MAGIC BUS / “THE WHO” TRIBUTE BAND
THE WHO, one of rock’s most iconic bands, made the charts in 1964 with the hit ‘Can’t Explain.’ That was the beginning of their amazing journey. Still performing 50 years later it’s hard not to hear their music on the radio, in commercials or television theme songs.
MAGIC BUS captures the sound and feel of The Who. They will take you on a tour of The Who covering songs from ‘My Generation’ to ‘Who Are You.’ They’ll perform select songs from the rock opera ‘Tommy’ and ‘Quadrophenia.’ More notable are the performances of the music from the album ‘Who’s Next.’ If the show is 45 minutes or 3 hours MAGIC BUS can deliver The Who.
Paul Bessa (Roger Daltrey)
SINGER, PIANO, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, HARMONICA
Paul comes from the New York area and is now living in Portland for the past 10 years. His introduction to music began with drums at 15 and then after that he taught himself piano and guitar. He’s played in several rock bands growing up listening to Led Zeppelin, Beatles and such. In 1997 he got a recording contract in Hollywood of his own music. Living in Portland he gives vocal lessons and performs the music of The Who. His vocal style sounds like Daltrey’s and with Paul’s talent on acoustic guitar, keyboards and harmonica each song is rich with sound.
Don Joray (Pete Townshend)
LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS
Don’s life as a musician has come full circle and that circle has a big upward facing arrow attached to it! When he was around 12 his whole life changed when he happened upon ‘The Kids Are Alright‘ while flipping thru the TV channels. As soon as he witnessed the power and presence of The Who his life’s dream was clear…Rock Star!
Don is originally from Connecticut where was a fixture in the late 80’s and 90’s metal scene having several brushes with rock stardom, playing major label showcases at CBGB’s etc…The big break always seemed to be right around the corner. However, one band breakup after another slowly chipped away at his dream. Eventually Don moved to Maine, in part to escape the rat race of label chasing and to figure out “what next?”
One day while searching thru classifieds (in hopes of finding a new musical endeavor that would be based on the love of the music) he stumbled on Magic Bus! His whole life was once again changed…by The Who! He now has the honor of emulating the man he considers the most responsible for his life’s path…Pete Townshend. So now Don’s Alright, “The Kids are Alright”, We’re All Alright!
Mike Meservey (Keith Moon)
DRUMMER, BACKUP VOCALS
Mike was born with drum sticks in his hands. After his parents gave him his first drum it has been chaos from day one. Playing in bands traveling six states and two countries Mike honed his craft. Hearing Who tunes all his musical life he now takes on the high-profile part of drummer Keith Moon.
Mike has studied Moon’s drumming and say’s “It’s an ongoing process. Keith is like a big band drummer in a rock band. You can’t appreciate his genius until you learn his unpredictable style.” Mike is the “Bellboy”.
Rich Pierpont (John Entwistle)
BASSIST, BACKUP VOCALS
Rich steps up to the job of bassist John Entwistle. His many times great-grandfather wrote ‘Jingle Bells‘, and his father was in a competitive “Barbershop Quartet”. After not getting blessed with any of those particular musical genes, luckily there was a bass clef gene still kicking around. Blessed with an ear for music and ten nimble fingers, although a baker’s dozen would have made the task at hand much easier, the journey had begun. With blisters under callus, and groves in his fingertips… it’s back to the future, flirting around the octaves emulating the great “Thunder Fingers”. Rich is endorsed by CP Thornton Guitars.
ALBUMS COVERED IN PART
- MY GENERATION (1965)
- A QUICK ONE (1966)
- THE WHO SELL OUT (1967)
- TOMMY (1969)
- LIVE AT LEADS (1970)
- WHO’S NEXT (1971)
- QUADROPHENIA (1973)
- WHO BY NUMBERS (1975)
- WHO ARE YOU (1978)
- FACE DANCES (1981)
- IT’S HARD (1982)