Camp rock: Teen bands tune up for big summer-ending gig
It's a familiar story: high school pals gather in someone's garage to rock out, then go on to fame and fortune.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were grammar school buds; Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed their first band at age 14; U2's members were high school buddies back when the Edge was Dave Evans and Bono was Paul Hewson.
On Sunday, local rock fans will get a chance to see what may be the next Rolling Stones, Green Day or U2 when eight young bands from Music Matters' summer RocKamp perform their first big public gig at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
The bands on the bill may not be familiar, but the songs they plan to play sure are. Firemelons will cover Loverboy's Working for the Weekend. The group November Mist will perform Tom Petty's Free Falling, and Drenched will do Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
There are two Weezer songs: Six Pak will do Island in the Sun; Geurilla Taktics, above, will perform Beverly Hills. Waiting on Forever (WOF) will do Avril Lavigne's My Happy Ending, Dial Tone Konfuzion will play Tommy Tutone's 867-5309/Jenny, and The Fly SwatterZ will do Joan Jett's anthem, I Love Rock and Roll.
The concert is free, but you need a ticket, which you have to pick up in advance. To get the details and read more about this unique rock camp, check out Barbara L. Fredricksen's story.
Photo: Kainaz Amaria, tbt*