Some musicians see becoming a tribute artist or band as a path to success, especially if they are very good at what they do and can look and sound exactly like the original.
On October 27 one such band performed at the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino when Scarab: The Journey Experience performed.
Not only did Scarab perform the music of Journey during the days of Steve Perry; but the band’s lead singer Sean could easily pass for a Steve Perry twin.
One fan, who said that she has seen Journey 20 times, told Sean that Scarab was better than the original.
After opening the show with “Separate Ways”, the band spent over an hour and a half performing hits and less known Journey songs, bantering back and forth about football teams – the band is from Boston -, and freely wandering about the stage as they performed; even making the occasional foray into the audience.
Performing nearly two dozen songs, Scarab played “Escape”, “Feeling that Way”, “Anytime”, “Who’s Crying Now”, “Oh Sherrie”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Only the Young”, “Be Good to Yourself”, “Ask the Lonely”, “Girl Can’t Help it”, “I’ll be Alright Without You”, “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’”, “Stone in Love”, “Just the Same Way”, “Faithfully”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Wheel in the Sky”, and “Anyway You Want it”.
The knowledgeable crowd frequently sang along to the songs.
The set list often featured the various band members with left handed guitar player Brett even playing the Jimi Hendrix Woodstock rendition of the National Anthem and keyboard player Scott playing a medley of tunes that included “New York State of Mind”, “Blueberry Hill”, Piano Man”, and the “Charlie Brown” theme “Linus and Lucy”.
The night ended, as it so often does, all too soon for the fans who were looking for…and hoping…that the night of music would go on for much longer.
As the crowd was leaving the Bear’s Den the sound man had music playing and when a Styx song came on, one fan noted that the night couldn’t be any better.
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