Anyone wanting to hear the music of one of their favorite bands for a fraction of the price, should head out to Redwood City Friday night to catch The Eagles tribute band The Boys of Summer.
This is part of Redwood City’s free weekly Music on the Square concert series.
Named after the 1984 song by Eagles’ vocalist Don Henley, the band formed back in 2004. It originally started out as a tribute band to Henley, but soon launched into a full-blown Eagles tribute band.
“We had the guy who was the Don Henley voice,” said Jimmy Williamson, who is on drums and vocals. “Every time we went out it was all about people yelling ‘The Eagles’ to us. It’s been 10 years now and we are known nationally as the Eagles tribute with the Don Henley guy.”
“The Don Henley guy” is Darrel Monson, who is on guitar and handles lead vocals. Monson and Williamson started playing together back when the Southern California natives were in high school in 1970. The bass player, Bill Winkler, joined them 33 years ago. The rest of the band is comprised of Craig T. Fall on lead guitar and vocals and Chris Turbis on keyboard and vocals.
Although the band has been on the road touring since Jan. 1, the men, who are in their late 50’s and early 60’s, have other jobs. One owns a paving business, while another owns a tile company. Two run recording studios and another is a chef in the movie industry.
“We’re all able to get away from our regular jobs and run them from the road,” Williamson said. “We all have families and kids and grandkids. To have support from home from our families is just a beautiful thing.”
Williamson also enjoys the comradery of the group of guys, being able to recreate the sound of the Eagles like they do and the stellar venues they play together. The band played in Redwood City about two or three years ago, Williamson said.
“It was just off the hook,” he said.
The Boys of Summer plays songs such as “Take It Easy” to “Hotel California” and even the newer country hit “How Long.”
Why should people come out to the show?
“If they’re Eagles fans, they should come because if they want to see the Eagles they’re going to pay $200 ticket,” Williamson said. “To hear and see recreation they can come for free.”
The band plays at the Music On The Square at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Aug. 29 is the last week of the summer concert series.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 105