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     The rise of grunge, goth, and alternative in the mid 90s experienced its success in a new generation of trend-following concert-goers who adopted the sign of the times as a new religion that dared to compare itself to its world-ruling mainstream predecessor, rock n’ roll. But attempts to push the iconic sounds of the previous three-plus decades to the back burner resulted in an onslaught of hundreds of tribute bands battling it out to fill some pretty big shoes…admittedly, with some impressive results across the U.S. and beyond.
While the northeast corner of the States has seen its share of them from Sabbath and Metallica to Zeppelin and The Beatles, it’s recently become a hotbed of Journey tributes and, let’s be honest, we’re talking some pretty intense talent required in the shoe-filling department on that one. While we were familiar with a few good locals, word on the street recently sent us in the direction of yet another Journey tribute, this one called The Great Escape, a band reportedly filling clubs all over Massachusetts and rapidly taking over as one of the area’s top tributes. Of course, we had to go check that out for ourselves…and what we heard from the first note gave us chills! The story goes like this…
A little over a year ago, founding member and bassist, Bob Wheeler, with vocalist Jason Paulino pulled, primarily through online communication, Rich Vigdor (guitars), Peter Ferlisi (keys/lead and backing vocals), and Tony Clement (drums) together to form a tribute band. The combination of unmistakable chemistry and talent offered an obvious answer and a month later the The Great Escape packed JJ’s Sports Bar (Shrewsbury, MA) with their debut performance. Six months after that, they swept the award for New England’s best tribute band. We agree.
The Great Escape can be found several nights each month playing a three-hour catalog of Journey classics to capacity crowds, a recent performance at the Riverview Portuguese Club in Hudson, MA selling out a staggering seven hundred tickets in just three days. An extensive set list covers nearly every Journey hit from “Suzanne”, “Anytime”, and “Just The Same Way”, to nearly the entire ‘Escape’ album, Frontiers mega-hits “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully”, and “Ask The Lonely”, and Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie”, as well as a fantastic cover of Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and more recently introduced, a beautiful original ballad, “Closer”. Not surprisingly, the guys have become a household name at many choice venues throughout New England, Mohegan Sun Casino‘s Wolf Den among the most popular places to catch them. 
Check out a sample of TheGreat Escape here at Blast and visit their myspace page at for more, as well as upcoming live dates. Whether you’re at home in New England or just visiting, mark your calendars for this one…definitely on the ‘not to be missed’ list for Journey die-hards!