In today's world where the appetite for celebrity knows no limits, the
by-now familiar concept of the "tribute band," frankly, deserves cautious
But The Soft Parade is something unique and special...
Welcome to The Soft Parade... Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary!
The Soft Parade is revered worldwide as THE premiere Doors tribute show.
They recreate, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a
vintage Doors concert.
The Soft Parade has toured 20 countries, been joined onstage by original
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and has performed hundreds of concerts
worldwide. Their impeccable reputation and loyal international following has
enabled them this year to celebrate their 20TH Anniversary!
The Soft Parade is:
Joe Russo - Vocals
Vic Ruiz - Drums
Mike Abel - Keyboards
Joe Bilotti - Guitars
The Soft Parade was formed in 1990 by lead vocalist Joe Russo. His goal
was to re-create - for today's audiences - the theatrical, poetic, primal
atmosphere of a live Doors concert.
He has succeeded. The Soft Parade stands as the most fascinating, convincing
example of a tribute performance there could ever be.
Seeing The Soft Parade is like reliving the legendary concerts Jim Morrison
and The Doors performed over 30 years ago. The Soft Parade is
recognized as one of the most authentic, realistic tribute bands working
the vintage musical instruments and sound equipment right down to stage
hairstyles - watching The Soft Parade is as close to seeing the Doors as
The show is so hauntingly authentic that critics and fans continually use
"eerie" and "chilling" to define the experience. The NEW YORK TIMES summed
impressions by saying, "The Soft Parade's show is so eerily convincing,
causing the audience to temporarily suspend it's disbelief".
But the excitement of The Soft Parade
must be seen.
Photographs can only hint at the uncanny physical resemblance Joe Russo
Jim Morrison. The voice, the emotional abandon of his performance, the
charisma, is so genuine and intense that audiences are held spellbound.
The Notion to create a band that eventually became The Soft Parade started
idea Joe Russo had: "I saw it as a viable way to begin
as a performer", he says.
The eventual formation of The Soft Parade in 1990 was a culmination of
coming together at the right time. "I always knew I would become a performer
singer. It was a desire and ambition I've had since I was a boy. I knew that
the music of the Doors was something I could make successful. I decided to
musical ambition and put it together with the affinity I had for the music
of the Doors. I
combined that with my natural similarities to Jim Morrison. Then I developed
for a show. It had to be something special, something that would do justice
incredible power the Doors had on stage. "
It is this focus, talent and expertise that has made The Soft Parade the
Doors tribute in the world. And their success is not confined to the United
Canada. They have toured in over 20 countries. They have
enormous following in Europe, particularly in Germany, Holland and France.
also one of the only tribute bands to tour successfully in Israel.
A highlight of their trip to France was when original Doors' guitarist
Robby Krieger joined the band on stage. Together they wowed a sold-out crowd
of 2,000 Doors fans, many of whom surely felt as though they had been
transported through some kind of time-warp.
The Soft Parade also has the distinction of being the only tribute show to
be invited to
perform at the 2003 Bonnaroo Festival and the Woodstock 25th Anniversary Festival in Bethel, New York.
There, at the
original site of the original 1969 Woodstock concert, the Soft Parade joined
luminaries as Mountain, Canned Heat, and Country Joe MacDonald.
Following a set by the legendary Richie Havens, the Soft Parade took the
burned through a set that, according to the former Young Rascals member
Brigati, "stole the show".
Fronting the Soft Parade is amazing lead singer Joe Russo. He looks
moves Morrison. And most importantly, he sings Morrison. His dreamy yet
performance invokes a myriad of emotional shockwaves which he creates with
support of three astounding musicians.
Drummer Vic Ruiz pounds his Ludwig drums with the same unique, jazz-
oriented stylings created by John Densmore.
Keyboardist Mike Abel, intensely hunched over his vintage Gibson keyboard
Fender piano bass, captures the fluid rhythms of Ray Manzarek.
Guitarist Joe Bilotti plays his Gibson SG, reproducing the same strange,
sounds and unconventional style of Robby Krieger.
Together these musicians have captured the magic and majesty of a past era.
have mastered a repertoire of over 50 Doors classics. Wherever they perform,
Soft Parade draws massive audiences from the Doors' diverse worldwide
When they play, something unique and entrancing starts to happen that draws
crowds from all age groups that come to experience something many
of them were too young to witness firsthand.
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