I was pretty excited when I heard a GN'R Tribute band was coming to Grande Prairie.
GN'R has got to be one of the most difficult bands to pull off as a tribute act, as every member of GN'R has become an icon in rock & roll history.
The Nightrain hails from Saskatoon, SK and has been touring together for about 2 1/2 years. l was really surprised when I saw how young these guys were, but it made me even more stoked to see what they could do.
Their youth really came out in both their on & off stage antics--- and I had to remind myself that these guys were probably just living out every young musician's dream of being on the road, having fun, and sucking up every minute of it.
The 'Axl Rose' vocalist, can absolutely kill it at times. That kid has a mean set of pipes on him! I'd love to see him spend some more time working on some Axl's classic moves though, as it was the only thing missing from his performance. I also saw some really great guitar work by both guitarists. Their 'Steven Adler' drummer was visually fun to watch, and overall gave the audience a great night. 'Duff' has always been my all-time favorite bass player, and their version did him some decent justice.
This tribute band has incredible potential. There's a few things their management team could help them with though. First off, The Nightrain bills their act as 'authentic attire'. I do somewhat disagree on that part. I can't ever recall seeing Steven Adler in a pair of women's spandex capri leggings (but I could be wrong on that). I also think they'd be more on the mark if they ditched the bad halloween wigs. I think if you're going to be a tribute band, commit to growing out your hair, invest in some extensions, or get a decent wig. That alone, would elevate this band to an entirely different level and give their audience a truly 'authentic' feel.
Overall, this is a GREAT band to see. Their asset is their youth, so they have lots of time to perfect their act. I'd love to check them out again in a couple of years to see how they've developed.