After several years of performing Top 40 covers in the NJ nightclub circuit, The Mahoney Brothers (then consisting of brothers Tim and Brian, along with two other childhood friends) began what would turn out to be a long unexpected career as “tribute artists” from a simple request of a NJ club owner in 1977...
The Mahoney Brothers (donned in Meet The Beatles style black turtlenecks) realized they had stumbled upon something special. They were immediately invited to return to the club for a number of performances that month and The Mahoney Brothers Long Live The Beatles show was born.
Building on ten years as one of the premier Beatle Tribute acts in the world, the Mahoney Brothers decided in 1987 to expand their musical impersonation act to include many of their favorite early rock and roll influences. The result was “Jukebox Heroes Live”.
With the same attention to detail that marked their highly successful “Long Live The Beatles” production, the Mahoneys initially added tributes to such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. After several tours around the country, “Jukebox Heroes Live” settled into a two-year residency beginning in 1990 at Six Flags Great Adventure's Music Box Theater, the same stage where years earlier they had performed to packed houses with "Long Live The Beatles".
It was during this time that the Mahoney Brothers came to the attention of the Seattle-based veteran producer/director Greg Thompson. So impressed with the Mahoneys' ability to reproduce a wide range of musical acts and styles, Thompson hired the brothers throughout the 1990's for a series of long term casino revues built around the “Jukebox Heroes Live” theme and The Mahoney Brothers' ever-growing roster of impersonations (now spanning more than 60 years of music, from the 1930's Benny Goodman to the 1990's Garth Brooks).
Prime-time appearances on The Disney Channel, The Family Channel, The Nashville Network, CBS's "A Busch Gardens/Sea World Summer Safari", and a performance for President Clinton at Hillary Clinton's 30th High School Reunion were also some of the many highlights of “Jukebox Heroes Live” during the busy decade of the 1990's.
In between long term casino showroom engagements, the Mahoneys even managed to write, produce and record two critically acclaimed original country music albums, receiving airplay in twenty countries worldwide. Their single “Long Necks and Tall Tales” was a top forty hit on the worldwide country music indie charts in 1998.
As “Jukebox Heroes Live” entered the new millennium, the Mahoney Brothers added even more time honored musical legends to their impersonation lineup. Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, The Bee Gees, and "Jumpsuit Era" Elvis Presley have recently joined the long list of acts rotated into the show, still all performed by brothers Tim, Brian, and Mike. And in celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Jukebox Heroes Live", The Mahoney Brothers recently updated the production with a 3-video screen multi-media presentation, that teamed with the brothers' uncanny impersonations, transports the audience through more than half a century of music in 90 minutes.
After more than 5,000 performances of "Jukebox Heroes Live" all around the world, The Mahoney Brothers look forward to the next 20 years (and the next 20 acts) to celebrate with audiences young and old.
Whether performing an intimate, private performance of Long Live The Beatles or a full production multi-media tribute, The Mahoney Brothers still take great pleasure in recreating the look, sound, and timeless music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.