The Wave of the Future: Paying Tribute to Cover Bands


Here’s a topic that I wrote about on Sept. 21 and feel the need to expound about again — tribute bands — since I just came across this great article in Classic Rock about why they’re obviously going to be a wave of the future >>>

I’ve never gotten why some people won’t go see a good tribute band, or even a band that includes only one or two of the original players from a famous group, like Foreigner (Mick Jones) or the Yardbirds (Jim McCarty). Even they might be disdainfully be called a “tribute band” by a more negative observer, though I’ve seen them both in recent years and will offer you the strong thumb’s up in both cases.

If you go see a tribute band, they play well, and you/your friends and have a good time (and probably for a reasonable price), isn’t that a good thing?

Of course, Beatles tribute bands, like Rain, have been around for decades; many of them came after the Broadway show, Beatlemania. I wrote about a Pink Floyd tribute band, Several Species, who I saw for the “nth” time at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion, about two months. So this time, the shout-out needs to go to my other favorite tribute troupe, the Pennsylvania-based Get The Led Out (GTLO). The Led Zeppelin lovers have an ardent following and have become more of a regional/national act of late, which can happen when Pollstar starts paying attention to you. Check this out >>>


GTLO is always great about mixing up the set lists. I’ve even had one of them ask me for a request! And they even come out and sign autographs and meet their fans at the end of the shows! Jimmy Page, Bob Plant and company couldn’t really do that for many people.

And think about the alternative. Would you rather not have the opportunity to celebrate the music again? Some original groups will never reform, for various reasons, though others haven’t been able to fit it into their scheds, but keep threatening to — like the Faces, who say it’s gonna happen in 2015.

My fingers are crossed on that one. Then, of course, there are Elvis impersonators. But they’re another story for another day!


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