There are artists throughout history who have exerted such a monumental impact upon the lives of their fans that some feel the need to pay homage in ways that reach far beyond the average paltry tributes. No, a tattoo isn't enough, bumper stickers are borderline insulting, and the naming of a first-born child -- the hope here is that you've taken enough time away from your hero worship to seek a mate and procreate -- though these might get you in the ballpark.
However, to re-create an artist's canon for the enjoyment of others, to reach for the zenith of actually assuming the artist's identity, that's the real ticket.
Van Halen, Michael Jackson, different eras of the Beatles -- they've all inspired scores of imitators. Hell, remember Hot Rod, South Florida's own frighteningly realistic Rod Stewart impersonator?
Tribute acts truly are legion these days and, if nothing else, very interesting. Maybe you recall the 2001 film Rock Star featuring Mark Wahlberg. That flick was based on the true story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, a former tribute artist who replaced Rob Halford for a minute in Judas Priest. If you think about it, being in a tribute act is basically just putting yourself on deck for the next opening in your favorite artist's band, right?
Do yourself a favor and check out the Dokken tribute, Made of Metal, at Archie's West on Saturday, September 21, before Don Dokken does the same thing he did to George Lynch and one of the Made of Metal dudes ends up playing with real-life Dokken. To add to that tension, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson acted in Rock Star. The more you know.
Dokken: A Made of Metal Tribute. With Paralysys and Dark Legacy. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Archie's West, 6303 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Entrance is $7. Call 954-721-0020, or visit archieswest.net.