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Hi all,

As the possibility of joining a tribute band has come up, I was wondering if any BC’ers  have some experiences they’d like to share? Good and bad, funny and sad - let’s have it. 😊

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If it's a band people want to see and is managed effectively you can make decent money, a good mate of mine was in an AC/DC tribute that turned over 250k a year 👍

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I was in U.K. Chili Peppers for more than 3 years. It was such fun playing Flea, really challenging and a right laugh. I’m now in Fu Fighters playing loads and loads of festivals in front of some canny large crowds and it’s the best! Not as difficult as playing Flea but as a band and experience it’s as close as I’ll ever get to the ‘real thing’. A real buzz!

I know some people look down on tribute acts but I’m not arsed, it’s epic 🤘

 

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Think my last post was too late. Walshy’s already here! Stupid phone. 😂 

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7 minutes ago, bassfan said:

Think my last post was too late. Walshy’s already here! Stupid phone. 😂 

😂😂

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I have mates in various tribute bands Talk of the Devil Ozzy tribute, Hysteria Def Lep tribute, Hot Love Trex tribute. They don't make huge amounts of money but a lot of that will be down to their agents not getting the good gigs. Some of them have played the large festivals and tell me the money isn't great.

Obviously it depends a lot on who you are being a tribute to and how close you are to the originals. The AC.DC tribute act mentioned above seem to be doing exceptionally well and that's by far the best i've heard any tribute do. All credit to them they must be helluva good.

I've done a Friends of Deep Purple tribute band and it was great fun doing the songs i grew up with all those years ago but the money was ok but no more than most rock cover bands.

There's always work out there for good tribute bands  so i'd go for it and just enjoy it for what it is. As long as you are having fun with it then its good news in my book.

Dave

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Let’s be honest there aren’t likely to be too many crap tributes about, for obvious reasons. 

As a musician I can imagine it might get boring after a while unless you were really into the act. The fun for me would be in the learning. 

In that spirit, I did once see a Fleetwood Mac trib advertised that moonlighted as Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers!

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1 hour ago, Grassie said:

Hi all,

As the possibility of joining a tribute band has come up, I was wondering if any BC’ers  have some experiences they’d like to share? Good and bad, funny and sad - let’s have it. 😊

I think you and who you're playing with have got to be into it 100% or it will tend to show around the edges, if not immediately, then a little way down the road.

There is not a day that goes by that I'm not doing something Bowie related. I'm actually trying to put together a show reel for a promoter at the moment. 

Tomorrow it will be artwork for someone else. The band speak daily and rehearse weekly. You get out what you put into it basically.

If you think the audience is there and the market is not already saturated in your corner of the world, I would say go for it.

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7 minutes ago, Mickeyboro said:

Let’s be honest there aren’t likely to be too many crap tributes about, for obvious reasons. 

As a musician I can imagine it might get boring after a while unless you were really into the act. The fun for me would be in the learning. 

In that spirit, I did once see a Fleetwood Mac trib advertised that moonlighted as Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers!

I dunno, there are some dreadful Bowie tributes about.

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1 minute ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Best fun I've ever had with a bass!

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That looks amazing! :)

 

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2 minutes ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

I think I've done about as much as I can with this tonight. Better stop before my eyes fall out of my head.

 

I can hear you but I can't see you...;)

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15 minutes ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

I think I've done about as much as I can with this tonight. Better stop before my eyes fall out of my head.

 

Is that you doubling up on Sax there as well. Band sounds 1st class.

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16 minutes ago, Grassie said:

I can hear you but I can't see you...;)

One of my many talents is making sure I appear the least out of all of us 😀.

If you really must, there is plenty to see and hear over at our gig page.

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9 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

Is that you doubling up on Sax there as well. Band sounds 1st class.

No, both our guitarists are multi-instrumentalists - which is quite handy.

edit - and thank you for your kind words.

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If the opportunity has come up and its a working trib I would say go for it.

I did twelve years in Not The Rolling Stones, I played some fantastic gigs around the world and had some great times.

I left the band for two reasons, I found it increasingly difficult to balance work and gigs as the band got even busier but most of all I got bored with playing the same stuff over and over again.

This is the curse of tribute bands, you can end up having  to play the bleeding obvious set every gig. 

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I’ve just joined a Magnum tribute band, which hasn’t done a gig yet but still getting a load of interest. Great players with an excellent singer and a keys player who has a bit of history with the original band (played / wrote on the singer’s first solo album), so all pretty exciting and can’t wait to start gigging. The main issue we’ve had so far seems to be to ensure that we avoid copyright issues with the merch / website, etc. We have had a few messages of support passed on from the main band (as well as advice on copyright), which is really good of them. It is a bit of a strange one for me as it was never a band that I really listened to and a bit of a bizarre thing to get a text message out of the blue asking me to join.

I have a couple of friends who were in a Foo Fighters tribute that did make decent money and years ago I was asked to join a U2 band that did really well, but I doubt that Magnum is a tribute that will make big money – it is probably a bit too much of a niche band for that – but still seems to have enough fans out there to be viable. Hopefully it will help to raise my profile again as well as get to play decent size gigs, so who knows where it might lead to? So far, it’s all good…

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I would not sniff at it 

 

a ready made audience that knows the songs and you know are going to be up for it if you do a good job. What’s not to like ?

 

It’s better than starting mustang sally and trusting to luck

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Think you'll find Magnum are huge amongst the rock fraternity. They were well liked musically with almost everyone i knew in 80's

I wouldn't underestimate the interest you'll find in a tribute to them.

Dave

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I played in a Stereophonics tribute band ...well sound alike rather than look alike...

I played the biggest gigs of my life with them ...Main Stage Rock City...I earned decent money ( though the function band I did the military bases with paid better 🙂 )and had fun!.

The best bit is the crowd at every gig are there because they want to hear the songs, so no playing to an empty bar.

Go for it, Ignore the naysayers, if you don't like it you can always leave but if you don't try it you'll never know what it's like.

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9 hours ago, Raymondo said:

The best bit is the crowd at every gig are there because they want to hear the songs, so no playing to and empty bar.

That's the best bit  - I play in a Grateful Dead tribute, so we are not making piles of money, or playing every weekend, but have a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable  audience when we do. It's a great feeling when the audience cheers at the first three notes of a song because they know and love it as much as we do.

I made more money playing in pubs every weekend, but playing to indifferent audiences drains the enthusiasm out of you after a while. 

 

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