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I caught the Show in NYC Tuesday Night. A great
Show. The vocals and instrumentation were right
on. The “appearance” of the Band was uncanny! I
actually enjoyed The Soft Parade much better
than the ROTS Show with Manzarek and Krieger.
I’ll be back on 8/24. JDM-RIP.
Angelo N —
July 3, 2007
I just saw The Soft Parade at the
Colonial Theater in Phoenixville and
they were absolutely spectacular!
Not only did they sound just like The
Doors, but they all had the moves!
I was so impressed. I was too
young to see The Doors when they were
around, so I'm glad that I got to
experience this. Can't wait for
the next show.
May 18, 2007
I went to see this show after waiting in
extreme anticipation for like a month--and oh my
god it was definitely worth the wait. It was the
only show that has actually brought me to tears.
I got my picture with Joe Russo and was
astounded by his voice and by how well he
portrayed Morrison...if he was here tosay, I'm
sure he would be proud. I wasn't alive for the
actual doors, but now I feel I have gotten the
experience, anyway. That was amazing
and I can't wait to see it again!!!
— May 15, 2007
Let me tell you about THE SOFT PARADE!
I've been waiting for about 3 months for these
guys to come to the local bar in my area, The
Wharf Tavern. Now I would first like to say
that it is very hard for me to watch somebody
that is not Jim Morrison sing the songs of the
Doors (unless it's great). I pretty much knew
it was gonna be a good time that night watching
The Soft Parade play but let me tell you I got
ALOT more. I watched each member walk in the
door and I got chills.
|Before they started
to play I was able to get a picture with Joe
out front of the bar, which is now my computer's
wallpaper. Anyway I am only 21 years old and
did not have to opportunity to see the real
Doors play back in the day so now I try and
see anything that is like them. Well these guys
started to play and it was GREAT. They moved
like the Doors, played like the Doors, and Joe
Russo was right on the mark with Jim. From
the tambourine and the maracas to cupping
his ear just like Jim use to do.
|THE SOFT PARADE
is a must see for any Doors fan! I would first
like to thank the band for carrying on the legend
of The Doors and coming to The Wharf. Second
I want to thank the guys at the Wharf who booked
the band to play there, THANK YOU SO MUCH. Well
I hope to see The Soft Parade again sometime,
preferably at The Wharf again.
Aston, PA —
April 21, 2007
I'd seen The
Soft Parade at B.B. King's in NYC earlier this year. I thought
they were great and when I checked out the website & found
that they were playing at a niteclub by my house on my 40th
birthday, I was thrilled. I'd discovered the Doors in the
summer of 81 when the "revival" began. I was 15. I had my
long curly hair and wrote poetry and just did everything
to be like Jim Morrison. I spent all the money I earned
in crummy jobs on Doors stuff. I still have most of it.
When I saw them at BB Kings, I guess I was expecting
"posers" but was very pleasantly surprised to see a real
replica of the Doors. The singer doesn't overdo it like
Val Kilmer did in The Doors movie. He's perfect.
Anyway, my wife called the club weeks before my birthday
& arranged to get the VIP area next to the stage. When I
arrived that night, I spoke with guys in the band (singer
& keyboard player) before they went on stage. I mentioned
one of my favorite & under-rated Doors songs "Wintertime
Love" to them and they PLAYED IT and dedicated it to me
even though it's not exactly what the "greatest hits type"
crowd wanted to hear. It was flawless. Suddenly, I was that
15 year old Doors fan again even though I was celebrating
my 40th birthday.
I have to say it was one of the best birthday's I ever
had. I want to thank The Soft Parade very much for a GREAT
evening. Please consider me a fan at this point and anytime
you guys are in the area, I'll be there with my friends.
Thomas DiBenedetto, Commack, NY
— June 15, 2006
Is everybody in...?
Well, if not, you need to be:
I 1st saw "The Soft Parade" years ago in a seedy biker
bar in Garfield, NJ. Then I moved out of the area but followed
their career visa vee their website. Then I had the immaculate
pleasure of catching their double set gig at The Red Lion
in NYC day before New Year's Eve of 04'... I had forgotten
how intense these four men were and how capable of transporting
me to the late 60's/early 70's, a time I had been born 4
years to late.
