Working Class Hero

In a Class All Its Own
It's amazing to see their performance as you can hear a pin drop when Tim introduces the songs and with each, he tells a personal anecdote of the great musician's life. We have interviewed and heard many Beatles tribute bands, but never have we seen such a highly-polished and technically accurate musical performance.




Tim Piper as 'John'
Being in show business since early childhood and touring the world "As John Lennon" (since 1988), Tim's motto is (from the words of his mentor), "A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed For All!" His credits range from Sir Paul McCartney, in person, saying, "Keep up the good work, lads!," to performing at private functions for Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Stephen Spielberg, and many other Hollywood celebrities. Tim's fun-loving charm, his professionalism, and passion to entertain transports audiences far beyond the wigs and mere impersonations. Tim captures the very essence of John Lennon, whose music and melodies provide the soundtrack for an era and to win the hearts of millions. Whether it's performing before an audience of 100,000 (Virginia Beach - July 4, 2001), or showcasing their talent before intimate gatherings at community theatres or private events, Tim Piper and Working Class Hero shines above the rest as "The Star's with Diamonds."


Cast for starring role as John Lennon in CBS TV Movie of the Week “The Linda McCartney Story
Cast as John Lennon in E! Network Television production of “The John Lennon Story” (Hollywood, CA)
Cast as John Lennon in E! Network Television production of “Beatle’s Wives” (Hollywood, CA)
Cast as “singing voice” of John Lennon for the NBC TV Movie of the Week, “In His Life - The John Lennon Story”, recorded at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA., Studio A.


Don Butler - Guitar
My professional career started when I was 19. Now, I'm with Working Class Hero, a John Lennon Tribute Band. We play shows & concerts all over the United States and we've been to India twice to play a number of concerts to thousands of enthusiastic fans. We played the "
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame" in Cleveland, Ohio on John Lennon's Birthday in 2001! We performed a theatrical production about John Lennon in Hollywood, CA. Sept. & Oct. 2002! We appeared live on numerous radio programs and we are now represented by "The William Morris Agency".

I've also had the privilege to play guitar with sixties legend Gordon Waller of "Peter & Gordon", Spencer Davis of "The Spencer Davis Group" and Chris Montez (who toured with The Beatles in the U.K. in 1963).

I am a Gretsch Guitars Artist, and endorse and use exclusively Vox Amps, Pyramid Strings, Fulltone Pedals & Epiphone "Elite Series" Guitars. I am on the Editorial Board of The Tonequest Report magazine. I also have my own column/section on The Rickenbacker Forum called Talk to the Toneman. I'm a proud sponsor of The Gretsch Pages. I'm also owner of "Toneman" vintage valve/tube amp & guitar service.
You can visit my website


Greg Piper - Bass Guitar
Greg was born in New York City to a "show biz" family whose parents were traveling actors in their own theatre company, performing with Red Skelton on his television show, and then becoming co-creators of the game show "Concentration." His true love for music began in 1964 after seeing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in front of all those screaming fans. The music and their message entered his heart and soul immediately, and has remained there ever since. Greg picked up a guitar and started to pretend that he was a Beatle too, always dreaming of the day fans would respond to his music.

Greg played in several rock bands since graduating high school, but it was in 1988 when he began performing professionally in 'Beatle Shows,' touring the world with leading groups like "Revolution - The Beatles Tribute," "Working Class Hero - The John Lennon Experience," and most recently, a new theatrical production, "A Day In His Life." Greg manages "Working Class Hero" and "Revolution," and performs in these productions as a guitarist, bassist and vocalist. He fulfills his dreams presenting the qualities of his favorite groups to all fans, old and new alike. Greg's biggest thrill is seeing generations of people sing along as he performs this great music.

Greg's other endeavors are graphics and multimedia. He is co-founder of Unsigned Records Multimedia, specializing in animation, music video, enhanced CD's and websites, including: Papercuts - The Illustrated Lyrics Online Magazine.


Carmine Grippo- Drums
Born in New Haven, CT and now residing in Los Angeles, CA, Actor/Musician Carmine Grippo has appeared on Television and in Motion Pictures such as the "Tom Arnold Show", "Evening Shade", "Waynes World II", and "The Last Man Standing". In mid-1994 he joined "The Moptops" and has since appeared on numerous television programs such as NBC's "Dark Skies" as Ringo Starr. Carmine also toured with various Beatle Shows to Japan, Italy, France and all across the United States.

Though admittedly without the hangdog expression, but with a nose similar to that of the famed Beatles drummer (“Maybe Ringo’s secretly Italian!” he muses), Carmine Grippo delivers an authentic sense of fun and a steady backbeat. The New Haven, Connecticut native knew he was destined for the traps … “since I could walk.” He was mainly influenced by his family and, in no small part, by that paragon of pop culture in the early 1970s, “The Partridge Family.”

Lessons at age seven led to his first public shows five years later in a drum-and-bugle corps – in high school, where friends began calling him Ringo, he performed in the marching band and even had the chance to play in a parade at Disneyland. Grippo soon embraced the showmanship of KISS (and subsequently backed up Gene Simmons in the studio), channeling his talents during the 80s in several New England pop and rock bands. Only a week after coming to Los Angeles he was also bit by the acting bug, an appearance on “Love Connection” leading to roles in “L.A. Law,” six episodes of “Evening Shade,” the Bruce Willis film Last Man Standing and Wayne’s World 2. He also had his first chance to portray Ringo Starr on-screen in an episode of “Dark Skies” after joining his first Beatles tribute band, The Moptops, in 1994. The gig took him to Japan, France, even Liverpool, England where he crashed, and played, The Cavern, as well as recreations at Dodger Stadium and Candlestick Park (“The Beatles drew 27,000 there in 1966,” says Grippo. “We drew 19,000 for the 30th anniversary show... not too shabby!”). He spent a year in Atlantic City in the Ed Sullivan tribute A Really Big Shew before performing nationwide in the orchestral Classical Mystery Tour and the musical biography All You Need Is Love, recently playing as Ringo in large venues across Germany, Italy, Switzerland, China, Australia and New Zealand.


Tim Piper

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