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Best Tribute Band Phoenix 2008 - UnSkinny Bop

Very few tribute bands attain such a degree of national success that members of the original band recognize or perform with the tribute band or such that the tribute band is able to sustain itself on a national tour. There are The Atomic Punks (a tribute to Roth-era Van Halen) and Led Zepagain (Led Zeppelin tribute), both from California. And there is UnSkinny Bop, the nation's foremost Poison tribute band, from right here in Phoenix. The band not only physically resembles '80s-era Poison — right down to the big hair, lipstick, and spandex — but does a pretty amazing re-creation of Poison's sound live, too. UnSkinny Bop is so sincere in its spot-on renditions of Poison songs that the band actually records the covers and posts the audio files on the UnSkinny Bop Web site. The band is so sublimely imitative of the original that — prior to Poison's reuniting — promoters were looking to book UnSkinny Bop to open shows for Poison's fellow '80s hair-metal acts Warrant and Firehouse. UnSkinny Bop recently returned from a national jaunt called the Bad Boys 2008 Tour and is currently unleashing its brand of jock 'n' roll at a Valley club near you.

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andy
andy

HAVE YOU SEEN A PHOENIX BAND NAMED KISSMANIA THIS IS ONE TRIBUTE BAND TO BEAT I HAVE SEEN MY SHARE OF COVER BANDS AND THESE GUYS GO ALL OUT MAKE-UP DRESS LIKE THE REAL DEAL I BELIEVE THEY ARE TOURING CANADA RIGHT BUT WHEN THEY GET BACK I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN EVEN MY KIDS LOVE THEM!

UnSkinny Bop
UnSkinny Bop

Ha! This is great! By the way this is UnSkinny Bop and thanks for all the free press. Just to clarify this is a disgruntled ex-bass player writing these things so we find it amusing. Bottom line is that we have achieved success, have played many shows across the U.S, we HAVE been asked back to open at the Marquee three times but refused because selling tickets is bullshit, Hawaii was on the table and pulled by the promoter which affected us and three other bands.

For the 99% of people out there who support us, thank you. For the 1% (ex-bass player who has screwed over many bands) keep talking about us, it gives us something to laugh about as we are on the airplane to play in Seattle (Dec 13th). Oh wait I thought we did not play outside of Arizona??

Rock ON

UnSkinny Bop.

MIKE
MIKE

JUST TO CLARIFY!!!! I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH THE CHRIS FROM ARIZONA. I AM MERELY CLARIFYING THAT UNSKINNY BOP IS NOT ENDORSED BY MEMBERS OF POISON!!! I HAVE SEEN THEIR PERFORMANCE AND IT IS COMICAL TO SAY THE LEAST. THEY LOOK LIKE BAD DRAG QUEENS NOT 80'S GLAM ROCKERS. I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL POISON TRIBUTES BECAUSE I LOVE POISON!! OUT OF ALL OF THEM; TALK DIRTY, POISON OVERDOSE, POISON'D, POSIN, UNSKINNY BOP, POSIN BY FAR IS THE MOST ACCURATE AND TALENTED POISON TRIBUTE OUT THERE. THEY WERE PICKED TO BE ON VH1'S SURREAL LIFE FOR GOD SAKES!!!! IF YOU LOVE POISON LIKE ME BE SURE TO CHECK THEM OUT. MIKE

Tamrihn
Tamrihn

I don't know about all these "lies" you are spouting off about, but I do know that they are a really great band, probably one of the best live shows in town. I am curious about your guitar friend who says he was in Unskinny Bop. That must have been years ago because Chad has been Unskinny Bop's guitar player for a long long time, 3 or 4 years perhaps. It sounds like your friend is bitter/jealous that they are having success without him. Just my .02

chris
chris

wrong Tamrihn(if that is who you say you are, ha ha)

well I've done my own research in regards to unskinnybop,

and the question still stands which was asked previously, what has unskinnybop accomplished?

Nothing, nada, zip

unskinnybop is an average bar band, and their only accomplishment is that they've opened up for the atomic punks.

and it wasn't a bass player that told me anything about unskinnybop but instead a previous guitar player who previously played in both their poison and bon-jovi tribute bands. I talk to this guy all the time.

it just so happened that I ended up jamming with this guitarist and was in a band with him, who had alot more to say then I ever printed, but most musicians won't deny unskinnybop is not credible.

to summarize what has unskinnybop ever accomplished, other than market themselves with lies?

so yeah there was in depth information in regards to unskinnybop, that was conveyed after jam sessions with this guitarist, but people can do their own research. and you will find that it's obvious unskinnybop is not credible.

what a pathetic typical strategy, you can't deny the truth about unskinnybop, so instead you try to discredit the poster, and put the poster on the defensive instead of unskinnybop answering for their lies.

