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#2988503 - 05/07/19 09:31 AM Tribute Bands
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Subject: Tribute Bands

It seems there has been a plethora of tribute bands emerging lately. Many are performing at smaller concert venues and are fairly inexpensive.

Have you attended any lately and if so, share your thoughts here so we can decide which ones are good to go or which ones we should avoid:

I hear this tribute band (Pink Floyd) is good

www.houstonpress.com/music/in-the-flesh-a-brief-field-guide-to-pink-floyd-tribute-bands-7611808

Read more: http://talk-music.proboards.com/thread/4978/tribute-bands#ixzz5nFz4Asc5

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#2988520 - 05/07/19 10:42 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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We get to see a lot of tribute bands here in the Phoenix Area. This area is populated with a lot of retired folks during the winter season (we year rounders call them snow birds) There are a lot of gated and open retirement communities in this area. Many of them have folks who work full time as booking agents for cruises, music shows, Bingo, we also have movies in the communities, and community sponsored happy hours, free ice cream days etc. We also have bands on the way down or re-vitalized bands with only a few original players/singers and some new talent under the original band names. All in all most of the bands we have seen did a credible job in recreating the look and the songs like they were presented by the original talent. So far I have seen "Catch A Wave" a Beach Boys Tribute, they were spot on. We also a Huey Lewis and The news Tribute band which were spot on (I do not remember the tribute bands name) We saw Electric Light Overture an Electric Light Orchestra tribute band, we were very disappointed with them, And over the years we have seen a half dozen or more that I can not recall right at the moment.

We also get mid level current country bands here. I do not go to any shows that my wife and sister in law do not want to attend. Personally I would not go to any of them, I simply go to watch over the gals safety, and sometimes I enjoy the shows, other times sitting through them is a chore.
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#2988525 - 05/07/19 11:17 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: desertbluesman]
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I play in one or two, and play on bills with others... but those are new wave era bands you probably aren't interested in...

My wife enjoys seeing them. We checked out Killer Queen from London here a few weeks ago. They had the visuals down... the guy looked so much like later Freddie Mercury and moved just like him, but vocally wasn't as good (who is?). The Fab Four comes through here every year... good Beatles tribute.

Tribute bands have become a big deal and a big draw... because when tickets to a Fleetwood Mac concert in an arena put you back $350 ea., hearing a band that gets very close in a 1000 seat club for $10-30 is a comparable bargain and less of a hassle all the way around.

And for younger people, a "cover band" that isn't a tribute or doesn't have a general theme ("60s," "80s," "Hair Metal," "Yacht Rock") is something they have little interest in... because there's no production values and... I mean, let's face it, there's too many instances of a bunch of guys who look like they wandered in off the street and climbed onstage hacking through overplayed simplistic covers they don't really know very uninspiredly... the novelty of "live music" is long worn off, it needs to be exciting and exceptional on some level. That doesn't mean it has to be overdone... look at the frenzy Blac Rabbit started by doing eerily good Beatles harmonies in the subway. There's a clip going around now of a guy in the subway with a Squier Strat and a backing track, doing a bluesy version of "It's a Man's World" by James Brown that's causing a sensation.

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#2988534 - 05/07/19 11:33 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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I have respect for the tribute note for note bands. The bigger the venue, the better they are for the most part. I don't go out of my way to see them, but if I do, I have to like the genre and the bands they are imitating in the 1st place. I would go see certain bands even if they were not great at imitation but were great at playing and singing the music I like best. I wouldn't want to sit for 3 hours of any one band or artist unless the players were very good. I went to a Ray Charles tribute (not really a tribute band) based upon his material and had a great time. They guys were not trying to sound just like Ray (which nobody can do IMHO!). But, they were exceptional and put on a great show. I mostly like versatile music and not just one thing all night. The Cirque du Soleil in Vegas is a worthwhile all night all Beatles without the band show and was my best experience ever when it comes to tributes! cool


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#2988536 - 05/07/19 11:36 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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Great point P90. Cover bands are not as interesting in my opinion as the tribute bands. Even the new Eagles which isn't a cover or tribute band isn't as good. You can't reproduce the sound of the original group.


Tribute bands don't try.

