’”  ~Kristen Powell, bar owner - The Heights, Houston

"Refreshing to see an 80's cover band nailing Ah Ha 'Take On Me,' the Buggles 'Video Killed The Radio Star,' Madonna's 'Like a Prayer,' Roxette's 'The Look' and many others that were great memories of the 80's!" ~George Mangos, Houston, TX

“Totally awesome band and show! They were great…fully accommodating on all requests and delivered exactly the kind of super fun evening we wanted!” ~Cortney Cole Hall, Chairman Emeritus - Pink Door Organization

"Their performances are spot on and passionate. Further, they added to their repertoire in response to our requests. Their pricing is much more fair than the other wedding bands we researched, and we almost certainly got a better show." ~Alec Ross, Development Director - Youth Centers of Israel

"You lit up our hearts and made our souls dance! An awesome and generous band!" ~Houston's 'Light The Night Walk'

Band Bios:

Lead Vocalist Renee Edd sang before she spoke.

She has worked with several popular Houston bands like Primal Funktion, Surrender Dorothy, & Pocket Change. She's also been part of several original pop-rock projects including 'Osiris'. Her original music has been heard on local radio and internet radio.

She's worked with MTV, Rolling Stone, and ABC - New York. Her other gigs include directing and producing award-winning film, commercials, corporate video projects and coaching acting for film.

With her operatic and Broadway training, the only thing she can't sing is Death Metal... oh, well. We all have our limitations.

Guitarist Michael Lee was born in San Antonio, Texas & weened on hard rock and heavy metal... Favorite influences were Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC/DC, Styx, Night Ranger, and Def Leppard. The 80s bug bit him hard-- and has since never let go...

A champion of the stage, he studied acting and theatre in London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. But graduating with a degree in Advertising, he went on to film and video pursuits.

As a television writer, editor, and Emmy-nominated producer, he's produced "The E! True Hollywood Story," "TV Tales," "Rank," "Fashion Emergency" and "Wild On" for E! Networks, "Texas Justice" for Fox, and locally, "The Debra Duncan Show" for ABC/Buena Vista Television. And a host of sports events and travelogues for national cable networks...

And Mike has done his part professionally to keep the 80s alive. Producing a special "Back To The Eighties" tribute in 2002, he brought the original band, Berlin, to Houston to perform on the show. (Hey, where do you think "Bands Reunited" got their inspiration?) And in 1999, he co-produced the reunion concert of The Go-Go's live from NYC. (yes, Belinda Carlisle fell in love with him... how could she resist?)

In 2003, after returning from another TV stint in LA, he formed The Lost Boys to bring the "80s Retro Wave" of West Hollywood back east to the Bayou City. The band represents an opportunity to return to his musical roots while remaining at home in the entertainment spotlight.

Keyboardist Andrew Richardson oozes Nashville pride. Not only did he pick up a degree in music from Belmont University in Music City, but he also played in a country-blues band there for five years ("uh, stick with us kid... you'll go places.") And, he hung out with the beautiful daughters of Mr. Monday Night Football, Hank Williams, Jr. (Yes, Holly Williams!)

When this group gets together-- the talent really flows! And everyone has a rockin' good time.
So, what are you waiting for? GET LOST with us!









Band Members