Eddie Steklasa spent most of his free time playing along with U2 albums in his living room until he decided to take it to the next level, interviewing 125 guys to create the ultimate U2 cover band. “It had a lot to do with personality, musical goals, and they had to look the part, too,” he says.
U2 by UV is a four-piece tribute to the Irish rock icons. Steklasa takes on the role of The Edge, or Mr. The Edge 2U as he calls himself. “When people close their eyes, the idea is for them to think they are listening to the actual U2, and if they open them, they should think, ‘Wow this looks like U2, too,'” Steklasa explains. They use the same set-lists, and Bono, a.k.a. Michael Schmidt, will even dance with a female audience member during the song “With or Without You” just like at a real U2 show.
Steklasa and company’s slavish devotion to U2 has brought them to South America, Mexico, Canada, and all over the United States. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. For once in my life I get to feel kind of what it would be like to be a real rock star,” Steklasa says.
“We’re just everyday Joes,” he admits. Each member has a day job and takes weekends and vacation time for the tribute band. “I don’t want to make it my job because I love it so much.”
The concert will be a part of Freshfields’ Concerts by the Lake series running all weekend starting Thursday with U2 by UV. Friday you can get your groove on in Margaritaville with a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, while on Saturday the Yacht Rock Revue will take you back to the mellow gold ’70s with renditions of classics from Hall & Oates to Michael McDonald and Steely Dan. The shows start at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.
Freshfields Village will also host friendly competitions and games for children and adults, golf challenges (rookies welcome), and outdoor movies (they’ll show The Legend of Bagger Vance, Wed., Aug. 8 at 8:30 p.m.). Sports Illustrated at the Majors, a traveling program for golf junkies, will present a meet and greet with the writers and editors of the celebrated magazine, while the folks at Golf Magazine will be offering tips (Aug. 9-12 from 1 to 7 p.m.).
Best of all, the event is free. Bet you can’t catch a U2 show at that price.