Re: What's with tribute bands?


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Posted by Brian on February 07, 2000 at 11:09:34:

In Reply to: What's with tribute bands? posted by Brock on January 07, 2000 at 09:45:14:

: but seriously, what's with tribute bands??
: Why don't they just call them rip-off bands?
: Because that's what they really are.
: I know there are some really talented musicians playing in tribute bands,
: and the music might even sound good, but hey, where's the challenge?

What does CHALLENGE have to do with music? Of course, some tribute bands are a REAL challenge,
like trying to recreate the Beatles...not easy to pull off well. I didn't start
playing to challnege myself, I did it because I liked hearing music and it
seemed like FUN to play it.

If you want to play music for a living (maybe you don't) you have to pay bills. To
do that you work where the money is. I play wtih guys who have record deals but still
do weddings on the side to make ends meet. They don't look down on a gig because it's
not a showcase for their "art".

I've been gigging over twenty years and played everything from a wedding where they
passed the hat to pay the band when the groom fessed up he couldn't pay us(!!!)
to big festivals and the thing that keeps musicians working is entertaining
audiences.

I don't look down on tribute bands at all. I do admit it's a weird phenomenon
when audiences will fill a room to see someone basically impersonate another
entertainer. It's one thing for Hendrix and Doors tributes where the guy is
at least dead but the tributes ot existing bands make no sense to me at all.

Yet I won't put down the players for doing it.


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