Q&A With Never Stop Believin’ | Journey Tribute Band | Broward, Florida



NEVER STOP BELIEVIN’ has been rocking stages all over the U.S. and beyond since its inception in 2008. We bring both the look and sound of Journey in their prime years to each and every show, complete with five-part vocals – the premiere tribute to Journey.

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To assist you in booking Florida Based Journey Tribute Band for your upcoming event, we recently had a Q&A session with them!

Q. What are the most common events that you perform at? A. – We perform at stadiums, such as Roger Dean Stadium (Miami, FL), Digital Domain Stadium (Port St. Lucie, FL), Joker Merchant Stadium (Lakeland, FL), Norfolk Memorial Stadium (Norfolk, VA), Spectrum Field (Clearwater, FL) and, of course, Marlins Park and Dolphins Stadium (Miami, FL). – We also perform at resorts like Pirate’s Cove in Stuart, Florida, The Club at Admiral’s Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida and we recently added Laketown Wharf in Panama City Beach to that list. – As do many professional tribute acts, we also perform in theaters and performing arts centers, such as The Ritz Theater in Tampa, Florida, The Calumet Theater in Michigan’s upper peninsula, the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, the Martin Theater in Panama City Beach, Florida, and we’ll be adding the beautiful Reilly Arts Center in Ocala Florida to that list this August. – In addition, we love to perform at festivals, such as Newport Richey’s Kia Fest and Marco Island’s Seafood Fest. One of our absolute favorites has been Weekends on Webster in North Tonawanda, New York, which we’ve played for six years running. – We play an endless array of Performance Halls in communities such as the Villages in Wildwood, Florida, Valencia Shores in Lake Worth, Florida, the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Georgia and many more. – Likewise, we perform at casinos. Some of our favorites include the Riverwind Casino Showplace Theater, known as one of the best places to see live music in Oklahoma, and the Casino Miami Jai Alai. – We have been known to perform at private parties on occasion. What happens there stays there!– Finally, we have to mention the world famous Daytona Beach Bandshell, where we’ve had the honor of being featured every year since our inception in 2010. That’s always one of our annual highlights, with several thousand cheering audience members, many of whom have become our friends over the years. One of our absolute favourites has been Weekends on Webster in North Tonawanda, New York, which we’ve played for six years running. – We play an endless array of Performance Halls in communities such as the Villages in Wildwood, Florida, Valencia Shores in Lake Worth, Florida, the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Georgia and many more. – Likewise, we perform at casinos. Some of our favorites include the Riverwind Casino Showplace Theater, known as one of the best places to see live music in Oklahoma, and the Casino Miami Jai Alai. – We have been known to perform at private parties on occasion. What happens there stays there!– Finally, we have to mention the world famous Daytona Beach Bandshell, where we’ve had the honor of being featured every year since our inception in 2010. That’s always one of our annual highlights, with several thousand cheering audience members, many of whom have become our friends over the years.

Q. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
A. The members of this band have collectively been successfully navigating the entertainment industry for 177 years:

Gary Bivona:

38 years of experience performing, teaching and recording
Musical Director, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals
Current member of:
The Journey tribute show, Never Stop Believin’ (Musical Director, Sound Engineering,
Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals), 80’s-era Bon Jovi tribute show, Livin’ on a Prayer
(Musical Director, Sound Engineering, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals), the Carpenters
tribute show Yesterday Once More (Keyboards, Sound Engineering and Backing Vocals), the Tony
Bennett tribute show, Gary Bivona Sings Tony Bennett (Lead Vocals), the Frank Sinatra tribute
show, Sinatra Touch (Keyboards and Sound Engineering) and the 60’s – 80’s musical review,
Classic Rewind, (Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals)
Beginning at the age of 14, Gary Bivona began four years of musical instruction with Julliard
professor, Marion Dejesus, studying classical piano and music theory. From there, he began to
get acclimated to the music scene in New York, performing regularly at only 15 years of age.
From 1987 to 1991, Gary was signed to Sony Records and recorded two albums with the band,
Marchello, which had a number seven hit video on MTV. During that period, Marchello toured
with several top acts including Bad Company, Bon Jovi and Meat Loaf. Having moved to South
Florida in 1991, he began a teaching stint that would last for 11 years. He began performing in
various South Florida rock and top-40 venues in 2000. In 2003, Gary acquired five music rooms
and began booking all of their entertainment. Presently, he is performing with his partnership
called Bigtime Tributes, as well as composing and producing a CD project of original material
together with musical collaborator, Kam Falk. He continues to be an integral presence in the
South Florida music scene today.

