Hollywood U2 : Even Better than the Real Thing


Hollywood U2 
Joe Hier – Bono
C.J. Macchia – The Edge
Steve Judd – Larry Mullen, Jr.
Mikhail Davies – Adam Clayton

It happened again. “ The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” hosted by Katie Daryl for AXS.TV presented yet another incredible band at the Roxy last night, Hollywood U2.  Wow and wow. These guys blew the roof off with their engaging performance of U2s greatest and best-loved songs. Starting the set with the apropos “Even Better than the Real Thing”, Joe Hier immediately captured the audiences attention with his Bono-esque swagger and iconic look.   

Musically, the band held their own. C.J. Macchia emulated The Edge’s signature guitar sounds and riffs as he stood stoically in the mist of the smoke-filled stage and Steve Judd and Mikhail Davies, who provided the solid backbeat, played their parts convincingly. C.J. and Joe fed off each other with crowd pleasing stage antics as they wrestled to the ground and Joe swinging a large stage light towards C.J. and then flashing it into the crowd, all while the audience went crazy singing the songs and reaching out their hands to the band.

The night ended with “Where the Streets Have No Name.” And as the audience inched closer to the stage and Joe Hier jumped on top of the monitor, there was an uncanny sense that you were actually watching Bono spur the crowd to join in as he took command of the house.  What a thrilling end to an awesome show.  These guys are maybe even better than the real thing.

Set List
Even Better Than the Real Thing                      
Until the End of the World                               
Bullet the Blue Sky
New Year’s Day                                             
Sunday Bloody Sunday                        
Beautiful Day                                                   
The Sweetest Thing
With Or Without You                                      
All I Want is You
Where the Streets Have no Name


Hollywood U2 tours both nationally and internationally, has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows around the country and is deemed The World’s Leading U2 Tribute Band. After 10 years, these guys are certainly the real thing when it comes to tribute bands and they know how to entertain a crowd. Hollywood U2 is available for all sorts of private and public events: corporate events, summer concerts in the park, weddings, birthday parties (lots of 40th’s), fundraisers, premiers and pre and post U2 concert celebrations. But I think after their mind-blowing performance on AXS.TV they may be in very high demand. My recommendation is to see them as soon as you can.

AXS.TV “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” hosted by @Katie Daryl airs Mondays at 8PM and 11PM.  Tickets are FREE and can be purchased at EVENTBRITE. These shows are hugely popular so you’re urged to get to The Roxy early.  There’s ONLY one more show for Season 1:  Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) June 10.

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