Formed in 1999 to showcase Van Halen’s David Lee Roth hits, HOT FOR TEACHER has been relentlessly performing throughout the United States, thrilling concert-goers and dedicated fans. HFT brings to the stage everything fans of the world’s greatest party band crave; including the biggest and greatest hits from the Van Hagar era as well. Fans can expect both roaring and melodic lead vocals, Eddie Van Halen’s most stunning guitar solos, thundering bass, massive drums, vocal harmonies… and best of all, one helluva good time!
HOT FOR TEACHER features four explosive performers that are not only among the most talented musicians on the West Coast, but are also dedicated scholars of the Van Halen musical legacy.
With an uncanny knack for channeling both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, singer and bandleader Randy Monroe, belts out Van Halen’s powerful vocal rants and irreverent lyrical sound bites with the same volcanic intensity of the original recordings – all the while conjuring Roth’s none-too-serious, get-all-the-girls-dancing, “F— yeah this is real Jack Daniels” party vibe or “Are we havin’ fun yet?” Sammy Hagar lifestyle. (Fun Fact: as with the band’s name, Monroe is also an award-winning science teacher.)
The ripping, virtuosic guitar parts of Eddie Van Halen as played by 6-string professional, Terry Lauderdale, get even the most finicky Van Halen fans cheering in awe and playing their own air guitars. As a co-founder and veteran of HFT, guitarist and and shred-master Terry, upon “hearing the call of duty” steps in to the “line of fire” with full frontal sonic assault. In 2007, Terry handed over guitar duties to Jude Gold, current guitarist for Jefferson Starship when he stepped down to record and tour Europe with heavy metal powerhouse Heathen and then pursue his own original projects. Rejoining HFT a few years later, it was Terry who truly helped redefine the ultimate Van Halen Experience with the addition of some of the biggest hits from the Sammy Hagar Van Halen era canon. Terry’s commitment helped blend both eras and sounds for the “Best of Both Worlds Show” and he was instrumental in the development of the Van Hagar aspect of the band.
Four-string super hero, Matthew “Brooks” Lundy, not only brings the Michael Anthony thunder on bass, but he also amazingly nails Anthony’s near-inimitable ultra-high vocal harmonies – a crucial sonic element of every Van Halen song.
HFT’s drum genius and perfect meter-man, Eddie Studebaker, evokes Alex Van Halen’s skin-bashing with an authenticity and power you must see to believe. His mind-boggling intro to the band’s theme song, “Hot For Teacher,” is alone worth the price of admission.
No other Van Halen tribute performs the technically complex music of Van Halen better than HOT FOR TEACHER, perhaps that’s why HFT has also been joined onstage by other rock legends Pat Travers, Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), and Joey Alves (Y&T), and has shared the evening’s stage with many greats including Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Peter Frampton, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Nazareth, Great White, Hollywood All-Stars’ Chas West (Bonham/Lynch Mob), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), Jimmi Bain (Dio), Blues Traveler, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Y&T, Night Ranger, Tesla, and countless others!
When HOT FOR TEACHER was invited to perform for Michael Anthony’s bass guitar dedication at San Francisco’s Hard Rock Cafe in 2003, the already frenzied crowd was pushed into sheer delirium when the mighty bassist stepped on stage with HOT FOR TEACHER and ripped through a white-hot set featuring “Unchained”, “Dance the Night Away”, “Panama”’ and countless other Van Halen hits. The band even performed VH II’s “Women In Love” in which afterwards Anthony jovially exclaimed, “Man, I haven’t done that song in twenty years !”
HOT FOR TEACHER was featured in the book, “Everybody Wants Some, the Van Halen Saga” by Ian Christie, FHM magazine, The Contra Costa Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, and other related papers. In 2008, HFT was voted Best Tribute Band in the SF Bay area by the East Bay Express and became the first tribute ever invited to perform at the prestigious NAMM Show (the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim, CA) and is now often an annual part of the event. “Some people go to the party, we ARE the party!”
