What is it with all these tribute bands?

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  1. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    Tribute bands totally escape me. If you like them ok enjoy but they have just zero appeal to me, zip zilch
     
  2. Dennyf

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    . . . and that's what's with all these tribute bands.
     
  3. Buckaroo65

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    Franchising a band... now THAT'S an idea!
     
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    what you didn't say is that there is no good music being made now so people are looking backward.

    play music!
     
  6. Ron R

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    Not true though. There is plenty of good music being made today.
     
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    Yeah I'm not sure what I was thinking...think I've played them all too much already today lol
     
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    you are correct. there is only good music and bad, and, after the grammy's, it is bad!

    play music!
     
  9. RoyBGood

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    Answer in a nutshell.
     
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    Brit Floyd is absolutely amazing! Totally worth the ticket price. I've seen them twice and would go again in a heartbeat. I did see the "original" Pink Floyd during the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, they were great but you really couldn't see the band and the venue is so huge it does not feel personal in anyway.


    This is the template for quite a few "legacy" bands, Kiss is on this path and Foreigner is mostly this way already, so for my money I'd rather go see a great tribute band in a small venue than to see a bunch of guys who were not in the original band playing my favorite songs and only being able to see them on video monitors!
     
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    There's Tribute Bands and there's these guys:

     
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    I was in a band that i could have sworn was a tribute to vodka.
     
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    I can understand the sentiment but I don't agree that tributes are ruining any cities music scene.
    If you want to direct your anger at someone make it the DJs. These people rolled in heavy in the 90s and I had to give up live playing. They're not even musicians.

    I joined a Neil Young tribute in the early 00s as a drummer with a former guitar student of mine. We made virtually no money and he did the gig out of love of Neils music.
    Most bands aren't that dedicated but want to play live and play music they love.

    How many cover tunes does anyone play that they say they love? If I had to play Rocky Mountain Way one more time... blooey!

    It may not be art but at least these people are playing live and having some fun. What's wrong with that?
     
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    I'm in a RoyBGood tribute band. We're pants. :lol:
     
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    I've only seen these guys, they were pretty good:)
     
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    Audiences aren't as interested in unfamiliar material as they once were. This is unfortunate if you enjoy writing and performing your own stuff.
     
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    Who says there's no room for creativity?



    Or changing it up a bit?



    Or simply playing your ass off...

     
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    There's another possible explanation for the money differential: generational wealth.

    Boomers and X'ers-- like the Greatest Generation, we were able to get good jobs. If we went to college, we were able to graduate with
    some debt but not ridiculous debt. We have been able to save $$ despite a couple of recessions and so can afford to own a house,
    drive a decent car, and pay $25 cover charge to go see a tribute band that plays the music we loved in our halcyon days. We go to the show
    wearing our Mom jeans and having our smartphones clipped in holders to our leather belts that don't match our shoes.

    Millenials/Gen Z-- totally hosed by student debt, offshoring of jobs, high smartphone bills, and having crummy service jobs that
    don't even pay enough for them to cover the rent, smartphone bill, and student loan payment (the smartphone bill always gets paid
    first), these folks would mostly prefer to see EDM. They definitely might see original live music, but the cover charge better be low or else they
    can't afford it. Why even go out when you can just stream music on Spotify, anyway? Plus who can afford to go out when a venti caramel
    double latte costs $7 and you have to have one every morning?

    Just kidding, of course.....

    Steerforth, this is effing brilliant:

    "Someday there will be tribute bands for popular tribute bands. It’s like a batch of good sourdough starter."
     
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    You can go as far as saying the current "Eagles" without Felder & Frey is just a high priced cover band.

    We saw Don Felder's band last Summer and they sounded more like the Eagles we saw with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

    So the question is where do you Draw The Line (Aerosmith Tribute Band/ pun intended).
     
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