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 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. 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!
Special guest SUSAN RITTER
At most performances Steve is joined onstage by the equally amazing 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.
"You have a beautiful voice! You sound so much like my son! You even look like him! I LOVED your show!"
--Neil Diamond's mother, Rose (98 years young and rocking!)
"You actually HONOR my father and his music! You are a TRUE tribute!"
---Deana Martin (Dean Martin's daughter)
"It blows us away how much you sound like Neil. Amazing!"
--Neil Diamond's horn section @ JAX
"The absolute BEST!! You sound more like Johnny Cash than J.R. did at times!" (J.R. was Johnny Cash's birth name)
--Johnny Cash's California relatives @ Simi Valley
"The most entertaining band with the best singers I've EVER seen"
--Jill Rockow (Special EFX)
"I've been booking the top talent in So Cal for 40 years at my various venues, and Steve is, without a doubt, one of the finest entertainers I have EVER worked with"
--Tom Monteleone, Barone's
Countless hours are spent learning to not only replicate, but interpret, and in some cases update, the original arrangements by the original artists. In many cases, the original artists themselves have made changes to their own arrangements to accommodate their live shows, studio performances and recordings. Steve and his band select the "best of" in all instances, providing their audiences with the freshest, yet most memorable versions of their favorite songs...a sort of hybrid of the original recordings and best concert performances.
KEYBOARDS /Musical Director: DAVID MOSCOE
DRUMS: GARY GIBBONS
BASS: BILL MARKUS
LEAD GUITAR: CRAIG STULL
RHYTHM GUITARS: STEVE WADDINGTON, SUSAN RITTER
Horn Sections and additional backup vocalists can be added as needed.
These musicians and entertainers, together as well as individually, have decades of experience in a wide variety of venues and events including: casinos, festivals, hotels, showrooms, corporate events, performing arts centers, theatres, night clubs, lounges, T.V, radio, film, commercials, recording studios, private parties, weddings, and more.
Shows offered as stand alone tributes:
*Johnny Cash Tribute Show: tribute to Johnny Cash 15-90 min
*Neil Diamond Tribute Show: tribute to Neil Diamond 15-90 min
*Dean Martin Tribute: Dino Tribute/Rat Pack era songs 15-90 min
*Steve Waddington & the Retro Rockers: excerpts from all of the
above (except Dino/Rat Pack) and including sub sets such as:
Johnny Rivers A Go-Go: re-creation of Johnny Rivers @ the Whiskey
The Sons of Sun : Carl Perkins, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cash, etc)
and classic Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Eddie Cochran, Bruce
Springsteen, Glen Campbell, Ramones, Romantics, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s,
Susan sings Bonnie Raitt, Imelda May, Grace Slick, 30 min-full night)
*From Rat Pack to Rock & Roll : any/all of the above shows 30-full night)
Or 'mix & match' combos of ANY of the above shows.
Acclaimed by audiences and industry professionals alike, this show "...is a "MUST SEE" for anyone who loves quality, variety entertainment, and for those who appreciate watching the top professionals in their field ply their trade! Truly exceptional!"