Saturday, May 13, 2023

A Little Night Music: The Leonid And Friends Cover Band

When I was a young sailor serving on an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam War, I often frequented the bars in Olongapo, the city located next to the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay in the Philippines.  

One of the joys of the wild city was listening to the Filipino cover bands in the Olongapo bars. The bands were great mimics, playing a Rolling Stones song for one minute and then a Four Tops song, and sounding amazingly like the original bands. 

I was reminded of the Filipino bands as I’ve been watching the videos of the Leonid & Friends cover band. The Eastern European band does a fine job covering one of my favorite bands, Chicago, as well as Tower of Power, and other American bands. 

You can watch and listen to this fine cover band via the below links:  

 Saturday In The Park – Chicago (Leonid & Friends cover) - YouTube

So Very Hard to Go – Leonid & Friends (Tower of Power cover) - YouTube

You can also visit their web site and view other videos via the below link:

Leonid & Friends | Official Band Website (

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