Taking the next step in their musical journey, Brent Wright and his band mates aim for fame in a new competitive television show, trading live rock concerts for recorded performances.
Wright, a resident of La Jolla since birth, is guitarist and manager of the Fooz Fighters, a band he founded in 2014 to pay tribute to the rock band Foo Fighters.
Fooz Fighters will face off on E! Entertainment’s “Clash of the Cover Bands” will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13. The series is hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss, with singer-songwriters Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean as famous judges.
Over the course of the 10 half-hour episodes, several acts will perform one-on-one across a variety of musical genres, with one winner receiving $ 25,000 and an appearance on âThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonâ.
âIt was quite a remarkable trip,â Wright said of Fooz Fighters, whose lineup also includes vocalist Nicky Rich, drummer Boll3t, guitarist David Tishenkel and bassist Gui Bodi.
The group was originally formed as a tribute to Stone Temple Pilots, but soon turned to Foo Fighters. “We just looked across the country [and] we haven’t really seen a lot of Foo Fighter tribute bands, âWright said. “Within 10 months, we were getting offers to tour the east coast.”
Wright said receiving offers to play nationwide has been “a stable thing for us” ever since.
He said he and his band mates had been contacted by “Clash of the Cover Bands”, but “we weren’t really sure we wanted to be a part of it.”
After a few Zoom meetings with executives, the band members understood the show’s goals and were elated when asked to travel to Los Angeles to shoot the episodes, Wright said.
âI think that as an artist and musician you always strive to get your name known and increase your popularity,â he said.
âWe live to play live; this is what we do. We’re not doing this for any reason other than the fans, to bring the music and experience of the Foo Fighters to people who maybe can’t afford to see the real Foo Fighters. â¦ We always try to put ourselves in the best position to get the best gigs, and we saw âClash of the Cover Bandsâ as an opportunity.
âWe weren’t sure what to expect, but it was just an amazing experience.
While recording the show, Wright and his band mates âweren’t really focused on the live audience; we were focused on the judges, âhe said.
The group felt “a nervous energy, [but] we were so excited and so excited, âWright said.
Most of the bands on the show are tribute bands, as opposed to cover bands, Wright said.
Cover bands usually play music from many different artists, he said, while tribute bands “focus only on one artist, and at a level at which cover bands don’t really try to do it. They want to play the music note by note, in some cases they want to be a lot like the artists they are paying homage to.
Wright said that Fooz Fighters focuses on “the real fine details. â¦ We play pretty much the same instruments, the same amp, guitars and drums and everything the real band Foo Fighters uses.
Rich, the frontman of the Fooz Fighters, was nothing like Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl when the tribute band was formed, Wright said. But he quickly let his hair grow out to look more like Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer.
The rest of the group have changed several times since Fooz Fighters was formed, due to family obligations or personality conflicts, Wright said. The current lineup solidified during the COVID-19 pandemic, when performance opportunities dwindled.
âWe had 20 shows canceled in 2020,â Wright said. But the band took the extra time to add 10 more songs to their repertoire and rehearse.
The extra time spent together in the studio showed Wright how well organized the current group is, Wright said. “This is the best group of people we’ve ever had, and we’re the most successful at the moment.”
When he’s not moving on stage, Wright works in commercial real estate. He said he was one of three members of the Fooz Fighters with a full time job. âWe get up and go to work every day, and music is kind of moonlighting for us. “
âI grew up in a very musical family; my mom was a beautiful choir singer, my brothers and I all play different instruments, âWright said. âI started playing guitar when I was 5 years old.
He said he stopped playing music after college, “but when I had kids I noticed when I tried to get them to go to bed at night they all wanted to hear music. So I would pull out my guitar and we would sing songs. Yes, they would fall asleep. So I kind of got it back.
Fooz Fighters is currently touring Colorado, Texas and Nevada and will return for shows at Music Box in San Diego on Saturday, November 20 and at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on Friday, December 3. For more information visit foozfighters.com. ??