For decades, musicians have been strapping on Les Pauls and rocking out in tribute to their influences.
The Orlando, Fla.-based Guns N' Roses tribute band, Nightrain, pays tribute to the stylings of one of rock's greatest bands in a fully costumed show that is eerily close to the real thing.
On Sept. 28 at The Rock House on Tybee Island, Nightrain will tribute the crap out of Guns N' Roses.
"When you're in a tribute show it's like taking you back in time," said Slash (known off-stage as John Bradford). "We do the full dress tribute, so everyone is in costume. It's not only musically, but visually taking the audience back to concerts they aren't able to see today. It's got a little bit of nostalgia to it."
Named after the third track of Guns N' Roses debut album, 1987's "Appetite For Destruction," Nightrain has been reincarnating Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven for four years, as a means of keeping alive the music that drove them to musicianship.
"You can't go see Led Zeppelin or Guns N' Roses today, so it's good to be able to see a tribute band that kind of gives you a snapshot back into time. It keeps the music going, " Slash said.
Nightrain has kept the original band lineup for the last four years, save a change in drummers soon after they began playing.
While this band has the experience to dig deep into the discography, they stick close to a set list that will appeal to the masses. You will be sure to hear all the radio hits that propelled Guns N' Roses into the spotlight.
Slash and company keep their chops up by writing original material. They keep their set list fluid, mixing it up so they continue to enjoy what they are doing.
"We're kind of young for a tribute band. There are shows that have been out there much longer," Slash said. "We keep our minds fresh with original stuff. Our main focus is the tribute scene. There's a great market for it."
Even the original authors of Nightrain's music have shown their support.
After a show in Florida, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler sat down with the guys in Nightrain and shared some stories.
"He was totally behind it, and loved the whole tribute band scene," Slash said. "He was very humbled by it. He's a very cool guy. One of his comments was, it was an honor for people to be playing tribute to the stuff he wrote."
IF YOU GO
When: 10 p.m. Sept. 28
Where: The Rock House, 1518 Butler Ave., Tybee Island