A touring band in American called ‘Little River Band’ contains no original members. As part of the truth in music advertising act in most states they are required to be advertised as a tribute act. They have dates booked throughout America.
The Little River Band originated in Australia in 1975 and had multiple hits in the United States throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The original line up was: Glenn Shorrock, Beeb Birtles, Graeham Goble, Derek Pellicci, Roger McLachlan and Ric Formosa.
This United States version of the band have been using original members’ songs and likenesses through images and videos to advertise their concerts. Attached are some screenshots of misleading information on their ticketing platforms and venue website. As an example they advertise them as “one of Australia’s most significant bands.”
Many of their adverts use sound recordings of the original Australian members with mimed footage of the American band containing no original members. Attached is one video example of their adverts which uses footage of the original band members and there are many more. None of the people featured in the advert video appear at the concert.
On social media there are endless complaints that Original members were advertised to be at performances throughout the US and weren’t there. Fans also have written about the band’s management threatening to sue them for asking if any of the original band members would be appearing as advertised.
The current touring lineup of the band also list all the songs and achievements of the original band in their press releases, venue advertisements and website as if they were their own. Amongst many other misleading information, they advertise they are the Australian Music Hall Of Fame (ARIA) inducted band, when none of them are. They advertise themselves as “Aussie pop legends”, “the band from Melbourne, Australia” when all of them were born in America and are American citizens. Their adverts say they are “heading back to the USA”.
Venues are also being misled into booking them. Their booking agents use photos, names and accolades of the original band members to advertise the band for bookings. The American Little River Band advertise themselves as the band that recorded all the hits songs (attached screenshot provided) alongside original music videos.
There are endless examples of TV, internet adverts and press releases which mislead consumers into believing members of the original band will be appearing at their concerts.
They sell CDs with the original band pictured on the cover, but their brand new recordings are on the album. No one on the cover are on these cds.
Their adverts (on traditional media and web) should legally have a disclaimer that:
1.No original members of the hit making band will be appearing
2.All members are from America and not Australia
3.They are not the Australian Hall Of Fame Inductees!