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Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Delta] #2993602 06/10/19 01:32 AM
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@ Delta, My buddy saw them at the El Dorado County Fair in P'ville probably the same night you were there! He also saw them in SLT at a casino...The light show inside was just flat great at the Harris Center...How was it outside at the Fair? +1 I would call the Rain show Iconic! cool


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Originally Posted By: Larryz
@ Delta, My buddy saw them at the El Dorado County Fair in P'ville probably the same night you were there! He also saw them in SLT at a casino...The light show inside was just flat great at the Harris Center...How was it outside at the Fair? +1 I would call the Rain show Iconic! cool


They were just starting then, so there wasn't much of a light show. The music was right on, as we're the costume changes. I was with my wife and 5 year old son. I remember being very impressed, so I'm not surprised that they're still doing it 25 years later. As I've said before on this forum, the music of the 60s and 70s was something really special, and it's still being appreciated, even by millennials.


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Re: Tribute Bands [Re: Delta] #2993744 06/11/19 01:49 AM
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+1,000 on the millennials Delta, I looked around at the audience at the concert and I could tell that all ages were represented (not just a bunch of grey hairs!). If you get a chance, check them out again some day. The show starts off slow and just continues to build...who knows I may go again next year! cool


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Originally Posted by Delta
[As I've said before on this forum, the music of the 60s and 70s was something really special, and it's still being appreciated, even by millennials.


Don't forget the music of the 80s, which is still hanging in there... and probably the most dominant of all.

I know I probably said something about it already in this thread and certainly on this board a few times, but rock music kind of boxed itself into a corner by getting too dark and antisocial in the 90s (while still craving and expecting popularity... ). It's no fun... I mean, it's sad that so many superstars of the 90s rock scene have ended their own lives... that's baggage to attach to the music but it's also generally not something people are going to put on to lift the mood of a room full of people. I've read things in the past month about how both Nancy Wilson and Sammy Hagar were frightened by the rise of the grunge bands after being around the people, saying "Man... they really mean all this stuff... they're not happy people." I mean, I love The Sex Pistols and their ilk, but they had a definite sense of humor running through everything (the joke was on all of us, in case you didn't notice). I don't think rock music, in general, has ever regained its balance of social relevance AND means of escapism. But that could just be me...

There's tons of new acts that I love, but large scale success is a hard thing to achieve these days.

Re: Tribute Bands [Re: p90jr] #2994854 06/19/19 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by p90j
Don't forget the music of the 80s, which is still hanging in there... and probably the most dominant of all.


Definitely!

I'm not in it anymore, but my old 80s Band is still going strong. You just have to make sure you do it right!

Here's a video from when I was in it. I'm on the left playing keys, and the Explorer:


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Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate] #2994860 06/19/19 05:45 PM
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Great sounding band J. Dan! like


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I love it!!!!


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I loved it too. Jim

Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate] #2995029 06/20/19 06:48 PM
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Awesome J. Dan... nice Fred Schneider vocals, too.

Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate] #2995062 06/20/19 10:33 PM
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Way cool Dan. Great stuff.


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Re: Tribute Bands [Re: desertbluesman] #2995078 06/20/19 11:54 PM
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Thanks everybody. Getting back to the topic, while we used to advertise it as a Tribute to the 80s, I would consider it to be a theme band, since we weren't paying tribute to a specific artist. A tribute to the artist has to nail that artist including matching the lineup, etc. A theme band has to nail the look of the theme, and I think try to nail the sound of the songs as close as possible with the lineup they have - more so than a typical cover band.

It's funny when we first started landing all the good gigs, other bands around town liked to rip on us and act like it's just because we were selling out and putting in wigs. Yeah, as if their band would be successful if they were only willing to put in a wig - that's it! In reality, that attitude was exactly why people were attracted to it in the first place. They were tired of bands taking themselves too seriously. Most people's first reaction when we first started (there weren't a lot of 80s bands back then....this was early 2000's) was to shake their heads, laugh, at first mockingly dance around, then legitimately dance around tell stories and have a blast. Light hearted fun celebrating the goofy styles and culture of the 80s. That's why I said "do it right" earlier. In a theme band like that, it's not enough to just play the songs well. Outfits are nice, but it doesn't stop there. Notice we had giant Rubik's cubes, Swatch watch, Mario, Simmons electric drum pads from the 80s painted with the Eddie Van Halen guitar paint job from 1984. Some gigs we would also have video and put on clips from 80s videos and movies.


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I noticed the Van Halen motif on the drums, thought that was damn cool. I'm in a covers band, not a tribute - like others I'd struggle playing songs from only one artist, or the ones I would happily do are a big ask wink

I also want to call out the very modest CowboyNQ who is part of a brilliant Pink Floyd tribute act - Echoes of Pink Floyd

Re: Tribute Bands [Re: DocPate] #2998282 07/12/19 10:49 AM
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I like a lot of bands. But the most interesting tribute one for me is the one singing and showing Queen.
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Welcome Aboard Cindy Garcia! thu


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Welcome to the forum Cindy. I just watched a movie based on Freddy Mercury and Queen. Great music. Jim

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Welcome, Cindy! Not sure which Queen tribute band that is, but I know there are several.

Last week, we saw the Ultimate Queen Celebration with Marc Martel on vocals. They were hand-picked by Roger Taylor to be the "official" Queen tribute band. They go for the sound & stylings, not the look of Queen; though the guitarist (Pete Thorn!) did play a Red Special for the majority of the show. Martel nails Mercury's vocals; Thorn played very close to Brian May's stylings, but added his own flairs; the drummer was pretty close to Roger Taylor, and the bass player (when you could hear him) lived up to John Deacon's legacy.

But the overall sound... it was good for people who like drums & vocals; but rough from a musician's perspective. It was an outdoor amphitheater, and the show was postponed for a massive storm. It still spat rain throughout the show (but not bad; I've been in worse). Whoever was mixing sound was having it rough. The bass levels were always low, even on bass-centric tunes like Another One Bites The Dust. The guy was playing through an Aguilar stack; I should have been able to hear just from the stage, if not the mains, but could not. Guitar volumes were fluctuating all through the night. No amps were on stage, so Pete was at the mercy of the sound man. Martel played acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", but they didn't roll the acoustic volume up until half way through the song; and even then, not very high. There was a keyboard player who was heard throughout; but Martel also played an acoustic piano, which 1) sounded very boxy and bad; and 2) was not brought up in the mix most of the time until partway through the song. I know they were having a rough time dealing with the weather and delays; but to me, these were some pretty egregious errors. My son still loved it; I DID have a good time and appreciated the playing; just wish the mix had ben better. If they play nearby and are at an indoor venue, I would probably go see them again.


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