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#2988638 - 05/07/19 10:06 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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Originally Posted By: DocPate
I hear this tribute band (Pink Floyd) is good

www.houstonpress.com/music/in-the-flesh-a-brief-field-guide-to-pink-floyd-tribute-bands-7611808

Assuming you're a Floyd fan in the first place, if you ever get the opportunity to watch Brit Floyd it would be well worth it. They are considered to be the gold standard in Pink Floyd tributes. They don't tour Australia, so unfortunately we miss out down here.

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#2988644 - 05/07/19 10:42 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
I play in one or two, and play on bills with others... but those are new wave era bands you probably aren't interested in...


Please, give us the bird's-eye low-down on your capers... cool
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#2988664 - 05/08/19 04:36 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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Thanks, Caev.....

Say "hi" to Rocky Rococo for me, eh? wink

As I don't listen to a lot of radio that would advertise that type of entertainment coming 'round, and the local newspaper cut down to a three day a week delivery, I don't get "hep" to any tribute bands coming to town anywhere. The Canadian BEATLES tribute band The Caverners was the only "tribute" band I bothered to pay to see, and they were pretty good. But I haven't seen any others( so far wink ).
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#2988718 - 05/08/19 10:12 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
Originally Posted By: DocPate
I hear this tribute band (Pink Floyd) is good

www.houstonpress.com/music/in-the-flesh-a-brief-field-guide-to-pink-floyd-tribute-bands-7611808

Assuming you're a Floyd fan in the first place, if you ever get the opportunity to watch Brit Floyd it would be well worth it. They are considered to be the gold standard in Pink Floyd tributes. They don't tour Australia, so unfortunately we miss out down here.



But there's the Australian Pink Floyd... PBS here has shows one of their concerts.



And you guys have The Church, who are as good as Pink Floyd, so go see them!!!

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#2988721 - 05/08/19 10:19 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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Originally Posted By: Caevan O'Shite
Originally Posted By: p90jr
I play in one or two, and play on bills with others... but those are new wave era bands you probably aren't interested in...


Please, give us the bird's-eye low-down on your capers... cool


Well, it's playing a gig where the audience sings along to every word of every song and they're all excited and happy that you're playing, no matter where you play.

I've done Beatles tributes, Rolling Stones Tributes, Tom Petty Tributes... I was part of a gang of people here who played a classic album in its entirety every month...

I have friends who do the full costume recreation of a band's show thing and fly around the world every weekend doing shows.

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#2988735 - 05/08/19 11:51 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
But there's the Australian Pink Floyd... PBS here has shows one of their concerts.

TAPFS are undeniably excellent, however despite their name they are not Australian residents and never visit our shores.

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#2988741 - 05/08/19 12:40 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Is the TAPF band Gilmour era?

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#2988749 - 05/08/19 01:27 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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Search El Monstero on YouTube - plenty of videos. That’s our local Pink Floyd tribute. I’d put them against anybody. Besides being very talented, they do full production including outdoor shows with Pyrotechnics, fireworks, and a helicopter flyover at the beginning of Another Brick in the Wall. They also do aerial acrobats, pole dancers (for Young Lust) and other theatrical elements.
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#2988763 - 05/08/19 03:54 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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Originally Posted By: DocPate
Is the TAPF band Gilmour era?

TAPFS started in Adelaide, Australia back in the early 90’s as “Think Floyd”. I saw them back then and they were pretty much a pub covers outfit, albeit a good one.

Due to a series of serendipitous events they ended up in England, where they still reside. They still actively tour Europe and occasionally venture to the US. These days their show is a full production event. As the article you posted states they were once invited to play at DG’s birthday.

They do tracks from both the pre and post Gilmour/Waters split eras.

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#2988773 - 05/08/19 06:47 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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I was hopping on a plane posting from my phone earlier. Home now, here are some El Monstero (St. Louis Pink Floyd Tribute) videos. Unfortunately they are all cell phone, but should give you an idea:

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (with aerial silk acrobats/dancers)



Dark Side of the Moon (1 version of their show is a full set of Dark Side and a full set of Wall)



Finally, a professionally produced video, but from the company who does all the pyrotechnics and fireworks, featuring El Monstero - nice collection of some of the production they do.




That's probably the biggest Tribute around here but we have also very successful tributes of Journey, Kansas, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mack, Elton John, Iron Maiden, Ozzie Osborne, and a few others.

