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Twilight Alive ‘Waiting’ no more for Tom Petty tribute act

Leigh Ann Laube • Jun 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Although The Waiting is a new name, the people behind the band logged a decade of experience performing as the immensely successful Journey tribute band Frontiers.

The Waiting, a Tom Petty tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m., June 27, at Twilight Alive on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport.

For close to 40 years, the troubadours known as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have been a fixture on rock ‘n’ roll radio with their distinctive songs about love, hope and the uniquely American experience. The band has sold more than 60 million records, including nearly 18 million copies of its “Greatest Hits” album. Petty and The Heartbreakers, alumni of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, have appeared in the Billboard Top 10 in five consecutive decades, and continue to sell out stadium tours well into the new century.

The Waiting is a unique tribute to the sounds and melodies of that classic American songbook. The Waiting has spent a decade perfecting the subtle nuances of a large-scale tribute act. Its members bring those experiences to one of the greatest catalogs of any rock ‘n’ roll artist in a show that embodies not a breezy imitation but a channeling of the spirit and sounds of Petty and The Heartbreakers’ legendary live performances. The chiming guitars, organic pianos and soulful drawl of Petty are present and accounted for.

The Waiting frontman Jeremey Hunsicker has proven a skilled caretaker of timeless songs, as evidenced by the invitation to join the actual band Journey in 2007. The Waiting carries over the current lineup of Frontiers, featuring Frontiers co-founder Greg Eanes on bass guitar, Chris Castelda on drums, David Thomas on guitar and Frontiers co-founder Chad Campbell on keyboard.

The Waiting will rely on many of the tricks that made Frontiers such a popular draw — that is to say, not many gimmicks at all.

“We are on focusing on the music, the songs and the sound that people expect,” Hunsicker explained. “Just like with Frontiers, we were able to channel those songs through our collective energy and come out with something that people really connected to. We are a live rock ‘n’ roll band, built for the stage, and we are working over the Petty catalog and coming up with things that really capture the spirit of a live Heartbreakers concert.”

The concert is free, but non-perishable food items will be accepted. Bring a lawn chair, but leave your coolers and pets at home.

For more information about The Waiting, visit www.tompettyshow.com

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