Riccardo and Dan have been interviewed by Caleb Ayers of registerbee.com. These are some excerpts from the article:
"[...] For band members like Dan Benezra of 1970s and 1980s Journey tribute band Absolute Journey, there is a lot of pressure in recreating an experience for their audiences.
'We’re put up to a higher state of expectations,' Benezra said.
A tribute band mimics another band, with some recreating the entire experience, including visuals and showmanship in addition to the music. Some of those classic rock tribute bands [...] will all be in town this weekend for the Ridge Classic Rock Festival at the White Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Blairs. [*satellite city of Danville, Virginia]
[...] Some tribute bands replicate the way the band — assuming they still are active — plays now, while others replicate the band in their prime, said Riccardo Curzi, singer and manager for Absolute Journey.
[...] Curzi was doing lots of cover band work, including some Journey songs, when people began telling him he did an excellent job singing like Steve Perry and he even looked a little bit like him, which led to Absolute Journey. Curzi estimates there is somewhere between 50 and 60 Journey tribute bands in the United States alone, with only a handful of those traveling and touring.
The group first started as a tribute band five years ago because gaining visibility and making a living with a new band that only plays originals is very difficult, Curzi said.
'It gives you the resources, it gives you the contacts, it gives you equity, that for sure is a launchpad,' he said.
Having played concerts all over the world and developed the reputation as one of the premier Journey tributes, the band members haven’t ruled out the possibility of later transitioning into original music.
Accuracy is key for these tribute acts, but finding the same instruments and costumes of bands that played several decades ago is a very real challenge. Curzi said musicians have to scour the internet to find the right instruments and he often can’t locate exact matches for his wardrobe choices.
'Sometimes I have to make [outfits] myself,' he said."
What makes this Toronto-based band international? According to their bio, the band “operates Internationally between North and Central America at casinos, cruise ships, festivals, theaters and corporate events.” So there. The band aims to re-create the Steve Perry era of Journey, i.e. every fan’s favorite era of Journey, with projections, costume changes — jeans, neon polyester animal print shirts and tuxedo jackets are costumes now — and plenty of audience interactivity.
Absolute Journey, a tribute band to San Francisco rockers Journey, rocked the Peterborough Musicfest on Saturday night.
The Toronto-based cover band performed their interpretations of such Journey hits as Don't Stop Believing, Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' and Anyway You Want It. [...]
Riccardo Curzi may be biased, but he believes Journey’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year was long overdue.
“People labeled them as commercial music,” he said during a telephone interview from Toronto. “They were doing music they were feeling from within. Why should they be criticized for being successful? They were a phenomenon. We believe they are one of the most fundamental bands in American history, so why not put them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?”
This is the fifth year in a row that an outdoor show will be held in downtown St. Joseph. Please note that it is Absolute Journey Tribute, a tribute band to Journey, that will perform the second half of the evening while the performance of Styx is expected by 8pm [...]
And it's a wrap on the 2016 Canal Music Fest! This year's event was held on June 11, 2016 in 90°+ temperatures… but that did not stop anybody! We had our most successful event to date with 4,000+ folks in attendance to party with us and Absolute Journey Tribute!
The Absolute Journey Tribute show dusted off some of classic rock's most recognizable songs at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.
Absolute Journey's vocalist, Riccardo Curzi's voice is uncannily similar to Journey's original singer, Steve Perry, which was a treat for longtime fans such as Michael and Mary Ellen Wozniak. [...]