It can be fairly lucrative but unless you want to travel, you only have limited shows. Most guys will play in a couple tributes and fill the calendar with maybe 6-12 gigs a year, higher profile stuff, per Tribute, then fill the weeks in between with regular cover band stuff. Most of those guys in El Monstero also play in a Led Zepplin Tribute, as well as a cover band called Joe Dirt that does generic classic rock. Several members also come from other bands and do other tributes.
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#2988959 - 05/10/19 02:02 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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I can`t say it`s my thing, but before I moved to Japan I got to know Rick Santoro-from the cast of the original `Beatlemania`-on a semipersonal basis.
I`ve done tons of covers but, maybe my disinterest is partly due to lack of opportunities. What tribute band could I possibly fit into-King`s X maybe, if I started playing bass full time.
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#2989110 - 05/10/19 04:56 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: skipclone 1]
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A good one



Edited by DocPate (05/10/19 04:57 PM)

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#2989148 - 05/11/19 04:03 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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I thought Doc, that a "tribute" band tries as best as possible to not only SOUND like the band they're "tributing". but also present that band's more notable tunes in the manner that band being "tributed" played them too. In this case, that "Dead" tribute band actually DID die! wink

"Morning Dew" was one of the songs me and the first "real" band I was in played to death in late '67.

Dig.......


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#2989170 - 05/11/19 08:02 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: whitefang]
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@Fang. I guess we should agree on the definition of a "Tribute" vs "Cover" band. I've always differentiated between the two by the music they play. A tribute band might play songs that were recorded by the original group but they also may insert original music that is a "tribute" to the original, i.e. similar in style and tone but original in lyrics and leads. A Cover Band only does covers of the original.

But that's my own definition. It's not something you find in the dictionary.

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#2989175 - 05/11/19 08:51 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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The best tribute bands I've seen personally over the last 10 years have been the following:

House of Floyd- from San Francisco- saw them in Sacramento

Fool's Logic (Supertramp)- from Southern California- saw them at Feather Falls Casino, California

Classic Albums Live, which is an outfit based in Toronto that started in 2003 that hires musicians throughout Canada, U.S. and the U.K. to perform a multitude of classic albums, too many to mention. The one I saw was in Sacramento. It was a trio who performed Are You Experienced in the first set and an assortment of Jimi's stuff in the second. "Jimi" was a chap from Toronto, the other two from Southern California

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience- saw them in Daytona Beach

The Music of Cream which I critiqued recently on this form.

As far as I know, all of these groups are still touring which tells me that there's still many classic rock fans out there. It's great to see a lot of young people at these events also.
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#2989252 - 05/12/19 04:42 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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Originally Posted By: DocPate
@Fang. I guess we should agree on the definition of a "Tribute" vs "Cover" band. I've always differentiated between the two by the music they play. A tribute band might play songs that were recorded by the original group but they also may insert original music that is a "tribute" to the original, i.e. similar in style and tone but original in lyrics and leads. A Cover Band only does covers of the original.

But that's my own definition. It's not something you find in the dictionary.


Actually Doc, I've always thought the REVERSE: ie: A "tribute" band doing their best to both do songs and overall SOUND just like the OG's, and "cover" bands just doing the songs any which-way. You know....

Like The Beatles' "cover" of "Rock and Roll Music" not sounding anything like the Chuck Berry original. wink
Whitefang (PS: I'm still convinced that John Lennon, in The Beatles' cover, is singing, "BLACK beat" instead of "Back beat", and "you can't blues it." wink ) dig....
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#2989277 - 05/12/19 08:19 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: whitefang]
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I agree w/WF.

I only played in a band for one year. In 1968 I played rhythm guitar for the "Sanskrit Staircase". We were a "cover band" and played music by everyone from the Stones to the Temptations and always interpreted the music rather than playing note for note. I even convinced the band to cover "Key to Love" from the John Mayall "Beano" album. We played fraternity and sorority parties. I quit the band when some of the guys started doing drugs (I don't mean smoking a joint). It was the 60's.
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#2989284 - 05/12/19 09:37 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Fred_C]
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@Fang and Fred.

I can agree with that. So I guess I was thinking "Cover Band".

