Hotel California: Eagles tribute band performing May 25 at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMay 24, 2013 

The old adage if it walks like a duck, it talks like a duck, it must be a duck isn't always true.

Not so with Hotel California -- but close.

The Canadian-based quartet of musicians plays all the music of The Eagles and sounds eerily just like The Eagles, but these guys are definitely not Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh or Timothy Schmit.

Hotel California will be the featured band May 25 at a concert at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick.

"I've been an Eagles fan my whole life," said the group's front man Andy Lapointe. "I grew up listing to their music. The Eagles have so many hit songs, and I love all of them."

When the band first started playing together in 1986, being an Eagles tribute band was only a pipe dream.

"But we worked hard to get just the right harmonies, like The Eagles do," he said. "Once we got those down, we never looked back."

Music lovers also will hear a concert by Yesterday, a tribute Beatles band, on May 26.

Both concerts will be in the parking lot overlooking the Columbia River on Clover Island. Showtime is 5 p.m. each day.

Admission to each concert is $20, or $30 for both. Tickets are available at the hotel or by calling 586-0541. The hotel also is offering a package that includes overnight accommodations and admission to the concerts for two for $120.

You must be 21 or older to attend.

Lapointe, 57, says they plan on performing all The Eagles favorites, including Witchy Woman, Take It To The Limit, Lyin' Eyes, Desperado, Tequila Sunrise and Take it Easy.

Lapointe says he and his bandmates, which includes Dean Young on drums, Mike Dimoulas on keyboards and guitar and Rick Spider on guitar and fiddle, have spent the last quarter-century giving their audiences the illusion they are listening to the original Eagles.

"I have so many favorites, I can't choose the one Eagles song I like best," he said. "We've taken their music all over the world -- Bermuda, Dubai, Japan, India -- and everywhere people love the music because we've given them a sound they remember.

"And we all have a good time on stage, always have. It's been a great ride, and I'll do it for as long as my body lets me."


*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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