Tribute band players

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  1. Buzzard

    Buzzard Well-Known Member

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    I’m very stressed lately with family problems so I thought I’d occupy my mind with something happy. Just curious if any of you tribute players get bored of playing the same group’s music no matter how good it is. Anytime I’ve thought about playing in a tribute group I end up putting it aside since I know my personality and will cause me to become bored quickly.
     
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    Yes. Depends on how ofyen you play out. I was in U2 trib. Loved the music but couldnt stand billionaire Bono’s socialism stances.
     
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    Gotta pick stuff that will let you stretch out a bit. Any band/Setlist is going to get tedious over time so you’ve got to mix it up as well. For the Zep thing, yeah Misty and Custard Pie aren’t tunes I look forward to but then I can wank off on Dazed or an extended Immigrant solo. We just got a new bass player and he’s Russian and not a Zep ‘fan’ and he gets exasperated when we throw out different tunes for every gig. Why learn so many songs he says. Well, cause we love the music and we don’t want to get bored to your point.

    Also, tribute acts are easier to book, get more $$ and larger crowds so there is that too. Generic cover bands need to bring a following to the table and original acts play for free on Sunday night on a bill with 6 other bands.
     
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    Geez, you don’t have to think like ‘em haha!
     
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    I would love to do a Thin Lizzy tribute band myself. They cover a lot of R&R ground to hit a lot of interests and the songs are easy to play. Plus, most of the lead breaks you could do your own thing.
     
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    Yes of course. Playing the same stuff often (not even mentioning several times a week) can get old pretty quick. As @tallcoolone mentioned you need to have some spaces where you can stretch your wings a bit.
    And also, you definitely need to love the band's music going in, or you'll have a pretty bad time. I actually refused a couple gig offers because I didn't like the band enough to immerse in their music (amongst some, Foo Fighters, fine band, but I definitely don't like them enough to bother spending weeks charting and learning 2hrs worth of material and rehearsing it).

    With that said, it's true of pretty much anything. I've toured as the soundguy for a theater play for a while, and honestly, I really liked the play going in, but around the 20th time you see it in a month...you get the idea. Same with a couple bands I've worked with. Or the covers/function bands I've played with. 50 gigs in 3 months of playing the same stuff has a way of messing with your head.
    Even touring your original material could get old if you stick to a very rigid setlist and play the exact same setlist the same exact way and don't have some way to shake things up a bit.

    At one point it's more about the people you're working with and how you can keep things fresh and surprise each other from gig to gig and not so much the setlist itself. But it's obviously harder if you don't really really like the things you're playing in the first place.
     
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    That’s crazy IMO, I don’t like playing enough to commit to playing half that much. Once every 3-4 weeks is what I call a perfect schedule haha
     
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    between you & Buzzard, I could totally be down w/ doing a Scorp's '71-79 tribute...

    I think the thing about doing originals though, is that it's your creations & introducing it to new people & seeing the response & getting that feedback while playing is priceless...

    The hard part about tributes, as tallcool mentioned before is, that sometimes the tunes that you would like to be your showcase, end up not working & you end up playing songs that just get you through a set. Those songs might be more audience friendly, whereas the stronger songs don't get the same acceptance.

    Having to play a lesser rated set (by the band) night after night, when you know you're capable of playing a better set & being able to let loose can get grating...
     
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    I've done that a few years actually, up to the point where I found out the money wasn't really worth it when you step onstage feeling like you're going to the factory. The fact I really hated most of the setlist (it was mostly current "top 40" material) didn't help.
    Even with the band I quit a few months ago, we were doing 4-5 a month in the off-season and 7-10 per month during summer, which is already enough to get tired of the setlist after a while.
    Plus when you're basically living with your bandmates and crew for 3 months, you'd better REALLY get along with them. Don't ask me how I know...
    So after a while, the main reason for doing that is the adrenaline rush of stepping onstage and the audiences (that feeling you get of having a few hundreds/thousand people in the palm of your hand is like no other).

    Any Scorps era would be fine by me ! I'm currently starting work on a Europe tribute actually, not so much for the huge amount of gigs we'll get, but for the sheer fun of playing these tunes ;)

    And yeah, we had that happen with the Queen tribute, some numbers didn't really work. Friends Will Be Friends (which was a pretty big hit here in France) never worked in the set, nor did Keep Yourself Alive (which I really loved playing). Even Headlong didn't get much reaction, so by the time I quit the band we were talking about doing Breakthru (which is one of the few Queen tunes I hate), while I would have loved to do March of the Black Queen, Scandal and Princes of the Universe...
     
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    I guess it helps if the band you've covering has a rather broad range of music. Pink Floyd, Zep and Queen leap to mind, but I guess also the Beatles, etc. This coming from someone who doesn't really get too bored most of the time pretending to hunt for Status Quo's elusive fourth chord, wherever it may be hiding... :rofl:
     
  11. axe4me

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    I think playing in a tribute band depending on the players could be fun or boring.

    IMO, there are pro bands that jumped the shark years ago and continue to play for the pay check.

    I love Skynyrd but they're a tribute band.

    Hell has frozen over 30 years ago for The Eagles.:rolleyes:
     
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    I would LOVE to be in a KISS tribute band. I'd do well at the part, and playing the same set list every night is perfect for me. I always hated covers bands who liked to flip/flop songs around and waste my time polishing up material all week that they'd just nix the night of the gig. In fact, I hated cover bands altogether. Tribute bands? Right in my wheelhouse.
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    I think I'd like to be in a Bad Co.; Heart or Mountain tribute band but I think it will eventually bore the hell out of me.
     
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