In 2014, HFT performed a benefit for the wife of Sammy Hagar’s Wabo drummer, David Lauser, aptly named “Liza 2.0”. The band played a full Red Rocker Experience set with David that included Brad Gillis and Josh Ramos on stage.
HOT FOR TEACHER also appears on local performance market television programming including Comcast’s CC Rocks and Reality Check as well as a variety of television advertising commercials. HFT is also a regular on radio stations such as San Francisco’s 107.7 “The Bone”, San Jose’s 98.5 KFOX, and Los Angeles’ KLOS 95.5 (on the syndicated Mark and Brian Show), and in a multitude of other rock radio markets spanning America’s northern and southern borders from Nebraska to Hawaii.
So, if one helluva good ‘ole time is what you’re after, then you ought to come out, shake it, “Jump”, and “Dance the Night Away” to experience the “Best of Both Worlds” with HOT FOR TEACHER, the Van Halen Experience!
*Band Note: Former HFT guitarist Jude Gold, who spent 5 years at the helm as the Director of the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), part of Hollywood’s Musician’s Institute (MI) was tapped to “tour the World” with the legendary Jefferson Starship. Gold is also known for his strong writing abilities as the Los Angeles Editor of Guitar Player magazine, and for touring and recording with BX3, the band in which he played lead guitar for the absolutely over-the-top, rock and jazz star bassists Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth & Mr. Big), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), and Jeff Berlin (Allan Holdsworth – a one-time mentor to EVH). Jude has also been featured with famed Broadway actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, and Piers Morgan.
Also, once selected by Sharon and Ozzy to join the band, before Geezer called for his job back, former HFT bassist and highly versatile musician Aaron Leigh joined California’s iconic Y&T.
|27 Oct 2018||HOT FOR TEACHER||Manteca, CA 133 Club||133 Club||cancelled|
|10 Nov 2018||HOT FOR TEACHER, The Butlers||Redwood City, CA Club Fox||Club Fox||Buy ticket - $16/$18|
|17 Nov 2018||HOT FOR TEACHER||Walnut Creek, CA Retro Junkie||Retro Junkie|
Give it up for HOT FOR TEACHER! Man, these guys f’n Rock!Michael Anthony (Van Halen)
HOT FOR TEACHER is one of the greatest live cover bands that emulates Van Halen “to the t”. With Randy’s fine interpretation of David Lee Roth’s vocals and antics, Jude’s articulate reproduction of Eddie Van Halen’s licks and tone and with Jesse and Ed as the rhythm section from Hell, this bands delivers! A great party, club, corporate or concert act that won’t disappoint and is guaranteed to uplift an audience; plus they’re fun to jam with!Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
HOT FOR TEACHER is the Premiere Tribute Band. True ‘Rock Stars’ that bring back the awesome days of Van Halen with all the showmanship, sound and class. We [Blue Angels] are already planning our next concert. A must see!Commander Russ Campbell (Blue Angels Lockheed C-130 Fat Albert Airlines, aka The Vomit Comet)
Thank you for the wonderful show at Rockin’ the Rivers this year. You guys were a definite crowd pleaser. It was a pleasure to work with you [Randy] and the band. Hopefully we can have you back at Rockin’ the Rivers in the future.Mark Vandolah (President – Rockin’ the Rivers, Three Forks, MT)
The Best David Lee Roth era Tribute Band since… the “real” Van Halen!The Contra Costa Times
Runnin’ with The Devil
Really Got Me
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love
I’m The One
Feel Your Love Tonight
Ice Cream Man
Dance The Night Away
Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Outta Love Again
Light Up The Sky
Women In Love…
And the Cradle Will Rock
Everybody Wants Some
Take Your Whiskey Home
Loss of Control
Could This Be Magic?
Hear About It Later
Push Comes To Shove
So This Is Love
Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
Hang ‘em High
(Oh) Pretty Women
Dancing in the Street
The Full Bug
Drop Dead Legs
Hot For Teacher
Girl Gone Bad
Why Can’t This Be Love?
Best of Both Worlds
Love Comes Walking In
When It’s Love
Feels So Good
Finished What Ya Started
Black and Blue
Top of the World
Can’t Stop Loving You
Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do)