Needless to say I have moved back to NJ recently and
went to see the band play at Dingbatz in Garfield, NJ. I
swear they got even better than the last time I saw them.
I hate sounding like some groupie, but it blows me away
that Joe can nail every chord on guitar and Mike works hand
in hand with Joe's singing as he fades into soulful poetic
moments ever so reminiscent of the Jim... Everytime I see
them I feel as if "The Soft Parade" summons the spirit of
The Doors and more importantly Jim Morrison.
To all of those who may be a fan of a song or two The
Doors created, or you are a real fan and continue to keep
the dream alive I whole heartily recommend to catch these
four men known as "The Soft Parade." And I quote "come for
the religious experience..."
P.S. "The Soft Parade" is playing at The Red Lion in
NY March 23, and I would love to catch them there again,
but I do not have a ride. Any takers? I can chip in on gas.
I'd hate to miss this show.
The Dude — March 11, 2006
I was old enough to attend Doors concerts. I was very
moved by your performance at the State Theatre in Falls
I was very impressed with the musicianship that the four
of you provided for our dining and dancing pleasure. I think
most people are distracted by the obvious/subtle fact
that the four of you resemble the original Doors. Call it
deliberate or fate, no matter.
What I especially liked is the fact that all four of
you learned the subtle nuances and personal musical idiosyncrasies
that truly made the Doors music what it was and still is.
I realize all four a you have had 15 or so years to learn
I feel the four of you have managed to have the essence
of the music come alive because each of you understands
the pure essence of the musical personalities of the original
Doors and have applied this knowledge to the performance.
I have heard many a band play the "songs" of the Doors.
I myself have done a few, however none of them/me displayed
the important musicality features of the Doors songs. IE
how Jim formed his vocal style and how he incorporated maracas
and tambourine (a lost art I think), how Robbie plays the
guitar (very unorthodox), how Ray's arpeggio's and tireless
bass lines drive the songs forward and how John's jazz approach
with arms moving all around created a different drum sound.
This I believe is why you guys are so successful. You
learned the craft well. This I believe is the quintessential
difference that makes bands what they are, a real band!
The Doors were a real band. You four are an amazing real
Each of you has a musical part to perform and all of
you come together so well. My belief is that the body, the
hands, the voice and the heart has to all be present in
order to find the groove. You four had it all, all the time.
Thank you for reminding me of what a true band is, no
matter who's music it is. I do not see the four of you as
a tribute band per se, the music you four make truly is
your own music now. A rare feat indeed!
VAM — March 13, 2006
I just checked out your performance at BB Kings this past
Saturday Jan 28th and boy let me tell you, you guys blew
my mind. The first time I saw you guys was back in 1993
at a small club/bar in NYC. That was the best show I have
ever seen in my life, up until this past weekend. I left
the show in awe, completely mesmerized on how magnificently
you guys performed. You guys seem to get better with age.
If you are a Doors fan you owe it to yourself to see this
band. They are the real thing. Keep up the incredible work
and I can't wait to see you all again & soon.
BTW, that venue was amazing. Please see to it that you
get that location again.
Omar A — January 30, 2006
An Intense Visitation of Energy
I watched The Soft Parade perform years ago at a little
place in Tribeca. It was small, intimate and everyone was
dancing. I had forgotten how awesome of a band they truly
are until last night at BB Kings. I was fortunate enough
to score some seats at one of the front end tables, so I
got to see The Soft Parade in all it's glory, up close &
It was almost as if the band members were channeling
The Doors right through them - from the intoxicating jams
to the bewitching performance - it was an outstanding show.
And the drummer Vic Ruiz - pounding on his drums, thumping
like a heartbeat, so sensual and soft and then bam! Incredible.
