Charity show to feature rock-star impersonations


The show will benefit the Warren Family Mission.

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

VINDICATOR ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

WARREN — AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Green Day and Journey will perform at a benefit concert coming to Packard Music Hall.

Well, OK, not really.

But the Frank Fordeley Family Band-Illusions of Rock Stars will impersonate all those legendary acts in the show Saturday.

All proceeds from the event will go to Warren Family Mission. Four guitars, a drum kit and a trumpet, all of which Fordeley donated, will be raffled off at the show. Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will kick off the show.

Fordeley has been doing his act for years and has given countless benefit concerts for charities. Since his band is comprised of family members, he thought it would be a natural to do a show for the Warren Family Mission.

The owner of Fordeley Music in Champion has been involved in music since he was a small child and can play just about every instrument. The Packard show will fulfill a goal Fordeley set as a child.

“When I was 14, I saw Eric Carmen and the Raspberries at Packard Music Hall,” he said. “From that moment, it became my goal to play Packard.” The Saturday show will bring that dream to fruition. “It will be my first time on that stage,” he said.

In his Illusions of Rock Stars show, Fordeley dresses the part as he impersonates the likes of Angus Young of AC/DC and Steve Perry of Journey. His band performs several numbers by each group, taking short breaks between sets to change into the next character.

Fordeley — who has played concerts with the likes of Rick Springfield, David Lee Roth and Smash Mouth — explained how the whole thing got started.

“I did impersonations when I was a kid, like Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino and Horshack from ‘Welcome Back Kotter’,” he said, giving quick samples to prove his point. “Everybody loved them. They would gather around me, and be like ‘Do Fonzie.’”

Combining his musical and impersonation talents was a logical next step.

“Paul Stanley of KISS was asked how the band came up with its act, and he said, ‘We decided to do something that no one else was doing,’” he said.

Fordeley took the same approach. There are tribute bands everywhere, but none who do a variety of impersonations in the same show.

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