Clint Ettorre:

35 years of experience performing, teaching and recording
Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Keyboards
B.F.A. in Jazz Performance from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida
Current member of:
The Journey tribute show, Never Stop Believin’ (Guitar and Backing Vocals),
80’s-era Bon Jovi tribute show, Livin’ on a Prayer (Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals), the
Carpenters tribute show, Yesterday Once More (Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals), the Frank
Sinatra tribute show, Sinatra Touch (Guitar and Backing Vocals) and the 60’s – 80’s musical
review, Classic Rewind, (Guitar, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals)
Inspired by the British Invasion and Classic Rock of the 1960’s and 70’s, 13-year-old Clint
Ettorre bought a friend’s unused acoustic guitar for $15.00 and began the “work in progress” that
has been his career as a musician. He spent his time learning from chord books and his older
brother’s record collection at first, then moved up to local cover bands a few years later.
Knowing that future prospects would be limited without any formal training in music, he enrolled
at Florida Atlantic University in 1989 as a Music Performance major. While there, he performed
with jazz combos as well as the 14-piece FAU Jazz Band, applying lessons learned in the
classroom to real-time performance situations on a weekly basis. The experience and lessons
learned in the 3 ½ years that followed have proven invaluable time and again in the 20+ years
since his graduation.

Kam Falk:

39 years of experience performing, teaching and recording
Record Label Owner/Operator, Sound Engineer
Bass (fretted 4-5-6 string, fretless and Palatino Upright Electric Bass, Keyboards and Backing
Vocals
M.A. in Commercial Music Composition and Production from Florida Atlantic University in
Boca Raton, Florida
Current member of:
The Journey tribute show, Never Stop Believin’ , 80’s-era Bon Jovi tribute show, Livin’ on a
Prayer (Sound Engineering, Bass and Backing Vocals), the Carpenters tribute show Yesterday
Once More (Keyboards, Sound Engineering and Backing Vocals), the Tony Bennett tribute show,
Gary Bivona Sings Tony Bennett (Keyboards and Sound Engineering), the Frank Sinatra tribute
show, Sinatra Touch (Bass and Sound Engineering) and the 60’s – 80’s musical review, Classic
Rewind, (Keyboards, Bass, Lead and Backing Vocals)
Kam discovered jazz and fusion music with ispiration from groups such as the Mahavishnu
Orchestra and Weather Report. He was compelled by the evolving role of the electric bass to
become a bassist. He began performing top-40 on bass in the early 1980’s, while earning his
bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In
1986, he took a hiatus from college to travel the world performing on keyboards in a jazz trio
aboard a cruise ship called The Illiria. Having received his undergraduate degree in 1987, Kam
moved to South Florida and opened a teaching and recording facility called Sea Level Studios in
West Palm Beach. Working with the Musicians’ Exchange and other South Florida agencies, he
met many of his current collaborators and continued to perform in Florida and abroad. In 1997,
Kam embarked upon a 17-year stint on the faculty at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale as an
Audio and Multimedia instructor. In 2000, he released his first enhanced CD entitled Native
Tongue, featuring several stellar guests on his original jazz and fusion compositions. This marked
the origin of his independent record label, Falkreations Music (BMI). Since then, he has released
two more solo CD’s and three CD’s by fellow artists on the label, written the Belliger Symphony
in three movements, and graduated with his master’s degree (summa cum laude) in Music
Composition from Florida Atlantic University.

Billy D. Lindley:

30 years of experience performing and recording
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals and Guitar
Associates Degree in Audio Engineering from the Atlanta Institute of Music in Duluth, Georgia
Current member of: The Journey Tribute Show, Never Stop Believin’ (Lead Vocals), 80’s-era Bon
Jovi Tribute Show, Livin’ on a Prayer (Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals and Guitar)
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Billy D. Lindley has honed his craft through the years since the
1970’s to become the master of all voices. He has developed incredible range and can even
perform convincing impersonations of female voices, such as Tina Turner. He is also very adept
at developing both the look and mannerisms of the artists whose work he performs. Clients and
audiences are often shocked when they see that the performer who sang Bon Jovi was equally
convincing as Steve Perry of 80’s Journey. Billy studied audio engineering and production at the
Atlanta Institute of Music. He is dedicated to his art and it shows in each and every performance.
He has successfully arranged shows featuring the greatest hits of such diverse artists as Ozzy
Osborne, Foreigner, Bad Company, Chicago, and many more. Billy is the newest member of the
Titans of Rock, Never Stop Believin’ and Livin’ on a Prayer tributes. He is also a talented guitarist
and session musician.

