The Dan Band brings foul-mouthed tunes to Hard Rock Lake Tahoe
If you go
What: The Dan Band
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17
Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Tickets: Sold out
Parents: Let your children curse.
At least that’s the advice from Dan Finnerty, the lead singer of the Dan Band, the foul-mouthed comedy act made famous by appearances in the movies “Old School” and “The Hangover.” Finnerty jokingly blamed his childhood as an altar boy who wasn’t allowed to curse for his current occupation as the lead singer of the group, which has made a living by subtly (and not so subtly) inserting expletives into woman-centric anthems like Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman.”
The group performs Saturday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl venue.
It’s “I Am Woman” that actually launched Finnerty’s career as a musician. A spontaneous performance of the song at a karaoke bar attracted attention from attendees, leading Finnerty to borrow a friend’s band for a few performances. The gag reached promoters at Los Angeles’ Viper Room, and Finnerty was eventually able to book regular shows in New York and L.A. The Dan Band’s big break came when director Todd Phillips caught a performance and put Finnerty in 2003’s “Old School,” leading to the act’s emergence as a nationally known act.
While the “dude singing female-centric songs” bit was mostly attracting the ladies-night-out set, after “Old School” bros began dominating the audience, something Finnerty joked about during a Tuesday phone interview.
“Guys that come to my show look like me at different ages and weights,” Finnerty said with a laugh.
Finnerty has been a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and a member of the group STOMP. The Dan Band released its third album, “The Wedding Album,” last month. The album contains wedding-themed tracks like Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” in the Dan Band style. The album was created in response to the demand, mostly from grooms, for the indecent renditions of wedding staples, Finnerty said.
Finnerty recounted playing a real wedding prior to “Old School” and having it not go so well. A grandma in the front row did not appreciate the Dan Band gag.
“It was awful,” Finnerty said. “We were both horrified.”
A meeting with Journey’s Steve Perry was far more successful, though. Perry, who Finnerty counts among his biggest influences, complimented Finnerty on his vocal abilities, something Finnerty said was the “best day of my life.”
The singer said he’s as surprised as anyone by the group’s continued popularity. His daughter succinctly summed up the group’s ethos when telling her classmates what her dad does for a living.
“My dad swears and sings girl songs in a band,” Finnerty recounted her as saying.
The Dan Band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the show are sold out.
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