The Rod Stewart Tribute by Bob Wyper
The BIGGEST show small venues ever have.
Firmly established as a top tribute performer, and recognised as one of the best value acts around, Bob Wyper is among the cream of TOP TRIBUTES in the UK. Bob is renowned for his energetic live performances and tireless work-rate which sees him travelling anywhere from Brighton to Inverness and beyond as a full-time entertainer.... and now internationally with trips to Cyprus, France, Abu Dhabi and with Thomson Cruises around Greece and Turkey. Equally happy in a stadium or small local hotel or bowling club, Bob is perfectly at home performing up close to Rod Stewart fans wherever they are.
Bob started playing music in 1972, just about the time Rod Stewart was becoming one of the biggest stars in the world of rock and pop. The vocal range and natural resemblance to Rod make it easy to see why he chose this musical career, and Bob has followed Rod's progress since the Long John Baldry days of the sixties.
A love for showbiz is obvious from Bob's performances which are both energetic and colourful. You'll love the costumes. You'll certainly love the choice of Rod Stewart songs taken from rock & pop collections over the years.
The modern PA system and sensational lighting add even more sparkle to this self-contained solo show with professionally edited backing tracks. The show makes a great night on its own with over TWO HOURS of non-stop hits, or a shorter set of songs can be used to enhance any cabaret variety show.
The music of Rod Stewart is an intriguing mixture of styles, drawn from Rod's love of soul music, sprinkled with some blues, folk and rock, then performed in his own unique way with outstanding trademark vocals.
In the Rod Stewart Tribute by Bob Wyper you will hear many of the great favourites given the full treatment for the enjoyment of any audience... and some of the brand new songs as well.
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Rod Stewart Tribute by Bob Wyper
We've seen all the weird and wonderful names that tribute acts can dream up, some more original and more palatable than others, but it would be disrespectful to use a sideshow name for a headline artiste like Rod Stewart, so Bob decided to tell it like it is... it's a tribute to Rod Stewart... and it's performed by Bob Wyper.... that simple....
Bob has been around the music scene since 1972, meeting and working with all types of musicians... some famous, some who should be famous one day... all valued for their input to his musical education.
INFLUENCES: Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, Yes, The Beatles, Muse, Fats Waller, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Prince, Alice Cooper...
and on a local level, guys like Clark Sorley, Spike (Tom Bayne), Colin Kennedy, Philip Brown, Rod Earl... all these guys were brilliant at what they did, and they infected all the local musicians in the Ayrshire area with their quality... same with the sixties/seventies influences like Tom Brown, Billy Bryant and all the guys who pioneered the local music scene at the Sandrianne in Kilmarnock in the seventies.
Then all those brilliant local musicians who made it to an even higher level with international hits... people like Eddi Reader with Fairground Attraction and Eurythmics, Mike Ogletree with Simple Minds and Fiction Factory, Stevie Cusack with Kissing The Pink, Clark Sorley with The Lotus Eaters, Robbie Gray and all the lads in The Dead End Kids... and more recently, the boys in Biffy Clyro, all inspiring other musicians to have a go and do it properly.
There is a lot of hype in this business... and I have been part of it in the past. For years I have listened to people say they are 'The Ultimate This' ... the 'King of That' ... 'The World's Best Such n Such'... when some of them are, in fact, quite ordinary.
Let's face it.... if we were THAT good, people would be doing tributes to us...
In reality, tribute artistes are good entertainers doing a good job... ENTERTAINING AN AUDIENCE... and we get paid for doing something we love. That's the real bonus... My only wish is that some of the tribute acts would put on a better performance of the star they are portraying... maybe spending more time on the presentation, costume and lighting. That way, the whole tribute industry will improve and higher standards will mean more work for all tribute acts and better entertainment for the audiences.
THAT is why I rehearse and revise my show... to make it the best act it can be, and hopefully get asked back for more shows at a later date. I am not the Ultimate anything... but I'll give anyone a run for their money as an entertainer at this level... and I am not one of those amateurs who will turn up with a microphone 5 minutes before a show, pull on a wig and say 'Where do I plug in?'... NO...with Bob Wyper, you get the full package... effort... style.... equipment... more effort.... top songs.... it means I get compared to some of the best acts, and that surely is the target... not to be someone who is just going through the motions.
I buy the right clothes to give people a visual impression of Rod Stewart... Maggie and I arrive 2 hours early to build a stage setting in the venue, to lift it a little by adding professional lighting, starcloth, silk decorations and props... I practise and review the show constantly to improve vocal presentation and movements, giving a better idea of the real artiste at work... I ask fans which songs they prefer and try to include what is more popular, not what is easier to sing or what I like myself (although I like them anyway)... I do all of these things because I am a full-time entertainer with some values...
So, if anyone wants to book a professional, reliable, hard-working and reasonably talented performer with his own hair (I am asked that every week), phone me here on 01563 527549 for a chat about any show planned for the next 12 months. I will try to accommodate any request for a show in UK or beyond.
No need for badges saying 'Best Rod Stewart Tribute' or 'Ultimate Rod Stewart Impersonator'.... the audience decides after every song... they give applause if it worked for them, and I am guided by that alone.
Let's hope we all get back to raising standards, having loads of fun and making new friends.
Hope to meet you at a show soon. Bob.
Just a couple of photos that turned up from recent concerts in Plymouth and Townholm bowling club... we joined them together to save space. (to avoid confusion, please note that it was Rod who was in Plymouth)
Oh, and that's my backdrop, not Rod's. I had it at least a month before him, so maybe there are spies lurking on this website.
Bet Rod didn't get his backdrop in IKEA though... and his is 60 feet high rather than the 6 feet I have.