Head back to the 1970s and 1980s this Friday, as bands like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Journey and AC/DC all take the stage as part of the same bill.

OK, so they’re not quite the real bands, but they’re the next best thing.

Cover bands Toys in the Attic (Aerosmith), November Rain (Guns N’ Roses), Battery (Metallica), Hells Bells (AC/DC) and Captured (Journey) will all be part of the Fauxfest show at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion. It’s no accident that the concert coincides with Bike Week.

“This is something we can do for the fans,” said Chris Lockwood, Meadowbrook’s director of marketing. “A venue our size could never have Metallica or AC/DC, but our fans like the music; Bike Week is the perfect place to do that.”

The “faux” bands who are playing are ready for anything — including Bike Week.

“For us as a Guns N’ Roses tribute band, it’s perfect that it’s Bike Week,” said Steve Gerraputa, November Rain’s bass player. “We’ve played as far as Santa Domingo and Punta Cana. I believe (Meadowbrook) is the biggest venue we will have played — it’s a great gig.”

While Gerraputa and his band haven’t played with the other bands in the lineup for the Fauxfest concert, he said he’s heard nothing but good things about all of them.

“The combination of the lineup is great,” he said.

After Bike Week in Laconia, November Rain will be headed down to play at another bike run in Erie, Pa.

“It’s so much fun,” Gerraputa said. “We all love Guns N’ Roses, and to be able to get people to feel like they are seeing Guns N’ Roses back in the day is awesome.”

According to Gerraputa, he and his band members dress like the original band members and plan on playing all of the band’s biggest hits, songs such as “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle”.

So does November Rain really sound like the actual band?

“I don’t have a letter of official endorsement,” Gerraputa said. “But we have not been bothered by Guns N’ Roses to stop doing what we’re doing.”


What: Fauxfest: A tribute to bands that rock

When: Friday, June 18, at 3 p.m.

Where: Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, N.H.

How: Tickets $5 to $20. For tickets or more information, call 293-4700 or visit www.meadowbrook.net

This story was published in the Eagle-Tribune on June 13, 2010.