The tribute band Damn the Torpedoes recreates the stage presence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with painstaking precision.
Sometimes the means to an end can come by circuitous route, and certainly the talented tribute band Damn the Torpedoes fits that bill.
Founded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Rich Kubicz in 2007, the band takes its name from the third studio album of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — the group it mimics to the finest detail — and was spun in a roundabout way from Kubicz’s efforts to help independent musicians get the word out about their original material through an e-zine he co-founded called Let’s Rock America.
Damn the Torpedoes will play Harrah’s Eden Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 2, starting 8pm.
“Most of us have been playing music as far back as our early teens,” says Kubicz, 44, who took up guitar at age nine. “I’ve always had a passion for independent music, and in 2005 I released a CD [called Echo Lake] that I recorded in stages in upstate New York.
“Shortly after that I started Let’s Rock America with a friend — not so much to promote my own music as to give other musicians a forum on the Internet to post their independent material, because I know how hard it is to find venues to play original stuff and get people to come out and hear it.”
The Web response to the e-zine was immediate and extensive, followed by a request to start interviewing band members, which it would do every Friday night. Kubicz, who had been in and out of bar bands most of his life, at the time was just helping others promote their material and not playing himself.
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