Tamrihn
Tamrihn

Was it just me or did this "Chris" guy seem to know a lot of intimate details about Unskinny Bop? I highly doubt his name was really Chris. Unskinny Bop is a great band that puts on an awesome show, has good crowds and a party atmosphere. They are always really great to their fans. I know that Unskinny Bop has a former bass player that has posted on Backpage and Craigslist just to bash his former bandmates. I just have to ask, where is he now? Is he the "Chris" posting here?Yes, I know the guys in the band, they are great guys! As to the former bass player: Wash your hair, get a life and move on already! PS: to the Girls, Donnie is very well endowed!

steve
steve

this recently got flagged on craigslist so I'll post it here about unskinnybop.==================================================the Truth police (arizona)Reply to: comm-861249343@craigslist.org [?]Date: 2008-09-30, 12:08PM MST

apparently if you speak the truth on craigslist, there's a possibility you will be flagged.

so be it. the truth will not be denied. flag all you want, this is true.and it's ridiculous to get flagged when you question the credibility of an band that is obviously not credible.

this post was recently flagged:what a load of crap, do you do any type of research scottsdale studios? or does New Times do any type of research?

because this must be an april fools day joke on sept 30th, 2008,

I'm mean New Times is known for doing pranks, that must be what this is. A joke!

unskinnybop use to post ads on craigslist saying all these lies about what they had accomplished, what have they accomplished?

nothing, nada, zip

rarely if ever is anything they say true.

unskinnybop never had anyone who was famous get on stage and play with them, and they've been around for a long time.

yes, they have tried to get gigs with bands such as warrant or firehouse, but their own preponderance of lies have earned unskinnybop a very bad non-credible reputation in the music business and so each and every time they were denied.

in fact their ONLY accomplishment seems to be they were an opening band for the atomic punks.

while it is true they did open for the atomic punks once(big deal, what band hasn't opened for the atomic punks in phoenix) and the fact is they wouldn't have been able to open up for them if they hadn't sold mandatory tickets to the show,FYI: and they lied to sell tickets saying it was for charity, ha ha, so they had to buy their way in to get that opportunity, and lie to people to get them to buy tickets for that show) and it was such a disaster that to this day they have never been asked to open for the the atomic punks again(even though the atomic punks play in Az alot). in fact unskinnybop was told in no uncertain terms to clean up any mess they made from their stageshow after they had been told not to make a mess.(what band has ever been told that?)

so what has unskinnybop ever accomplished, other than market themselves with lies?

they are nothing but a common bar band. they lie about anything they have ever done, including trying to say they would go on an all expense paid trip to perform in hawaii(yes many musicians on craigslist are still waiting for unskinnybop to go to hawaii), they lie about supposedly playing and recording in brazil, never played in japan, or any other destination they have made up going to. so do you get the idea? do just a little research and you'll discover that unskinnybop has no credibility.

unskinnybop can't play anywhere outside the state of Arizona because they end up going in debt and in the red. a friend recently saw their show at a strip club and said "they are nothing but a bunch of old men with nylon and lipstick fetishes".

so if scottsdale studios is going to promote a non-credible band like unskinnybop, then its logical to presume scottsdale studios is somewhat non-credible as well. next time do the necessary research. same with you New Times.

Chris
Chris

I guess you have never seen POSIN before then. POSIN was on VH1's "Serreal Life Season 6" with Poison's CC Deville. CC Deville was even quoted to say,"I have never seen it done better". POSIN also has tour coast to coast, as well as, played Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Canada. They are, "THE ONLY OFFICIAL NATIONAL TOURING POISON TRIBUTE BAND" that is endorsed by Poison themselves.

You can check them out at www.myspace.com/bretmichaelspo... or www.posinweb.com to see for yourselves.

chris
chris

what a load of crap, do you do any type of research New Times?unskinnybop use to post ads on craigslist saying all these lies about what they had accomplished, none of it was true.unskinnybop never had anyone who was famous get on stage and play with them, and they've been around for a long time. oh they have tried to get gigs with bands such as warrant or firehouse, but their own preponderance of lies have earned unskinnybop a very bad non-credible reputation in the music business and so each and every time they were denied.while it is true they did open for the atomic punks once(big deal, what band hasn't opened for the atomic punks in phoenix) and the fact is they wouldn't have been able to open up for them if they hadn't sold mandatory tickets to the show, and they lied to sell tickets saying it was for charity, ha ha, so they had to buy their way in to get that opportunity) and it was such a disaster that to this day they have never been asked to open for the the atomic punks again. in fact they were told to clean up any mess they made from their stageshow.(what band has ever been told that?)they are nothing but a common bar band. they lie about anything they have ever done, including trying to say they would go on an all expense paid trip to perform in hawaii(yes many musicians on craigslist are still waiting for unskinnybop to go to hawaii), lie about supposedly playing and recording in brazil, never played in japan, or any other destination they have made up going to. so do you get the idea? do just a little research and you'll discover that unskinnybop has no credibility.

unskinnybop can't play anywhere outside the state of Arizona because they end up going in debt and in the red. they are nothing but a bunch of old men with nylon and lipstick fetishes.

so if New Times is going to promote a non-credible band like unskinnybop, then its logical to presume New Times is somewhat non-credible as well. next time due the necessary research.

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