Formed in Guns N' Roses' old stomping ground of West Hollywood, California, Paradise Kitty strives to not only follow in GNR's hard-rocking footsteps, but also carry on the good-humored nature of other women-only cover bands with
"Early on, someone wanted to call it Huns N’ Roses. I immediately
Rine says when forming the band, she sought not necessarily women who could imitate Axl and gang, but those who could capture their spirit. "When covering GNR, it’s important to cop the correct feel of each player," she adds. "That is pivotal to the Guns sound. Some tribute bands go to great lengths to look like the band they’re covering, and that really works for them. We instead focus that energy on playing the songs right and just being ourselves onstage." To create that formula, she snagged Jenna Syde on vocals, Nikki Stevens on bass, and guitarists Britt Lightning Denaro and Hisako Ozawa. "We have a blast in the process, and people seem to dig it."
It's a combination that has allowed them to not only travel the world, but also to capture the attention of their muses: the actual members of Guns N' Roses. "Yes, most of them [know us]," Rine says. "They dig it." Syde adds, "As a matter of fact, [keyboardist] Dizzy Reed invites us out frequently to play shows with his side band."
South Floridians will have an opportunity to hear Paradise Kitty purr out hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Patience" February 17 at Cash Only in Fort Lauderdale.
"We bring a party that has a little something for everyone," Rine promises. "People always tell me how much fun they had with the Kitties."
When it comes to a night of live music, Syde says, you really can't go wrong with "five badass babes blaring out your favorite GNR tunes."
Paradise Kitty: Guns N' Roses Tribute. 9 p.m. Saturday, February 17, at Cash Only, 15 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-299-3295; cashonlybar.com. Tickets cost $5 via eventbrite.com.