dent Randy Slama called his playing with "Wanted: The Bon Jovi Tribute Band" "a dream come true."
Slama, who plays guitar (and, by extension, Richie Sambora) in the tribute band, said he has been playing with "Wanted" for about two years and has played guitar for more than 30 years. He said his experiences with "Wanted" "gives me he opportunity to perform music I love at some of the best venues in the Midwest."
n What is one aspect about your job that many people might not know?
People don't necessarily understand how much time and effort we spend individually and as a band practicing and preparing for a performance.
n Is this your full-time or "day" job?
This is a passion that has turned into a part-time job, but I hardly think of it as a "job."
n How did you get your start in this position?
I was playing with a group of guys in a "cover" rock band and we came to the sudden realization that we had the ability to emulate Bon Jovi's music particularly well. We made the change to a Bon Jovi tribute band and it was the best thing we ever did.
n What is your most impressive career moment so far?
Having the opportunity to perform at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame after having been selected Cleveland's Best Tribute Band in 2011 by Cleveland Magazine.
n What kind of training do you need to do this job?
I am a self taught guitarist that has put in years of practice to get to where I am at today. My advice to others would be to take guitar lessons to put the necessary building blocks in place and then play from your heart.
n What would your dream come true be?
I would love the opportunity to meet Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi and have them join us on stage. That would be a great privilege and honor.
n Where/when will you be performing in the near future?
We will be kicking off the Rock the Park concert series on June 14 at the Perici Amphitheatre located at 10260 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP Patio Access tickets are $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.rocktheparkconcert.com.