A true tribue to John Densmore. I look forward to seeing
more. Many, Many Thanks,
Theresa Meza — January 29, 2006
I saw you guys play at the State Theatre a few weeks
ago, and though I wasn't alive when The Doors were around,
I think you all helped me experience their legacy. Joe Russo
especially captured the sex appeal of Jim Morrison. "Gloria"
was unbelievably erotic. Whenever the musicians played,
they seemed to be in a trance, and well, I just wanted to
say thanks for such an awesome night. I sing in a classic
rock band with a few of my friends (my guitarist and I went
to your concert) and we were really inspired to work on
becoming better musicians and performers. Although I doubt
we could ever pull off that good a performance. You guys
are a total inspiration.
Hey! Your performance this evening in NYC at Acme Underground
was nothing short of phenomenal. I'm sure Morrison, if he
was still alive today on his birthday, would have totally
freaked watching this amazing performance. It was Jim when
he was on top of the world. Joe Russo was dead—on as Morrison...and
I've seen other tribute bands...but with the musicianship
and the vintage keyboards and guitars...man was it The Soft
Parade of Memorex?
Really...really had a great time. Wild audience. Thanks
guys, will check you out again when you're in the area.
John Petrocelli — New
My wife and I recently travelled over 500 miles round-trip
top see you play at The Chance theatre in Poughkeepsie,
NY. The music was AWESOME. It was kind of eerie standing
there and looking up and seeing Jim Morrison standing there
at the end of the stage.
I recently have seen The Soft Parade perform, and it
was an outstanding experience! It was nothing like I had
anticipated. I imagined a group of guys attempting bad renditions
of Doors songs. This certainly was NOT the case! I
was absolutely blown away! Never had I heard of The Soft
Parade—and never will I forget. This band has, no doubt
in my mind, captured the essence of The Doors. Their fire,
their power to gather the audience and take them to the
other side. Mesmerized. I am thrilled that you keep the
memory of Jim Morrison alive. The poet, the genius. This
truly was a great honor, I would not have missed it for
the world. THANK YOU.
M. Magno — MD
If someone would have told me that a DOORS band could
bring down the house in Jim Thorpe, Pa. in the year 2000—I
would have told them they were dreaming. On Saturday April
22nd that's exactly what happened. Halfway through the first
set, the ENTIRE crowd stood up (the place was a theatre-type
setting) and never sat back down until the lights went on
at the end of the second set. Knowing that I could never
see the DOORS live has always been a real downer. On Saturday
the 22nd, thanks to THE SOFT PARADE I no longer have to
wonder what I always knew: that the DOORS were the best
live band ever!! THANKS for waking up this lad's soul. The
first incision has been made, and the only anesthetic is
MARION L — PA
My name is Jeremy and I was in attendance during the
show in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The Soft Parade is exactly like
The Doors and do a great job! Everybody played awesome
and even looked like the original group. There were
times during the show that I wasn't sure if I was watching
The Doors or The Soft Parade, that's how great you guys
were!! I did not now I was in the year 2000, it seemed like
the rockin' 1960's and 1970's. We traveled from the Pittsburgh
area to see the concert, it was well worth it.
The ride from New Hampshire to Mass. was long, but with
the help of some friends we made it fun—just thinking of
what would happen to our minds when we saw The Soft Parade
for the first time. We arrived at the bar and saw Joe Russo
at the end of it drinking a beer. That blew our minds! The
feeling was great—it was like we were at some bar in the
late 60's with Jim Morrison. The band gave you the feeling
that they were The Doors—making you sit and wait for them
to come out. Then the band came out from the back one by
one and started to play. Then Joe started to sing and the
crowd went crazy. This was the best feeling in the world.
Thanks for making the music so bright and full of life.
JASON J — NH
Just wanted to say how much of a fan I am. I'm always
down for some reason because everyone today is into all
that rap and all that other stuff. But me? I look to Jim,
Ray, Robby and John.
But I can't see them—so I come to see you guys. You guys
made it seem so real. You made me find out who I am and
I just want to thank you for that. I have pics of you in
my locker in school and all. People say "who are those guys"?
