SANCTUARY: Going The Extra Mile To Honor IRON MAIDEN

Sandy Tomcho of Middletown, NY's Times Herald-Record writes: "Mark Garcia wanted to go to an IRON MAIDEN concert. Problem was, it was 1998 and the last time the band performed in the Hudson Valley was 1988. MAIDEN wasn't making it back anytime soon. So he took matters into his own hands.

"SANCTUARY (web site), an IRON MAIDEN tribute band from the hamlet of Wallkill, was born.

"The idea made sense to Garcia, the group's lead and rhythm guitarist/back-up vocalist. Why be in an original or a cover band when it could take years to get noticed? Plus, there was hardly any competition in the market.

"SANCTUARY was so successful that by 2001 large-capacity venues were taking notice. The band began booking gigs out of state and created an elaborate stage show that includes multiple backdrops and custom banners, simulated flame effects, black-lighting, fog machines and many incarnations of 'Eddie'." [Read more]

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