Hotel California – The Original Tribute To The Eagles (Canada)
When The Eagles stopped to catch their breath a few decades ago, having sold over 100 million records, collected six Grammy’s, and enjoyed six #1 albums, Hotel California began a pioneering journey through their history-making music that has taken them around the globe and thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans. It’s been a journey they could never have imagined back in 1986, but their dedication, unique musical gifts, and an obsessive commitment to doing this legendary music true justice in performance, set them apart from the many Eagles bands that came after them. Hotel California toured relentlessly from the 80’s straight through to today, setting the standard for world-class tribute productions as they went, and sharing stages with the likes of The Doobie Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gretchen Wilson, REO Speedwagon, and many more. From Japan to Dubai, Toronto to Texas, Hotel California has boldly taken the tribute band where none had gone before them, and changed an industry’s collective mind about how good a “tribute” band could really be.
Today Hotel California continues to tour internationally, and their stage show has evolved into one of the most impressive and popular productions on the North American soft-seat and festival circuits. Featuring original members within their strongest lineup to date, the band is enjoying what they do today more than ever - and it sure sounds like it! It won’t take you long to hear why legions of Eagles fans come back to see them time after time, and the top venues & festivals have them back again and again. The easy-going warmth that comes from the band onstage exemplifies the Southern California sound of the 1970’s. The experience of a Hotel California show isn’t just about the band – it’s about celebrating the music and the memories, and the band gets the audiences involved and on their feet! Close your eyes and you’re right back there...
For any band to continually exceed such high expectations this deep into their career, and remain at the top of their field for as long as Hotel California have, is a truly remarkable accomplishment. That’s why when top talent buyers need the proven, absolute highest quality Eagles show in the world, they book the original Hotel California year after year. – Steve Birnstihl, CTA Tributes
The members of Hotel California have also performed in many other touring bands, such as The Guess Who, April Wine, Glass Tiger, Coney Hatch, and Foot In Cold Water.
Andy Lapointe – Bass & Vocals: Andy sings the Joe Walsh & Randy Meisner Eagles songs in HC’s show, such as ‘Take it to the Limit’ and ‘Rocky Mountain Way’. He has been with Hotel California since 1987, and has performed literally thousands of shows with the band. There’s no stopping Andy and his infectious energy, strong vocals, or his sublime bass playing. Even after all these years, Andy is enjoying HC’s touring schedule more than ever.
Mike Dimoulas / Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Double Neck Guitar, Talk Box & Vocals:
The original member of the group, Mike plays multiple instruments with Hotel California, and everything he plays is very true to The Eagles sound. His middle name could’ve been “authentic”, and Mike is the real McCoy on guitars. He’s meticulous (to put it mildly) about his work, and his sound today is the result of many years of refinement in recreating The Eagles’ signature guitar parts. He’s been in the band since it was formed in 1986, and it would be easier to list the places Mike hasn’t played.
Al Langlade / Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, & Vocals: Al has been a staple of the Canadian touring scene for over 35 years. He has the uncanny ability to emulate a great many famous singers like Robert Plant, Steve Perry, Barry Gibb and of course Randy Meisner and Timothy Schmitt. Al is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, studio and live sound engineer, with a multitude of albums to his credit, but firstly Al is a performer. Making sure an audience enjoys the live experience is foremost for Al.
Jay Riehl / Drums & Vocals: An incredible Don Henley sound-alike, Jay brings an incredible amount of energy to the stage. Audiences can't get enough of his presence live! He has been playing drums since the age of 2, and in addition to making records, producing and touring globally, Jay has been awarded 5 Gold and 5 Platinum Status Records. He has worked with Justin Bieber, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Brian Dennehy, Tommy Hunter, Steven Page, The Stratford Festival, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Paul Gross, Simon Callow, The Creators, djkillers, John Landry, Jim Witter and Farmer's Daughter, to name only a few.