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The Soft Parade

In today’s world where the appetite for celebrity knows no limits, the by-now-familiar concept of the “tribute band,” frankly, deserves a cautious approach. With hyperbolic terms such as “the #1”, “world’s best” and “the ultimate” used to describe themselves, the average tribute band can approach dangerous levels of self-parody.   But The Soft Parade, the originators of the “authentic” Doors live experience, and one of the longest running and most successful of all  tributes,  is something unique and special…
Welcome to The Soft Parade… Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary!
The Soft Parade is revered worldwide as THE premiere Doors tribute show. They recreate, with stunning accuracy, the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert.
The Soft Parade helped spearhead an industry by pioneering the concept of the tribute band decades ago, and have achieved international success as the very first authentic Doors tribute show. The Soft Parade’s impeccable reputation for stunning audiences by recreating the look,atmosphere and sounds of a real,live Doors concert quickly brought them world class status as an international touring band performing to massive crowds in theaters, stadiums and festivals in over 20 countries; Germany,Chile,Israel,Italy,France,Spain,Canada,Puerto Rico,Netherlands,Panama,Costa Rica,Luxembourg,Belgium,Holland and many others.
The Soft Parade was the first-ever band to utilize vintage gear, instruments, clothing and look-alike members to recreate “The Doors” live. They set the standard and raised the bar of excellence that they have maintained to this day.
The Soft Parade has been joined on stage by Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and was endorsed by keyboardist Ray Manzarek when he signed a contract to perform a series of concerts as a member of The Soft Parade
At the front of the show is founding member Joe Russo who hands down is the closest thing one can come to the real Jim Morrison. His published photo has been mistaken for that of Morrison hundreds of times and he has shocked audiences all over the world with his innate ability to channel the power,intensity and charisma of Jim Morrison and harness it on stage in front of a live audiences. It is beyond remarkable.
Once the world at large was made aware of The Soft Parade, they became instantly in-demand worldwide..
When Russo takes the stage with the other members of the band, Mike Abel (keyboards),Joe Bilotti (guitar) and Vic Ruiz (drums),together they create a living, spontaneous performance that is always edgy and exciting. Unlike most tributes, they do not impersonate and mimic the band, they musically and spiritually inhabit it. This is the major difference between The Soft Parade and most other tributes, They are “real”.
The Soft Parade has received top-flight press and acclaim for decades. They have a long list of impressive achievements,and have headlined, as a single act, virtually every show they have ever done.
No band has that kind of longevity and notoriety unless they can deliver …consistently.
There is no end in sight..as long as there are fans of the Doors, there is demand for The Soft Parade.

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn’t methodical, but jazz isn’t messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians.

If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.

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Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn’t methodical, but jazz isn’t messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians.

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn’t methodical, but jazz isn’t messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians.

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