Best Cover Act or Tribute Band
Hot for Teacher
There are cover bands and then there are tribute bands. The East Bay's Hot for Teacher, formed in 1999 to pay homage to the classic David Lee Roth era of Van Halen, features not only old-school music but is fronted by an actual teacher, hence the name. The wildly entertaining singer Randy Monroe, a middle-school science teacher by day, pours much energy and enthusiasm into becoming Roth. Along with guitarist Jude Gold, bassist Jesse Scott, and drummer Eddie Studebaker, Monroe and co. take their act on the road quite often, due to demand. Hot for Teacher has played most of the Western US and has upcoming shows from San Francisco to Montana. The next time the urge strikes to hear "Somebody Get Me a Doctor" or "Runnin' With the Devil" live, and if you like VH but prefer to skip the Sammy Hagar years, a trip to see HFT is in order.