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 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’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 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 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.
MAGIC BUS captures everything that is great about the Rock & Roll genre The WHO helped invent! The lightning of Pete Townshend’s guitar riffs crashing into Keith Moon’s thundering drumming, John Entwistle’s bass galloping in the pocket underneath while Roger Daltrey’s voice soars gloriously overtop. Once you step aboard the MAGIC BUS’s tour throughout the band’s greatest hits, strap in for a ride down the rabbit hole into deeper cuts from the band’s legendary catalog of albums along the way, a fan can’t help but leave a show feeling like they just saw and heard the real thing!
MAGIC BUS melts so convincingly into the music they’re performing that for lead singer Paul Bessa, he admits the most rewarding and in the same time “the most challenging part for me channeling Roger Daltrey is performing the numbers with all the energy it takes to pull those off emotionally, and then to bounce back having to play the acoustic guitar or piano when my body’s actually shaking.”
Taking fans out of their seats and back to their teenage years when Pete Townshend first introduced the world to “a deaf, dumb, blind kid who sure played a mean pinball,” Don Joray – who if you had your eyes closed you’d swear was Pete himself, reveals that “what I love about Pete’s playing is how he seamlessly combines extremely complex compositions with just sheer raw aggression and natural feel. His guitar solos are very much chord driven unlike most other players who bass solos from scales.”
Keeping the spirit of Keith Moon alive and well behind the beat, while the band is capable of performing ANY of the Who’s Rock Operas from front to back fluently, he gets the biggest kick out of rocking the rhythm throughout the classic ‘Quadrophenia’ concept album, explaining a feeling he shares with the audience where ” the music flows from song bite to song bite making for a masterful piece of music. I always feel tingles when we end our performance!” Those performance highlights have featured starring on stages whether at BB King’s world-famous club Lucille’s in Times Square NY or the Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman ME before hundreds of appreciative fans. MAGIC BUS will have you on your feet too, and will entertain a crowd of any size, for any occasion. Check the band online at or https://www.facebook.com/magicbuswhotribute .
Have you ever seen a band channel one of your Rock & Roll heroes so convincingly that it might as well have been the real thing? With MAGIC BUS, WHO fans are given just that vivid and thrilling live listening experience tour throughout the legendary British rock band’s musical arcadia, from ‘Pinball Wizard’ to ‘Quadrophenia’ and every era in-between.
Brought to life by Paul Bessa (Roger Daltrey), who fronts the band on Lead Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica and Don Joray (Pete Townshend) – who, doing the wheel spin on Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals, muses that his life “as a musician has come full circle and has a big upward facing arrow attached to it. The Who are the reason I started playing guitar and what really got me into music . I think it is important that we not just trying to replicate the songs, we are trying to replicate the power and intensity of a vintage Who show.” Keeping the pulse of the band’s equally (legendary) rhythm section is Rich Pierpont (John Entwistle) – known from the stage as Thunder Fingers – and Mike Meservey (Keith Moon) keeping the band’s legendary pocket on bass and drums while sharing harmony vocal duties, MAGIC BUS takes fans back on a British invasion of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’rs Greatest Hits! Don highlights ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ as his favorite 6-string journey of Townsend’s to pull off live for all its technical complexities simply because “it is the definition of EPIC and induces goose bumps every time I hear or play it! I love ‘5:15’ because it has such a great groove, it never fails to get the crowd moving!” Bringing the bass fully to life whether he’s ” breaking down and deciphering the bass runs” or “flirting around the octaves while covering the whole fretboard,” Rich keeps the bass groove locked down on fan favorites like ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘The Real Me’ enjoying the “challenge and reward of emulating Entwistle’s style, which leaves room for interpretation and freedom within the parameters. When he’s belting classic after Who classic out of the mic, Paul loves pushing Roger Daltrey’s legendary lyrics to their emotional peaks both vocally and emotionally, highlighting as his “favorite songs to perform by The Who as ‘Who Are You’ and ‘The Dirty Jobs’ because there’s a certain desperation to them that hits a bone with me. ” Slipping with equal animation that was Keith Moon visually behind his drum kit every time he sat down to play, Mike confesses that for as well as he knows Moon’s catalog as a listener, “you can’t appreciate his genius until you learn his unpredictable style!”, adding for his own part that when making up the band’s set-list, “it I had to pick two Who songs that really make it for me they would ‘Bargain’ and the instrumental ‘Quadrophenia.’ The way Moon builds the drum part on ‘Bargain’ is unlike anything he ever recorded!”
Bringing those recordings to life with an authenticity the band drives home with each and every performance, MAGIC BUS has brought the band’s greatest hits to new generations of WHO fans on stages both small and large alike, even using their considerable talents to entertain the Veterans as headliner for the “House In The Woods” in Lee ME, Hard Rock Cafe in Boston MA, Augusta Waterfront Concert Series, Center Theater in Dover Foxcroft ME, Plazapalooza in Stratton ME, and the Widowmaker Lounge at the Sugarloaf Ski Resort! Book the band for your next event at or https://www.facebook.com/magicbuswhotribute.