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Tribute Bands: Even better than the real thing?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 01:26 PM

I’ve never understood the whole tribute band thing. I also never understood the people who reenact Civil War battles, so maybe this is a blind spot of some sort… But to do someone else’s songs night after night, aping the sound of the original band, and sometimes even trying to look like the original band, strikes me as a little weird, and a little too much like dressing up for Halloween. Unless you’re being funny or ironic about it, in which case it becomes a novelty.

For me, the problem is that music in a live performance setting should be about playing in the moment, not recreating someone else’s moment years ago. And from what I’m told, most tribute bands (not cover bands, which are a different thing) do slavishly recreate the gestures, the solos, the drum fills, of the original recordings.

Key phrase in all this: “from what I’m told.” That’s right – I’ve never actually seen a tribute band live. If you have, feel free to tell me how I’ve gotten this all wrong…


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If you've never seen a tribute show, come check out ours tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory! Girls Girls Girls, all-female tribute to Motley Crue. Being women we don't have to try to look or sound like the members (but we still get really glammed up), and it's just a really good rock show. We're actually not trying to be funny, though some people think it's ironic that women would cover a band like the Crue. We don't think that way - no mimmicks, no gimmicks, just pure rock'n'roll.

May. 29 2008 11:43 AM

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