But me, I just turn and smile. I say "a great band that
has nothing to do with killing, rape or any of that crap"
and I walk away.
So thanks for everything.
Your #1 fan, MIKE
I have to say that I have seen you guys play A LOT. My
most memorable time was my 25th Birthday. I'm now 32. I
am a huge Doors fan and the resemblance to the look and
sound is remarkable. I have always enjoyed your show an
truly felt as though I was back in 1969. even though I was,
like, two years old.
Great show last Saturday. I didn't feel like going out
that night but my buddy Charles convinced me, and I'm glad
he did. I've seen a lot of tribute bands—some good, some
bad—but you all transcended my expectations. Not only were
the songs note-perfect, they were delivered with passion—something
I'm sure is hard to do for you guys after what, two thousand
shows? You really packed the house too. And if they paid
you well, you deserved it. Thanks for a great night!
I am originally from New York and have seen you guys
perform twice and I was absolutely floored!! You are great
musicians/performers and you give Jim Morrison the absolute
credit he deserves. You have many fans out here in Arizona
waiting patiently to see The Soft Parade LIVE and IN PERSON
instead of just on the website! I'm the lucky one, though.
My parents are flying me home for my Birthday and I will
be going to your show!!! Quite a B-day present, huh? Spending
the night w/Joe Russo & the boys as I hit the peak of my
years :o) I can't think of turning 30 a better way.
Your #1 Fan, LINDA G
I am a huge Doors fan but am too young to have seen The
Doors for myself. But watching The Soft Parade made me feel
like I was actually standing in front of them. You guys
have it all—the looks, the sound. You are incredible! Joe
takes Jim's persona on so well.
When he walked out onstage I nearly died when I saw him!!
Sorry to ramble, but I am just so thrilled to have found
you all!! Thanks again for being such an awesome band and
for giving me a sense of belonging, if only for a short
I have seen you in November 1998 in Trier, Germany and
I think you are the greatest singer since Jim Morrison.
I love your music and I hope I can see you in Germany again
To Joe and the band-
I just wanted to say thank you for the spectacular performance
you gave us at the Poconos Bikers Music Rally.
We have received great reviews of your show by the audience,
media and staff.
In addition to you and your band looking and acting the
part—along with your excellent vocals, you are also a promoters
joy to work with. You made our job a lot easier.
Alisa O'Brien - Festival Manager/Coordinator
I've seen you guys twice and I think you're incredible—a
time machine back to 1967. Great sound—and Mr. Russo is
as close to Morrison as you can get without actually being
him. And at times, I would swear that he IS Jim.
Confessions Of A Soft Parade Junkie
I remember the first time I saw The Soft Parade —back in
the summer of 1992. I was way into the Doors' music at the
time and one of my girlfriends recommended that I go check
out The Soft Parade who were going to be playing at The
Rock and Roll Cafe (now closed-Ed.)
I had never even HEARD of The Soft Parade at the time,
and the girlfriend that recommended them had never seen
them either—but she had
heard from people that they put on a really good show.
I must say I was totally impressed with the performance
I saw. The singer was Jim Morrison incarnate. It's almost
eerie—the first time you
see Joe Russo walk out on stage, the resemblance is that
striking. And when he opens his mouth and starts to sing,
you will be transported.
This band was no joke. They were really tight. They do
all the Doors tunes you know and love—and some of the ones
you would never expect. Their vocal and musical improvisations
really give it that on-the-edge "live" concert feeling.
When they took their break in-between sets I actually
went and called the girl that recommended them on the phone
to tell her how awesome they were. I must have gone to every
Soft Parade show that followed after that for the next few
years, they were that good!
I haven't been able to go as frequently as I used to,
but I am still a huge fan. Just recently they played near
me and still—7 years later—I
am still blown away by their performance. As I sit here
trying to put into words just how cool this band is, I really
am at a loss. Mere words cannot express how The Soft Parade
has managed to capture and reproduce a completely mind-blowing
Doors experience. It's simply something you have to experience
DONNA — Bayridge, NY