DELAFIELD - Aaron Heffernan, the lead vocalist of Shattered, a
Rolling Stones tribute band, said he and fellow band members
are excited to be returning to the SummerStage outdoor
performing arts stage at Lapham Peak Park for a night of rock
‘n’ roll under the stars.
absolutely delighted to be back at this amazing venue, to
support local performing arts,” he said. “What’s
particularly special about playing at SummerStage is this
feeling you get when you’re out in this natural
amphitheater, playing music to people who share your passion
for supporting locally grown talent in our region, and who are
there to just have a ripping good time.”
said ever since the band formed back in 2002, it was their aim
to produce the sound, feel and vibe of one of the greatest
rock bands of all time.
we come pretty darn close,” he said. “Over the years,
we’ve had the great fortune to support some really fantastic
causes, such as Guitars for Vets, the Medical College of
Wisconsin and the United Performing Arts Fund at all kinds of
venues around southeast Wisconsin.”
said from stages as small as a trailer home to numerous gigs
at Summerfest and State Fair, it’s this great mixture of the
wide open natural setting, and this special intimacy that
happens between the band and audiences is something you have
to feel to fully appreciate.
from the friendships we’ve developed with one another after
playing together for 12 years, what’s really rewarding is
working hard on something that you enjoy deeply, being able to
share it with a whole bunch of people who feel the same way
you do,” he said. “Having
that mutual experience go on and benefit a worthy cause like
putting guitars in the hands of veterans, or supporting cancer
research, or keeping an amazing local musical tradition alive
like the one we have here at SummerStage, it’s extremely
said each of the band members is passionate about the Stones,
mostly because most of them were raised on that type of music.
just something primal about it that hits you on a gut
level,” he said. “No other band besides The Beatles has
had a more profound impact on the shape and feel of classic
rock than the Stones, and there’s no thrill like pretending
to be them for two hours. But not in a lame, Vegasey, carbon-
copy kind of way that’s all about us trying to convince you
that we sound just like them.”
said you can play all the right notes, wear the football pants
and try to make all the dumb dance moves but a good tribute
act has to perform from a real genuine place of appreciation
for the music in order to move the crowd.
tell you, the crowd at SummerStage can move.”
Davis, who is on the board of directors for SummerStage, said
the outdoor theater is a unique outdoor performance venue for
a band like Shattered.
venue is unique because it is outdoors in the middle of a
state forest just off the lighted ski and hiking trail
surrounded by nature,” he said.
the last few years, we’ve grown from a small wooden stage to
a larger stage with a roof, with a backstage room, stage
lights, a concession stand, a tech booth, and a picnic area
with a large picnic tent,” he said.