The Hit Parade: San Antonio’s Tribute Bands Thrive as Audiences Look for Comfort in the Familiar

It’s Friday night at the North Side rock club Fitzgerald’s and the band Riff Raff is barnstorming through a note-perfect version of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

The guitarist duckwalks across the stage in a schoolboy outfit inspired by AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, replete with a leather book satchel. During the solo, he thrusts his picking hand into the air while unleashing a volley of pull-offs with the other — a signature Young move.

The singer, in her fishnet stockings and thigh high boots, looks nothing like AC/DC’s Bon Scott, but that doesn’t seem to bother the crowd, which claps with aplomb after every number. In fact, close your eyes, and her raspy squeal is virtually indistinguishable from the real deal.