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#2989286 - 05/12/19 09:46 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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@ Doc, I usually don't pay much attention to Tribute bands but here is one that is coming to a local venue that I could recommend and may attend:




cool cool cool cool
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#2989308 - 05/12/19 01:16 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Larryz]
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I did see a Beatles Tribute band at Casino Arizona 10 to 15 years ago. I do not remember the name of that band but they were spot on, including the costumes/hair do's for each Beatles era, on up to The Sgt Pepper part. I do not remember if they changed their look after the Sgt Pepper look, but they did songs from each era in sequence. It was really a good imitation and I was suitable entertained/impressed.
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#2989359 - 05/13/19 04:55 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: desertbluesman]
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RAIN started out as "REIGN" in the mid '70's, and were probably the earliest of the Beatles "tribute" bands. And has grown from merely that to a constant travelling Broadway corporate production. And probably(by now) with enough stored revenue that there's NO excuse for them NOT to be "spot-on". wink

Oh, and FRED---Woulda liked hearing that band's cover of "Key To Love" smile
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#2989374 - 05/13/19 06:47 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: whitefang]
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I pulled the trigger on a couple of tickets as the wife said she would like to go and see Rain with me. We both grew up on the Beatles music and are looking forward to the show! I'll report back after June 5th!
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#2989377 - 05/13/19 07:31 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Larryz]
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My best friend is in a tribute band to Neil Young called Young At Heart. They're based in Des Moines, Iowa, so I haven't heard a chance to hear them, though I know my friend is a good guitar player. He says the pieces jell and that they have good singers.

I've never played in a band paying tribute to one artist or band, although of course I've played covers of different people's songs. We learned the material and the signature riffs, but never tried to copy the original version slavishly. Sometimes we COULDN'T, because of the instrumentation or the keys our singers were comfortable singing in.

In fact, I used to think of cover bands as untalented hacks - "where's the creativity?" until I made friends in a cover band who did excellent versions of the songs, as close as possible. Made me rethink things, although I prefer to have the freedom to explore different versions. For example, I wouldn't mind doing Neil Young's "Down by the River" and maybe copy the original phrase from his guitar solo - sort of signature to the song - but certainly not his whole solo. In my hubris and shameless arrogance, I feel I could do a BETTER ONE, LOL; though of course that's a matter of opinion.

Not that I'm as good as Roy Buchanan was, but Roy played much better solos than Neil on Down By The River, and still kept the feeling of the song.

But I do think that if the original arrangement was really well crafted, or a guitar solo really memorable, it might be better to do that version than just some sloppy hack work version.

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#2989381 - 05/13/19 07:44 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Eric Iverson]
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I concur with the 'tribute' vs 'cover' majority opinion.
I hadn't thought about it until now but, if you're good enough
to re-engineer someone else's song...why do you not have your own song?
I should probably be seeing a therapist but, something about glomming on to someone else's
material gives me the creeps.
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#2989386 - 05/13/19 08:10 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Eric Iverson]
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@Eric,

I completely understand your desire to add your own ideas into an arrangement. IMO this is not "hubris" nor is it "arrogance", it's "musicianship"!

My acoustic Blues teacher, Jerry Ricks insisted that I play the music of Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake et.al. exactly note for note, because the technique was contained within the tune. However, when we played electric blues, the emphasis shifted to improvisation. Of course, my Jazz Teachers emphasized creativity. In every case it was about applying theory and technique in the service of music.

I strive to "sound like me".

Afterthought: Blind Blake's stuff is a bitch
to play. Real knuckle busters!




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#2989458 - 05/13/19 02:51 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: skipclone 1]
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Originally Posted By: skipclone 1
if you're good enough
to re-engineer someone else's song...why do you not have your own song?
I should probably be seeing a therapist but, something about glomming on to someone else's
material gives me the creeps.


Because I'm a guitarist, not a poet. I couldn't write a song if my life depended on it.

"We all steal. Steal, but don't copy".
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"If you copy, that means you ain't got nothing to say".
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#2989522 - 05/14/19 04:53 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Fred_C]
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In the movie "RAY" it was made clear that Ray Charles did start out being known by locals to be able to "sound like" this well known "star" or that, but he came to realize that HE wasn't being appreciated for who HE was, and then strived to find his own "voice". Which of course, meant in both singing AND playing.

Singer/actress Bernadette Peters once said she hated, in her early career, to be known(in some circles) as, "the next" this person or that. Saying, "Well, we already HAVE one of this or that person, so WHY in the hell do we need ANOTHER?"

I'd say that it might be better to shrug the idea of letting some musician be your influence, and instead let them be your inspiration. To me, it seems that would make it less likely for you to copy them too much. wink
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#2989816 - 05/16/19 05:08 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: whitefang]
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I don't know of any band I admire enough to want to try and play their stuff and only their stuff, note for note, every time I play out. I like to many artists too well to choose just one.

