Hold The Line: a Tribute to ToTo
80s Tribute Band(4 Reviews)
Based In: Denver, Colorado
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HTL will perform up to 2 hours of songs with PA and Lights provided by client. We will bring all backline, sent stage plots and riders, and appropriate contracts, with some deposit required to lock in dates on certain performances. Great communication is key to success on both ends.
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Hold The Line: a Tribute to ToTo, based in Denver, CO was formed under the name Surrender Dorothy in late September of 2020 by Bill Thode (keyboards). He, his good friend Ron Perron (bass), and drummer friend Joe Morton gathered in search of a lead guitarist and lead vocalist. After a lengthy audition process of a few guitarists and several vocalist candidates, Bob Croft (guitars) and Shane Russell (vocalist) from MS auditioned on the same day. The chemistry was electric. Soon after, the band changed its name to Hold The Line. To add the finishing touch 6 month ... s later, Alton King (keys n vocals) joined to give an even closer representation of ToTo. Now selling out every show, HTL is humbled to bring world-class musicianship to the masses! HTL has relatives of Bobby Kimball (original lead vocalist of ToTo), LA session musicians with world-touring experience, and a spectacular 2 hr performance of hits and collaborations!
Shane Russell-Lead Vocals
Done around 3,500 shows nationwide and on cruise ships. Been a vocalist in Journey, Foreigner, and U2 tributes among others. Was signed with TMG Records, charted #99 on Bilboard A/C charts in 2012 with singles reaching over 8 million listeners.
Bill Thode- Keyboards/Vocals
Classically trained, member of Steely Dan tributes. Prominent Denver lawyer. Founded HTL.
Ron Perron- Bass/Vocals
Performed in many LA based bands. Is a member of a Beatles tribute and many more.
Joe Morton- Drums
Published author with international music and session credits like Eta James, Al Jarreu, Ambrosia, BB King. Full time drum teacher and former LA session player.
Bob Croft- Guitar/Vocals
Guitar teacher at CU, full time independent guitar teacher. Written several scores for ESPN, and television shows. Bobby Kimball's 2nd cousin (ToTo original vocalist).
Alton King- 2nd Keys/Vocals
Member of longtime tribute Message in a Bottle with The Police longtime tour manager promoting among others.
Reviews (4 Reviews)
Hold The Line has performed at such prestigious events as:
Buffalo Rose- Golden, CO (Sold Out)
Soiled Dove Underground- Denver, CO (Sold Out)
Bobstock Music Festival- Fort Morgan, CO (5000 ppl)
Wild Goose Saloon- Parker, CO
Warehouse (Roots Music Project)- Boulder, CO
Mentor Rocks- Mentor, OH
HTL was humbled by its first two shows selling out and then performing for over 5,000 people at the third show. We've been invited back to all our venues so far and have several new bookings through out 2022.
Anniversary Party Bachelor / Stag Party Birthday Party (Adult) Casinos Charity / Fundraising Event Christmas Party Club Party Concerts / Tours Conference / Meeting Corporate Event Cruise Ships Dinner Party Engagement Party Halloween Party Hotel Event New Year's Eve Party Nightclub Event Private Party Prom Night Theaters / Stage Trade Show / Exhibitions Wedding Reception
Meet the Act
In September, 2020, Bill Thode, keyboards, set out to found a Tribute Band, focusing on the music of Toto, a band that inspired him with their songs and musicianship. Bill contacted Ron Perron, bassist, and placed ads in local musicians sites for drummers, guitarists, and vocalists. We found Joseph Morton shortly thereafter, and Joe had had a personal experience involving Jeff Porcaro, original Toto drummer and an all time great, that had him highly motivated to honor Jeff’s legacy. He quickly became “the guy” on drums. Auditions can be a grind, as musical organizations go through lots o
... f folks in the process who don’t quite fit, for a variety of reasons. We had some wonderful auditions, but weren’t able to fill the positions of guitar and vocals, until…
Bill got a response from Shane Russell, a very experienced vocalist. There was only one issue. Shane lives in Mississippi. And contrary to popular belief, it’s nearly impossible to audition, never mind rehearse effectively, on Zoom. So, Shane flew into Denver to audition on the same day we had Bob Croft audition as guitarist. I think we scared ourselves that day! It was a really potent rehearsal, and we gave each other goosebumps! Band nearly complete…. (stay tuned)
We’ll play our first gig on May 14th, 2021, at the stunningly remodeled Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO. From there, the future is ours to see…
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