What is it with all these tribute bands?

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  1. -Hawk-

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    Rather than “tribute bands ruining” a local scene, I see it as bands adapting. In many areas, if you want to get booked often and paid good money you do one of these things (no particular order):

    1) Corporate event crap rock and top 40
    2) Wedding band
    3) Tribute

    I can’t fault people for wanting to play regularly and wanting to get paid decently. Traveling is definitely a requirement though.
     
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    We should have stopped the TV reality show movement years ago (PBS excluded), I feel this is a offshoot of it.
     
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    Most big stadium acts have become tributes of themselves. Done nothing original or relevant for years.
     
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    Well, it IS live music played by musicians getting paid to entertain a crowd. Bottom line that's what it's all about. Would that crowd be going to a different show of an original band if they weren't at the Aerosmith Tribute? No, they would be at home watching Seinfeld reruns, and that club would be struggling to stay afloat. So much easier to criticize than to do, as always...

    I'm just a covers guy for now, and I've enjoyed my time doing it and learned a lot. Never gonna dress up like Bono or whatever, I would feel silly, but I'm under no illusions that when you get on stage, you're an entertainer and you ought to endeavor to entertain people. Last weekend some friends of mine performed the Abbey Road album in its entirety - no costumes and so forth, but putting that music forward to a live audience was a feat of arrangement. They packed the bar, I'm sure it was the biggest show in town that weekend. And at the end of the day, that's just what a classical orchestra is doing, isn't it? Playing covers?
     
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    When my kids were 5, 8, and 10, they started really liking the Beatles tunes that I would play while we were cleaning. I remembered a Beatles cover band that I had seen twice a local celebrations and looked them up.

    A few weeks later we in the common area of an open-air mall watching the tribute band and they had a great time singing along. They went up and met the band afterward. I was a great experience for them and they won't be seeing the real Beatles except on Youtube archived footage.

    ALSO, the first time I saw this Beatles cover band, I was starting to get into guitars and amplifiers. This band not only performed the songs, but used period costumes and period correct INSTRUMENTS. I remember looking at their amps and thinking "Vox? Never hear of them!" Now I am a Vox maniac!

    Now that I know more about Beatles Gear, it was fun for me going with my kids and pointing out the guitars, amps, etc that they were using.

    I am gratefule that there are some cover bands out there providing experiences that can't be had otherwise!
     
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    It boggled me for a while too, but let's face it, fans want to hear those groups that are no longer around, or very expensive tickets in the low oxygen seats! These Tribute groups are really no different than playing in a cover band, they just focus on one group though.
    Many have been very successful.
    My cousin plays in a U2 Tribute, they do it well and successfully. Big shows. Have even toured Europe.
    Go figure!

    There's an AC/DC female cover group called Helle's Belles that is great and high energy.
    They pack every place. hard to find anything but a cell phone recording though:
     
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  7. notmyusualuserid

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    Easy money. They get booking because smaller venues can afford them, and the masses will come through the doors. Plus the band doesn't have to be creative in the songwriting/music department, just learn the covers man.

    There are some that I'll go to see - Australian Pink Floyd, Nearly Dan (go on, have a guess!), but most don't do it for me at all.

    YMMV
     
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    I understand how you'd feel that way but the tribute band thing was around long, long before the emergence of the realty TV show phenomena. Edit: P.S., completely agree about eliminating the reality TV thing, or at least 98% of it. The epitome of cynicism, greed and complete lack of creativity.
     
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    An "escort" is still a prostitute.

    OK that's a little harsh. As unmotivated as I am to see a tribute act (real or fake :D), much less play in one, I remind myself that the era of "live original music" is but a short blip in human history. People have always played material written and/or performed by someone else. That was the norm before sound recording existed. Now that sound recording is ubiquitous and thus no longer matters, it seems only logical that we have gone right back where we started.

    I accept it. But I don't have to like it. :mad:
     
  10. Whatizitman

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    Yeah.

    Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust.

    I remember the first time I heard London Calling on the radio. I remember thinking "thank gawd!" I now only wish it had been true. :(

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatlemania_(musical)
     
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  11. Northern Tele

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    It's easy. Most people who play music aren't artists. They are perfectly content to not only play strictly cover material but actually willing be a second rate version of someone else if it will make money.

    I don't see the point. If I cannot be creative I'd rather not play. I just quit a band because I was bored of the material. Lots of gigs lined up...don't care.
     
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    I'm happy to see classic material being sung and played well, but the idea of band attempting to LOOK identical to your heroes makes me uneasy... I guess that's the difference between a 'cover's' band and a 'tribute' band ? ...
    In which case, I would rather see covers than tributes... (like the lovely Mona Lisa Twins)

     
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  13. VintageSG

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    A good tribute band is a good night out, without needing to sell internal organs you'd probably function better with.
    Much as I like Iron Maiden, the last few times I've been to a 'Maiden show, it's been an anono-ernourmo-shed. I'd rather see this lot is a small, sweaty club.

     
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    Think about it...If you love (insert big name "classic rawk" band here) what would you rather do? Spend a bar tab seeing a near perfect recreation of them in their 1974 heyday? Or the equivalent of a car payment watching whoever's left alive plus two or three no-name session guys gasp and wheeze their way through a set from 200 yards away?

    Doing the tribute band thing isn't especially easy. Here in LA at least, competition is fierce. You can't hack your way through the songs like you can in a bar band. You have to nail them. All the tribute band guys (and girls) I know are killer musicians.

    Plus, you can always get a paying gig. Have you tried to book a band playing all originals lately?
     
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    Saw Lez Zeppelin, all girl Zep band. Voices were there.
     
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    That makes me sad. For many, many people there's tremendous joy in learning to play an instrument and perform music that they didn't create. Some of it lends itself to more creative interpretations than others. If it weren't the case much of the world's greatest music would have been lost forever.
     
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    There was ever only one tribute band worth paying money to see.

    That would, of course, be reggae Zeppelin, fronted by Elvis. There is, simply put, no other. Period. End of discussion.

     
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    I'm in a tribute band - a Pink Floyd one - so sue me.

    We did our first gig in December. A friend of mine who plays in a Tom Petty tribute told me what to expect, and he wasn't wrong. People behave as if you ARE the original band - they come in the band's t-shirts, dance and sing, they come up and shake your hand afterwards, talk about the gear you use. It's a great scene.

    For me as a musician I am playing the music I love, get to study the parts and the sounds and try to replicate them as close as possible, we are putting together a kick-ass visual show too. It's challenging from a technical point of view, great fun and very rewarding.

    It's not that hard to understand really.
     
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  19. Whatizitman

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    I'm good with Spotify.
     
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    Yes indeed. In my neck of the woods you can't flick a roach and not hot a Dead tribute band!
     
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