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Best Cover Band 

Zoo Station

Dublin may be home to U2, but we've got the next best thing: Zoo Station. Composed of four U2 lookalikes, this tribute band almost perfectly mimics the hard-rockin', ethereal noise of the Irish supergroup itself. On the dinky stages of San Francisco's Guinness-soaked pubs, Zoo Station manages to rival U2's live-concert charisma. Singer Bonalmost easily hits the legendary high notes of U2's The Joshua Tree days. By his side at stage right stands the stoic Sledge, who works the ax about as well as Edge himself. He sends layers of effects, echoes, and distortion soaring to the 10-foot ceiling and will shiver the spine of any U2 fan. Meanwhile, bassist Adamesque double-tasks on backup vocals and drummer Barely Larry whacks away like the muscle-armed man of the real band. Yeah: It's not really U2, but where else these days can you hear each of their songs live, from A to Z, for a $15 cover?


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