I then looked at him with a “are you kidding me expression on my face” and said “Why, are you waiting to buy tickets for the Beatles or the Floyd reunion tours, because let me tell ya just in case you didn’t know, neither is going to happen.”
We went back and forth arguing our points, drinking beer, arguing, drinking more beer, and of course I won the argument with the simple logical reasoning, what are you going to do if you want to hear the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc live. He retorted “I can put on their live album” and I told him “shut up and have another beer.”
My friend is not the only one I’ve had this conversation with, but I don’t understand why the words “tribute band” or “cover band” are such dirty words to some people and I mean some of these people are music fanatics just like me but they don’t want anything to do with those…..ohhh “tribute bands”.
As my readers know by now, I am not your typical music fan. I love music. I listen to music most of my waking day. I love to go out and hear music. My only requirement, it has to be good music.
There is nothing worse than plunking down your hard earned cash to see a band and after a couple of songs saying to yourself, “why am I here?” I’m not just talking going to someplace like your neighborhood bar and watching some local band butcher your favorite song. I’ve walked out of shows from some major national acts playing their music that I loved that were rough to listen too, I mean they were terrible. When I owned the bar, the Café Rock we had bands 4 or 5 nights a week. Artists like Alex Bevan and Charlie Weiner played there monthly and were great but I would also book bands like Shout doing Motown covers and an unknown band called Comma like the symbol “,”. These 5 guys from Bedford would come in every other week and pack the place, I mean out the door pack the place. You know what they played? They played covers. They played what was hot on the radio, they made it fun and they sounded fantastic. I loved it when they played at the bar. I knew I was going to hear good music all night and also sell a lot of beer!
I want to hear good music period!
So what do I do if I want to hear the music live again? I find a, ohhhh I’m going to use that dirty word again, a “tribute band” to go see.
As I said earlier I want to hear good music. There are bands doing this great music and doing it well.
Talent can play talent.
Who do I like and who do I think is worth you spending your hard earned dollars on seeing
The three bands below are examples of bands that do it right!
Shaw Blades - High Enough