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 from Dave & Sam, Eddie Van Halen’s most stunning guitar solos, thundering bass, massive drums, angelic 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.
3 distinct packages and custom blends to unlock your favorite eras of the Van Halen family canon
Van Halen Experience — “Jump” in to the “Best of Both Worlds” when HFT combines the entire catalog of classic Van Halen with Van Hagar into one awesome show.
Diamond Dave Experience — Featuring the sounds of the David Lee Roth era Van Halen and DLR Band. So, come “Dance the Night Away” with your favorite gigolo!
Red Rocker Experience — Bringing all the great and iconic Sammy Hagar tunes to life from Montrose to Sammy, to Van Hagar and the Wabos, to Chickenfoot and The Circle.
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, Tommy Merry, gets even the most finicky Van Halen fans cheering in awe and playing their own air guitars. Tommy joins HFT in 2019 after a valiant stint with famed rock singer Davey Pattison’s Gamma; whose resume includes many of rock’s iconic guitarists from Ronnie Montrose to Robin Trower to Michael Schenker. From his 2018 work in The Red Rocker Experience, Tommy’s commitment helps to blend both eras and sounds for the “Best of Both Worlds Show” and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Red Rocker’s aspect of the Van Halen catalog with the addition of some of the biggest hits from the Sammy “Van Hagar” era canon.
Four-string super hero, and musical savant 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. Brooks is also an important leader in the production of the music HFT delivers.
HFT’s pounding drums are kept fresh and tight by Eddie Studebaker. His percussion genius and harmonious backing vocals evoke Alex Van Halen’s skin-bashing with an authenticity you can see and feel. From the classic intro to the band’s theme song, “Hot For Teacher”, to the iconic, “You Really Got Me”, John really has us – and he will get you too!
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 from Virginia Beach to the beaches of 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: In 2007, former HFT guitarist Terry Lauderdale who co-founded the band with Randy in 1999, 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. Jude Gold spent 5 years with HFT from 2007-2012 and at the helm as the Director of the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), part of Hollywood’s Musician’s Institute (MI). In 2014, Jude 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) with John Mader (Hamilton) on drums. Jude has also been featured with famed Broadway actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, and Piers Morgan. When Jude moved on, Terry rejoined HFT in 2013 and handled the lead the guitar duties through 2018.
Also, highly versatile and former HFT bassist Aaron Leigh 2007-2008, who was once selected by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne to join Ozzy, before Geezer called for his job back. In 2016, Aaron joined California’s iconic Y&T.
- And The Cradle Will Rock Hot For Teacher 3:22
- Dance The Night Away Hot For Teacher 3:23
- Eruption Hot For Teacher 1:53
- Hot For Teacher Hot For Teacher 4:46
- Jump Hot For Teacher 4:05
- Panama Hot For Teacher 3:30
- Runnin' With The Devil Hot For Teacher 3:48
- So This Is Love Hot For Teacher 3:09
- Somebody Get Me A Doctor Hot For Teacher 2:59
- The Full Bug Hot For Teacher 3:21
- Unchained Hot For Teacher 3:32
- You Really Got Me Hot For Teacher 2:37
- Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love Hot For Teacher 3:46
- Jamie's Cryin' Hot For Teacher 3:29
HOT FOR TEACHER PARTY EXPERIENCES
The Van Halen Experience
“Jump” in to the “Best of Both Worlds” when HFT combines the entire catalog of classic Van Halen with Van Hagar into one awesome show.
Diamond Dave Experience
Featuring the sounds of the David Lee Roth era Van Halen and DLR Band. So, come “Dance the Night Away” with your favorite gigolo!
Red Rocker Experience
Bringing all the great and iconic Sammy Hagar tunes to life from Montrose to Sammy, to Van Hagar and the Wabos, to Chickenfoot and The Circle.
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)
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)
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)
The Best David Lee Roth era Tribute Band since… the “real” Van Halen!The Contra Costa Times