Besides, I am more interested in doing versions of songs I like MY way.

Just call me Frank Sinatra, I guess...
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#2989828 - 05/16/19 07:51 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: picker]
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I don't know of any band I admire enough to want to try and play their stuff and only their stuff, note for note, every time I play out. I like to many artists too well to choose just one.


Most of the guys I know who do Tribute bands also do other projects, including a cover band, and maybe even other tributes. Especially if you don't travel, there isn't enough demand to play a Journey Tribute, for example, every weekend. You set up maybe a half dozen larger shows per year, and fill the time between with other projects. Most of the guys in our local Pink Floyd Tribute also do a Led Zepplin Tribute. One of them has an original band. Between them all, they come from 3 different local cover bands.

In my original progressive Metal band, half of them play in an Iron Maiden Tribute that does a handful of shows a year. Our drummer and the bass player from the Tribute have a cover band that plays regularly. So for the drummer - that's a tribute, and original band, and a cover band. That's pretty common.
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#2989924 - 05/16/19 06:55 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: J. Dan]
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Good comments J. Dan. I've never been a performing player. I had a full time career in electronic engineering and now that I'm retired I'm playing the guitar more than ever and doing some recording projects. A lot of these musicians are doing what they feel they need to do just to play music. Whether it be in a bar or in a tribute or cover band, or whatever. It's very competitive out there and some guitar players and other musicians will do what they need to do to escape a desk job.
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#2989947 - 05/16/19 11:46 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Delta]
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Originally Posted By: Delta
A lot of these musicians are doing what they feel they need to do just to play music.

This is true, but if you truly love the music you pay tribute to, it's more than that. You're connecting with a large and appreciative audience who share your passion. And playing in very nice venues and hopefully getting well paid to do it.

Imagine a musician playing a wonderful classical piece as part of a symphony orchestra, or an actor getting a chance to play the lead in a Broadway production of West Side Story. Just because you didn't write the work, there's no shame in working hard to lovingly and respectfully recreate it for people who want to experience it live.

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#2989973 - 05/17/19 06:31 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: J. Dan]
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Originally Posted By: J. Dan
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I don't know of any band I admire enough to want to try and play their stuff and only their stuff, note for note, every time I play out. I like to many artists too well to choose just one.


Most of the guys I know who do Tribute bands also do other projects, including a cover band, and maybe even other tributes. Especially if you don't travel, there isn't enough demand to play a Journey Tribute, for example, every weekend. You set up maybe a half dozen larger shows per year, and fill the time between with other projects. Most of the guys in our local Pink Floyd Tribute also do a Led Zepplin Tribute. One of them has an original band. Between them all, they come from 3 different local cover bands.

In my original progressive Metal band, half of them play in an Iron Maiden Tribute that does a handful of shows a year. Our drummer and the bass player from the Tribute have a cover band that plays regularly. So for the drummer - that's a tribute, and original band, and a cover band. That's pretty common.


Yep. So following this " I don't imitate other people" line of thinking... if you can have a spot as the guitarist in an established band, or backing up a well-known artist, you're going to force your playing on it instead of playing what has been a hit? Right...

My mother is a classical pianist. What a waste... she just plays note for note covers from centuries ago.

There's just musicians who play gigs and musicians who don't.

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#2989975 - 05/17/19 06:40 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
Originally Posted By: Delta
A lot of these musicians are doing what they feel they need to do just to play music.

This is true, but if you truly love the music you pay tribute to, it's more than that. You're connecting with a large and appreciative audience who share your passion. And playing in very nice venues and hopefully getting well paid to do it.

Imagine a musician playing a wonderful classical piece as part of a symphony orchestra, or an actor getting a chance to play the lead in a Broadway production of West Side Story. Just because you didn't write the work, there's no shame in working hard to lovingly and respectfully recreate it for people who want to experience it live.


I have to say that when I play a song - even one I loathe like "Brown Eyed Girl" - in that moment it doesn't feel like a cover and I don't play it like one... meaning you find the passion in it and make it fun for yourself.

