Sweet and Tender Hooligans

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As the “ultimate tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths,” LA-based Sweet and Tender Hooligans have been playing homage to the legendary British indie band for more than two decades with their finely crafted tribute show. Performing to sold-out crowds throughout the US and UK, frontman Jose Maldonado channels Morrissey so convincingly that Moz himself has even jokingly taken the stage with the opening line “Hello, we are the Sweet and Tender Hooligans.” From their era-perfect style to Maldonado’s Morrisey-inspired coif, the band never fails to satisfy even the most rigorous Smiths purists, leaving fans to wonder, “How Soon Is Now” in regards to their 2017 tour dates.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Jose Maldonado and the Sweet and Tender Hooligans began playing Smiths covers as an answer to the iconic band’s 1987 dissolution, a highly publicized event that occurred at the height of their success. As regional recognition gave way to shows around the country, the band made their pilgrimage to the UK, performing to sold-out crowds and attracting the attention of the BBC. The Sweet and Tender Hooligans have been named the “Best Cover Band in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly.