From AC/DC to Bon Jovi, tribute band Members Only covers music from the 1980s with style. The band’s show last Thursday night kicked off with a cover of “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince and the Revolution.
“We had a great audience tonight,” said frontman Brent Thornton. “The crowd here at ESU was a lot of fun to play for.”
The cover band hails from Springfield, Mo. and consists of lead singer Thornton, keytarist and keyboard player Will Clark, guitarists Seth Jaegar and Zach McClease, drummer Justin Gabossi and bass player Sam Adkins.
The band’s onstage consists of garb and pop culture pieces that includes nearly every ’80s hair metal standard from big blonde wigs to Spandex. The Members Only logo is similar to the logo of Van Halen and the typeface of “Top Gun.”
Members Only played a 90 minute set, covering songs from AC/DC, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Devo, Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Michael Jackson, Prince and Van Halen. The band returned to the stage with an encore that included a performance of “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.
Thornton said the band likes to present a more interactive show. The lead singer opted to go out into the audience on several songs, rather than give an “onstage only performance,” and at one point he leapt offstage during their cover of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name.”
Adkins said Members Only plays shows every week all over the Midwest. Jaegar said the band usually tours “starting from Springfield, then everywhere from Iowa to Texas.” Clark occasionally plays live shows in Branson, Mo.
“We will have been playing for four years next month,” Gabossi said.
McClease said the band is just short of 4,500 fans on their official Facebook page. During the show, he encouraged audience members to “like” their page.
“There have been plenty of bruises along the way,” Clark said, “but it’s been a lot of fun, and we love what we do.”
The Union Activities Council host the free event.
“UAC has about two or three free music events every semester,” said junior biochemistry and molecular biology major Carlos Urgiles. “The events are chosen by the UAC music committee.”
Urgiles said there are currently open seats in UAC, and they are looking for students who want to get involved in campus activities to fill those seats.