Stardom quest: Blaze of Glory half way there

Excerpt taken from:
Tyler Olsen, Canwest News; The Chilliwack Times
Published: Friday, February 19, 2010
Ted Moore, centre, fronts Bon Jovi tribute act Blaze of Glory. Randy Robertson, Mike Champigny, Mike Russell and Doug Grant round out the band.

Ted Moore, centre, fronts Bon Jovi tribute act Blaze of Glory. Randy Robertson, Mike Champigny, Mike Russell and Doug Grant round out the band.

Ted Moore always wanted to be a rock star and there was a brief moment in 1995 when his dream seemed in reach. But by 2003 Moore was living in Chilliwack, counselling troubled teens and repairing busted computers.

Next week, Moore and his new band Blaze of Glory will hit the stage of the Summit Theatre in Langley’s Cascades Casino.

If that performance is anything like the band’s first concert in Kamloops last year, they will be greeted as rock stars – nay, rock gods.

The mostly female crowd will sing along with Moore, pump their fists in the air and maybe even paw at the fair-haired father of two whose initial rock dream fizzled out 15 years ago.

With all that attention, Moore doesn’t care that if all that enthusiasm has less to do with Blaze of Glory and more to do with Bon Jovi, the undying singers of hits like Livin’ On a Prayer and Wanted Dead or Alive.

Moore’s band is a classic tribute act, recreating the look, sound and feel of a popular act – in this case Bon Jovi.

“We’re not the rock stars. It’s not like we’re going to get big heads about this because Bon Jovi are the rock stars,” he said.

But there is also something about taking the stage to standing ovations and shouts of enthusiasm that delights Moore, who said he is drawn to the stage.

Moore cut his teeth in Lower Mainland music scene in the late 1980s and early ’90s. But after a key music industry contact died, and his latest band, Locomotive Dream, broke up in 1995, Moore decided to settle down and get on with his life.

So he went to university, learned to be a teacher, had two girls, and heard, not infrequently, that he looked and sounded like Jon Bon Jovi.

By the middle of the decade, Moore had moved away from teaching and was operating his own computer business in Chilliwack. But he also noticed that there was a potentially lucrative market for tribute acts.

After years of research, Moore finally assembled Blaze of Glory last year with experienced Lower Mainland musicians.

And when the band debuted in Kamloops last year, Moore described the environment as “surreal.”

“It was bizarre and an experience I never had in my life,” said Moore of the packed crowd, which cheered the band onto the stage.

And even though he’s playing someone else’s songs, Moore said playing like a rock star is a dream come true.

“I would have loved to see this kind of response to material I had written. It would have been wonderful,” he said. “But the experience is the same.

“The difference is I don’t have the millions of dollars from the songwriting royalties and the private jets.”

What Moore does have, though, is the perfect yardstick for his band’s performance.

“100 per cent means we’ve reached complete authenticity,” said Moore.

And while he said his band will never perfectly duplicate the Bon Jovi experience, that target gives Blaze of Glory something tangible to aim for.

“No one’s going to be Bon Jovi other than Bon Jovi,” he said. “We are proudly second best.”

Blaze of Glory truly comes from another time, when the world was ruled by rock gods with big hair and loud guitars, and radio was conquered with anthems sung by millions all around the world.

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