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#2989982 - 05/17/19 07:17 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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My point was that guys who do this also have other creative outlets. You don't always have to put your mark on everything every time. I like to cook, and usually just wing it and come up with my own dishes. That doesn't mean that I refuse to ever follow a recipe. A tribute show is one thing, a cover band is another thing, and an original band is something else. No reason somebody can't do all three. They each have different rewards.
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#2989985 - 05/17/19 07:34 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: J. Dan]
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Originally Posted By: J. Dan
My point was that guys who do this also have other creative outlets. You don't always have to put your mark on everything every time. I like to cook, and usually just wing it and come up with my own dishes. That doesn't mean that I refuse to ever follow a recipe. A tribute show is one thing, a cover band is another thing, and an original band is something else. No reason somebody can't do all three. They each have different rewards.


+1000

I was saying you'll find more people actively doing all kinds of those gigs than just doing one type...

I'm also thinking about growing up with a jazz musician dad and step dad, and hearing about how John Coltrane would wake up and go play a jazz brunch gig doing trad listener friendly stuff, then head to an orchestra pit and play charts for Broadway musicals... then when that was over he'd go to gigs in late night jazz clubs and push boundaries in that environment.

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#2990287 - 05/19/19 03:39 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
I have to say that when I play a song - even one I loathe like "Brown Eyed Girl" - in that moment it doesn't feel like a cover and I don't play it like one... meaning you find the passion in it and make it fun for yourself.

Precisely. I cover a song or two I don’t personally love but one should never short change the customer with a disaffected performance.

In saying that I personally wouldn’t play in a tribute to an artist I disliked. Way too hard.

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#2990328 - Yesterday at 04:40 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Sure. I don't think anybody joins any "tribute" band if they have no respect or liking of their music. Wouldn't make sense.
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#2990362 - Yesterday at 07:34 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: whitefang]
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I would submit that the terms "Tribute" and "Cover" are marketing tools to position the expectations of the audience. At least when I see a band advertised as a "Tribute" band, I expect to hear music written and recorded by the original. It may be rearranged but will be highly recognizable as the original's music. I would be greatly disappointed if the music by the Tribute Band included other band's covers or original music to the lack of the band that is being honored.

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#2990370 - Yesterday at 08:30 AM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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I'll add another term to the mix: "Theme Band".

I used to play in an 80s band that we called a "tribute" to the 80s, but in reality, it was a Theme Band. We treated it similar to a Tribute in that we tried to cover the songs EXACTLY as the original, as well as dress and look the part. There are other theme bands out there as well.

So I would kind of define things this way:

Cover Band: play a mix of other peoples' tunes with varying degrees of closeness to the original and embellishments that suit the talents of the band.

Theme Band: Song list is limited to the theme and either played exactly as the original, or modified purposely to fit the theme - i.e. country versions of rock songs, acoustic versions of metal songs, reggae versions of pop songs, etc.

Tribute Band: Pick one artist and represent their catalog replicating as precisely as possible either their studio or live performances, including band members representing actual members of the original. i.e. in a Beatles tribute, members specifically play the parts of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and sing/play the same parts they did.
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#2990401 - Yesterday at 12:18 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: J. Dan]
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+1 Dan

So....what do you call this group?

http://www.maximumbands.com/bob_marley.html



Edited by DocPate (Yesterday at 12:31 PM)

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#2990412 - Yesterday at 01:03 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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Originally Posted By: DocPate
+1 Dan

So....what do you call this group?

http://www.maximumbands.com/bob_marley.html



Definitely a Tribute.
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#2990464 - Yesterday at 07:47 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate]
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+1 Dan

So....what do you call this group?

http://www.maximumbands.com/bob_marley.html



A good Reggae band...that pays tribute to a great Reggae artist! cool
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#2990466 - Yesterday at 08:00 PM Re: Tribute Bands [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
Originally Posted By: p90jr
I have to say that when I play a song - even one I loathe like "Brown Eyed Girl" - in that moment it doesn't feel like a cover and I don't play it like one... meaning you find the passion in it and make it fun for yourself.

Precisely. I cover a song or two I don’t personally love but one should never short change the customer with a disaffected performance.

In saying that I personally wouldn’t play in a tribute to an artist I disliked. Way too hard.


I do not play a tune unless I really like the tune. The vocalist picks the material that he or she is going to sing. They also pick the key that fits their vocal range best. The backup band has to stay under the vocals. I like to be versatile so playing in a tribute band does not interest me. I do not like to play just like the record or note for note, so playing in a cover band does not interest me. Playing solo, duo or with like minded musicians is what works for me...I like country, country rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, jazzy standards, improvisation, arranging, etc. I like to have fun and enjoy having fun with an audience... cool
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