Jerry O’Malley:

35 years of experience performing, teaching and recording
Drums and Backing Vocals
Studied with drum instructors Dave Wolf of Wolfpack and Steve Rucker of the University of
Miami.
Current member of:
The Journey tribute show, Never Stop Believin’ (Drums and Backing Vocals), 80’s-era Bon Jovi
tribute show, Livin’ on a Prayer (Drums, and Backing Vocals), the Carpenters tribute show
Yesterday Once More (Drums and Backing Vocals), the Tony Bennett tribute show, Gary Bivona
sings Tony Bennett (Drums), the Frank Sinatra tribute show, Sinatra Touch (Drums) and the 60’s
– 80’s musical review, Classic Rewind, (Drums and Backing Vocals)
Jerry O’Malley’s passion for the drums began at age 15 when he happened to sit down at the
drum set which belonged to his brother, Kevin, who has also been a lifelong drummer. For a
while, local garage bands satisfied the fun of playing until he finally decided that he would
become a professional drummer. His instruction began with local drum instructor and performer,
Dave Wolfe, when he was 23 years of age. By the age of 28, he decided that it was time to take
music more seriously and began to take private lessons with the famed Bee Gees drummer, Steve
Rucker, who also taught at the prestigeous University of Miami Frost School of Music. After
studying under Rucker for awhile, Jerry joined the jazz band called Sea Level, where he met
bandmate, Kam Falk. Soon after that, he became the house drummer at the Cheers nightclub in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, performing nightly with South Florida legend, Big Mama Blue. In the
mid-1990’s, Jerry met bandmate Gary Bivona while playing in the all-original rock band,
Shotover. From 1997 until 2007, Jerry held the position of lead drummer for Calvary Chapel in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While there, he performed on the Higher Praise worship CD, You Are
There, recorded in 2004. He has also recorded several drum tracks on Kam Falk’s Retro-Respect,
Native Tongue and Native Tongue II CD’s for Falkreations Music (BMI). He has also been
teaching drums privately for over 15 years. Versatility comes naturally for Jerry, as he has
developed expertise in many genres of music including jazz, blues, rock, gospel and beyond.
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Q. Is there audience interaction in your act? A. There’s always audience interaction at our shows. Our lead singer, Billy D. Lindley, and guitarist, Clint Ettorre, perform with wireless gear so they can easily step down from the stage and interact with audience members and dancers, who often like to help out with the vocals. On the larger stages, our bassist, Kam Falk, performs with wireless gear as well.

Q. What is one of the highlights of your show? A. The highlight of our show has become Clint’s performance of the National Anthem as Neal Schon of Journey. He always performs a stirring rendition that moves the audience – especially our veterans and their families.

Q. What’s your most favourite gig to date and why? A. Without question, one of our greatest moments took place when we did a show in Trinidad to benefit three patients who needed surgery and became recipients through the efforts of a wonderful family, the Mohammeds, who live in Port of Spain, Trinidad. After the performance, for which we were given the proverbial red carpet treatment, our friends the Mohammed family took us out to enjoy some of the amazing indigenous food and even invited us to spend some time with them in their beautiful mountain residence. 

Q. Whereabouts have you played in the country/world?
A, Santo Domingo, Trinidad, Honduras, Georgia, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia Beach, our home base, Florida, and many more national and international locations.

Q. Describe your act in 5 words. A. One show, two amazing tributes. 

Q. What type of occasion/event have you the most experience performing at? A. Festivals. 

Q. Do you have any overtime charges if the event runs late? A. Is the event held indoors or outdoors? If the event is being held outdoors, is there an alternative in case of rain, or is the stage protected? What is the size of the stage, and does the venue meet the power requirements for the band’s sound system and lights? Does the client want continuous music or do they prefer an intermission? What will the travel arrangements and overnight accommodations entail? Will the band be performing self-contained or working with a sound and lighting company? 

Q. Is you act child-friendly? A. Yes.

Q. Do you have any video links on your Profile for a booker to view your act? A. Yes, there are three videos – one is for our show, TITANS OF ROCK, which features both Bon Jovi and Journey Tributes, and the other two feature our mainstay, NEVER STOP BELIEVIN’, which is our Journey tribute. However, we should mention that each tribute, LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER (Bon Jovi) and NEVER STOP BELIEVIN’ (Journey), can also perform as a self-contained, two-hour show.

Q. Can you tailor your act to the booker’s requirements?
A. Yes we have a long history of doing so.

Q. On average, how much do you cost to hire? A. Our price ranges widely depending upon several details, such as whether we are asked to provide sound and lights and the extent of the travel involved. We might perform at one event for $3,500.00 and another for $10,000.00. In any case, we always give it our best effort to work with both agencies and clients as partners and to keep all options affordable. We can, and often do, perform self-contained with our own sound and lights.

