Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine
Plaza Theater Orlando, Florida
June 13, 2009

Words/Photos by Theronman714

I was first exposed to Richard Cheese when I saw the “NEW” Dawn of The Dead back in 2004. I heard this swanky, cheesy, Sinatra-esque song that sounded oddly familiar. It was in fact, Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness.” I was hooked!

I’ve included a link to Wikipedia which pretty much explains all of what Richard Cheese is about. His Myspace as well as Youtube will have music that you can hear for yourself. There are a number of CD’s available for purchase on with such titles as, “I’d Like A Virgin”, “Tuxicity” and “Apertif For Destruction” among others.

In a nutshell, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine are a parody band that turns current and popular rock, pop, metal and rap songs into swanky lounge singer numbers. They have to be heard to be believed!

A Richard Cheese show is most definitely a comedy show but, I want to make it perfectly clear that the musicianship is 100% professional. There are no hacks in this group. Richard Cheese fronts a 3-piece band that consists of a piano player, a bass player and a drummer. A Jazz Trio, if you will. The songs are all played well and the sound was very good.

The music is just one part of the show. Richard Cheese’s interaction with the audience is second to none. He will go from commenting on the size of an audience member’s tits to insulting someone for getting up to go to the bathroom. He spent a great deal of time out in the audience schmoozing the ladies and making fun of the men. He had even brought audience members up on stage at various times.

At one point he came up to me and my wife, my wife had worn her “I Love Dick” shirt and that’s just what she shouted at him, “I Love Dick!” Of course he said that, that was probably something my wife shouldn’t be shouting out loud. He then told me that I should put her head in my lap and put something in her mouth to curb any further outbursts.

At another point in the show, he had the ushers bring in several trays of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A, which were passed out among the audience members in the packed theater.

His show was everything I imagined it would be and more. My sides were killing me from laughing so hard. He played many of his crowd favorites such as “Baby Got Back” and “Down With The Sickness”, as well as a great version of the “Five Dollar Foot Long At Subway” song.

I couldn’t even begin to tell you how long his show lasted. It just flew by, but I’m sure it was at least 90 minutes. Most of his cover songs are right at 2 minutes in length. He played a bunch of them. Unfortunately for me, he didn’t play my favorite Richard Cheese song. Slayer’s “War Ensemble” off of his “I’d Like A Virgin” disc.

The only complaint I had about this show was the lack of a spotlight. The lighting was adequate on stage but Richard needed to have a spotlight on him, especially when he was down in the audience. It was hard to see him out and about in the crowd. Other than that, I couldn’t imagine the show being any better. Richard Cheese even did a meet and greet in the lobby after the show! What a great night it was.

I highly recommend this show to anyone looking for something different. It’s a departure from the typical rock concert. It has something for everyone and you will laugh. Whether you laugh because of the stupidity or the outrageousness of it, you will laugh your ass off. Just one thing, leave the kids at home! It’s an 18 and over show and excessive drinking is encouraged, with proper ID of course!


I'm the drummer/lead singer of a classic rock band in Central Florida. I'm happily married and have no kids. I drink lots of Jagermeister.
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am.
Categories: Reviews.

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