Music Zirconia

Rio Duran Duran Tribute is playing its first Casbah show Sat March 20th with Still Ill, San Diego Smiths and Morrissey tribute. We're proud we were offered a first time slot on a Saturday night at the fabulous Casbah. We haven't experienced a lot of rivalry or competition between tributes in San Diego. A lot of us actually work together and play shows together. We've played numerous shows with The Cured, Blasphemous Rumours (Depeche Mode Tribute from LA), and Still Ill, in LA and San Diego. Rio is the only working Duran Duran Tribute in the US. We try to play with other 80s tributes, on complimentary bills. The other big LA and San Diego 80s tributes work together so much, so there's not that much actual competition. We tend to compliment each other more than compete with each other. Rio definitely tries to dress and look like the members of Duran Duran, and emulate the feel of a mid 80's Duran Duran show from the Rio era, incorporating linen suits, and other appropriate instruments and apparel. Tribute bands don't have to push a new album or single, so often play just what the fans would want to hear. The best tributes also play up on the expected and even the cliches of the tributed band. Here's a link to our new promo video: We recently have played sold out shows at Belly Up San Diego and San Diego House of Blues, and have played in many of the top venues in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County including the Coachhouse, House of Blues Anaheim, Knitting Factory, and Romano's Concert Lounge. We've played casinos as well, including Viejas, and Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. For more info please visit and
— March 12, 2010 11:58 p.m.

For All Those Ladies Out There

This is Doug from Nite Romantics... We need to add some clarification to the band member's descriptions in the article. Gil plays in various bands around town including a Gipsy Kings tribute band, but doesn't consider himself an "accomplished Flamenco player." Irv is a television and independent film actor, with several films in the works. He moved to LA from Baltimore to continue his acting career after seeing the Nite Romantics ad on Myspace. Johnny has also been on Dawson's Creek, been in many indie films, and has several other films set to be released. He's also the co-host of Nasa 360 on the Discovery Channel. Raven White has a solo band also called Raven White where he Sings lead and plays guitar and does Originals, covers and tribute Shows to Gary Numan and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Our Myspace page is Full bios, photos and show dates are available there. Our email address is [email protected]
— May 29, 2008 8:40 a.m.

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