By Guitars 101 http://www.guitars101.com/

Well I’m never one to pimp a band (lying my ass off!) so I wont start here.

Actually I wanna talk about my favorite Van Halen Tribute group Hot For Teacher, and it’s guitarist and my good friend Terry Lauderdale. I recently received a copy of them live at Slims and I must say it’s one of the best performances I’ve seen in awhile. Who would have thought that the first time I ever heard the song Dirty Movies live would have been thru a tribute band, and not the actual band Van Halen.

Of course you can’t have a VH tribute band without having a kick ass axe slinger and that’s where Terry comes in. But I’d be lying if I said that he’s the lone star of the group. If these guys were a team then everyone of them would be an all star player, because that’s how much skill each of them bring to the table. Led by, Randy Monroe on lead vocals, this band kicks more ass then great hockey enforcer, Bob Probert. Randy brings to the table the signature high screams of the great DLR, not to mention the swagger and attitude to go with it. A school teacher as well the man always takes time to promote public education, and he needs to be lauded for his efforts. Terry in my opinion is one of the best guitarists in the world. Now he may not like me sayin’ that, but it’s just the way it is in my book. The guy plays with more passion and fire then any guitarist in any of these nu-metal bands today. His style would have to be a mix of, EVH, Randy Rhoades, Satriani, Vai, and Malmsteen. A good guitarist is nothing without a bad assed rhythm section and that’s where, Jimmi Ward and Larry Howe come in. Jimmi and Larry’s goal in life is one thing. To rock your fucking socks off! Watch out James Lomenzo and Ray Luzier, cause these guys can bring it with the best of em.

The performance at Slims was a delight to watch as I watched them go thru VH classics like: Runnin’ With The Devil, Jump, Eruption, You Really Got Me, Dirty Movies, Panama, and many more. To quote David Lee Roth, “The hits just keep on coming!” These guys churn out song after song of blistering hot Van Halen, and leave you dyin’ for more.

Another jaw dropping performance had Van Halen’s legendary bassist, Michael Anthony join HFT on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francisco. Mike got up there with the boys and rocked out too: Panama, Women In Love, Mean Street, I’m The One, Outta Love Again, Dance The Night Away, Unchained, and Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love. The highlight of the performance came right after Women In Love. Mikey came to the mic and said gleefully, “Man, I haven’t performed that one in 20 fuckin’ years!” That led to a hand of applause from the crowd, and then the head banging continued soon after. Watching Mikey on stage during VH’s hiatus was truly a pleasure for me. He looks like he was having the time of his life on stage, and obviously misses playing a lot of the old Dave stuff. It looked like Mikey was truly taken back by the moment he had up there, and the crowd soaked up every second of it.

If you wanna check these guys out, go over to www.hftrocks.com and check out the Multimedia section. BELIEVE ME, you wont be disappointed

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