Q. Do you have any online reviews a booker can read? A. Yes, some reviews may be found at our official site.

Q. What is the average duration of your act?
A. Normally, we play two one-hour sets with a short intermission. However, that can be customized for each event to be 45 minute sets, continuous, or whatever the client may desire. Sometimes events require the band to break on cure and allow speakers to make announcements, give out awards, take collections at fundraisers, introduce VIP’s, present videos, hold raffles, etc. We always work with clients in order to accommodate the needs for each event.

Q. Are there any cancellation fees? A. We’ve never charged a cancellation fee. However, each booking we make involves a deposit, usually 50%, but not always. If a client cancels with no reasonable notice, they will forfeit their deposit. But, I repeat, it hasn’t ever happened.

Q. What sets your act apart from your competition? A. In a word, it’s quality. We have searched far and wide for a singer who can perform as both Jon Bon Jovi and Steve Perry, and we found a very gifted vocalist in Billy D. Lindley. The band was already tight when he came along, so it was a marriage made in heaven – literally.

Q. Do you have an idea age-range? A. Typically, our act is friendly to audiences of all ages. Bon Jovi appeals to most everyone who grew up in the 80’s, but Journey, in particular, has had one resurgence after another by allowing their classic song, Don’t Stop Believin’, to be featured at sporting events that cater to all ages, and on T.V. shows such as Glee, making the group familiar and appealing to all ages.

Q. What was your worst gig and why?
A. Our worst gig happened in Clearwater, Florida at what used to be known as Bright House Field, and is now known as Spectrum Field. We can name names because the reason it was bad had nothing to do with the venue or us. We had schlepped all of our gear to the stage and set it up early in the afternoon for a sound check and everything was ready to go. The sound company was terrific. Then, a mass of clouds began to move in and it poured rain for the rest of the evening. The concert was cancelled, and even the game was rained out after it had already begun.

Q. How long before the event do you typically arrive at the venue?
A. Most often, we arrive at a venue up to eight hours before a show (sometimes less when not necessary). That allows us time to get checked into a hotel, when applicable, set up our gear, sound check and troubleshoot any problems or other issues that must be addressed without having to scramble. If all goes well, we’ll have a short break before the show.

Q. Do you have an interval?
A. We like major ninths and elevenths… don’t really understand this question.

Q. Are you insured for Public Liability?
A. We looked into maintaining a policy, but found it was more economical to insure ourselves only at those events where it is required. Otherwise, we would often be providing redundant liability insurance for those venues which already have policies that cover our situation.

Q. Do you sell any merchandise?
A. Although we haven’t sold merchandise on gigs, some of the band members have produced CD’s and have distributed them at iTunes. 

Q. If you were to cancel on the day due to an emergency, do you provide a back-up?
A. We have an abundance of contacts in the industry and, in our history of nearly a decade, we’ve managed to meet every obligation for which we’ve been committed.

Q. Are there any other services you offer, such as MC’ing?
A. Yes, we have three band members, each of whom assists with introductions, announcements and MC’ing. Those members are Gary Bivona, our musical director, Billy D. Lindley, our lead singer, and Clint Ettorre, our guitarist.

Q. Do you require a meal?
A. We don’t require a that meals be provided; however, in most cases, food and non-alcoholic drink have been generously offered.

Q. How far in advance would you advise that the booker book you?
A. We have gigs booked well into 2018 at this point, so it’s always a good idea to book as far in advance as possible. There are windows of availability, of course, but many of our events are held on weekends, so they tend to get booked first. Weekday availability much easier for us to accommodate.

Q. Would there be any fees that the booker is not accounting for?
A. Any necessary travel fees are taken into account when the band sets the price for the gig, so there are no hidden charges.

Q. What kind of outfit will you wear?
A. The band dresses in costumes similar to the outfits worn by the original artists, unless otherwise instructed by the agent or client.

Q. Do you use flashing lights in your act?
A. Yes, we typically have a light show, although we can customize it for the client when we are booked to run it ourselves.

Q. Do you require help to set up your equipment/set-up?
A. No – most often, we’re able to set up our own equipment. The only time we need some help is when the stage isn’t accessible to our vehicles. Then we need some help carting the gear to the stage, but we can do the rest from there.

Q. Do you have a back-up plan if there is a malfunction with the equipment?
A. Yes, we generally own two of everything.

Q. Would you say you have a good rapport with your audience?
A. We have a fantastic rapport with our audiences and, in fact, as mentioned earlier, we’ve become close friends with many of the people who follow our shows.

Q. Does your pricing change during popular seasons?
A. Our pricing is affected somewhat by season, but it has much more to do with the specifics of each gig, such as providing sound/lights, covering travel and accommodations expenses, etc. 

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