A REAL "Multi-Tribute" Entertainment Experience!
This is one rockin' band, fronted by one of the most exciting, entertaining MULTI-TRIBUTE artists working today, Steve Waddington! (As seen on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage!) Acclaimed by audiences and industry professionals alike, this exciting show is a MUST SEE for anyone who is a fan of quality, variety entertainment!
Steve Waddington is widely known and in demand for his spot-on tributes to Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Johnny Rivers, Elvis, Dean Martin, and so much more! And he sounds just like the artists he covers! But, as exacting as his musical impressions are, the emphasis is always on FUN! Fun for EVERYONE...Steve, the band, the venue and, most importantly, the audience!
He is an amazingly talented singer/guitarist with a gift for replicating not only the sound, but the overall "essence" of these iconic entertainers. He does complete stand-alone tribute shows, or combinations of tributes, or, puts it all together into a show that covers everything "From Rat Pack to Rock & Roll", complete with costume changes! His band is comprised of the finest professional musicians in Southern California, many of whom play with the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Being true veterans of casinos, nightclubs, performing arts centers, festivals, private and corporate parties, they know how to make each event a party to remember. It's a concert you can dance to, and a show that will keep you coming back for more, because no two shows are ever the same!
At most performances Steve is joined onstage by the equally amazing Miss SUSAN RITTER, a phenomenal vocalist & guitarist in her own right who brings the hits of Bonnie Raitt, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse and more to this amazing show! She's "June" to Steve's "Johnny" and sings other duets with him as well. (See separate page bio above)
KEYBOARDS/Musical Director: DAVID MOSCOE
He has backed just about anyone who is anyone in entertainment over the last four decades. An accomplished musician-accompanist, he covers it all from jazz to pop, rock to standards! In addition to being one of the most highly sought-after keyboardists in Southern California, he was pianist./MD every Monday night, for almost 30 years, for Skip E. Lowe's Showcase in Beverly Hills, backing every entertainer who appeared. He has countless studio and live performance credits that would over-fill this entire website.
DRUMS: GARY GIBBONS
His drumming can be heard on television and film sound tracks for shows such as “ER”, “The Honeymooners” and “Bob Newhart”—and more recently the film soundtrack for “Kettle of Fish.” Gary has recorded and performed live with hundreds of artists playing jazz, latin, blues, big band, R&B, Broadway shows, rock and pop music styles. He also maintained a steady gig at the Loews Hotel In Santa Monica for 14 years performing with the Daniel May Trio.
BASS: BILL MARKUS
One of the most versatile and in-demand bassists working today. Electric, stand up, jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, soul, standards, great American Songbook, tribute shows, clubs, casuals, corp events, casinos, studio recordings, TV, film, jazz combos, duos, big bands and more. He is another musician who's credits would fill an entire encyclopedia!
LEAD GUITAR: CRAIG STULL
The MASTER guitarist. He plays rock, folk, blues, slide, pop, jazz, country, funk, soul, r&b, contemporary, gospel/worship, big band, show, tribute, originals and more! And he plays it all incredibly well! And he sings! His credits touch on everything from hit studio releases, soundtracks, TV and radio commercials, club and concert dates with some of the biggest names in the industry to small club, church/worship functions, benefits, and he can emulate ANY style to perfection!
RHYTHM GUITARS/VOCALS: STEVE WADDINGTON, SUSAN RITTER
The main performers. See bio page.
Horn Sections and additional backup vocalists are added as needed.
This is one of the most exciting, energetic, dynamic shows to spring from Southern California in a LONG time!
The show can be presented in multiple formats:
Stand-alone tribute shows:
"CLASSIC DIAMOND": Neil's hits, full costume, 30-90 min
"CLASSIC CASH": Johnny's best, full costume, 30-60 min
"CLASSIC DINO": Dean Martin/Rat Pack, Tux, 30-75 min
"Steve Waddington & the Retro-Rockers":
contains excerpts of Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, tributes
PLUS, depending on length of show, these 'sub-sets':
* Johnny Rivers A Go Go (the hits of "Secret Agent Man" Johnny Rivers)
* The Sons of Sun (Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, etc.)
* Juke Box Rocks: (Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, rockabilly, oldies)
* The Hippie-Dippie Sixties (60's rock, Summer of Love)
* The Grab Bag: select songs from Bruce Springsteen, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Isaak. klassic kountry, Lou Reed, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, 70s, 80's 'new wave' (From the Romantics to the Ramones!).
* Plus Susan Ritter sings Bonnie Raitt, Imelda May, Grace Slick, V.V. Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Ann-Margret, Cher and more!
" From Rat Pack to Rock & Roll": excerpts from ALL OF THE ABOVE!
...or any combination of the above shows/tributes!