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Six other local tribute bands worth checking out

Fans of U2, The Beatles, the Grateful Dead, and others queue up for these groups.

Playing Dead pays tribute to the late Jerry Garcia and company. Matt Beauchemin


New England’s all-female tribute to Aerosmith has played all over Massachusetts, from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Don’t underestimate the women’s ability to emulate Steven Tyler and Joe Perry’s distinct stage energy; the Aerochix’s gestures and tones complete their performance of Aerosmith hits from the past four decades. aerochix.com

Playing Dead

Staying true to the Grateful Dead’s legendary live performances, this tribute band makes every show unique and unpredictable. Made up of former members of other Grateful Dead tributes, Playing Dead’s setlists aren’t for amateurs. With a repertoire of more than 120 songs and improvisational jams, audiences never know what to expect. playingdead.net


The Joshua Tree

It’s all about capturing the unmistakable U2 sound while making the performance their own for The Joshua Tree. Although members don’t match the Irish band in appearance, the music doesn’t lie. Taking its name from U2’s 1987 album, this tribute band is dedicated to covering Bono and company’s catalog. Adoring fans might wonder whether they’re hearing the real thing. joshuatreeband.com

The American WHO Sensation

While only occasionally destroying vintage instruments, this celebration of The Who prides itself on authenticity. In addition to reproducing the British band’s classic vocals on stage, The American WHO Sensation rocks with the same power that thrilled fans in the ’70s. americanwho.com

The American WHO Sensation pays homage to the British band The Who.

The Eagles Experience

This tribute band is dedicated to performing a “one-on-one re-creation” of the heyday Eagles, says Steve Kareta, the band’s founder. Each member represents an original Eagle, singing and playing their respective parts in a setlist of hits and deep cuts to please every fan, from the casual to the diehard. eagles-experience.com

Studio Two: The Beatles Before America

In honor of The Beatles’ formative years, Studio Two almost exclusively plays songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper’s era, particularly 1960-1964. The band re-creates every aspect of a Fab Four concert experience, from arrangements and vocals to John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s ’60s attire. studiotwotributeband.com


Studio Two almost exclusively plays Beatles songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper’s era.

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