A tribute band is a music group or band which specifically plays the music of a well-known musician or singer- someone who is either dead or abandoned the music tour.
A tribute band often mimics the original performer and often mimics the style too. They are usually good because they can recreate the same environment and performance which you can expect from the singers or musicians whose work they represent.
The first tribute band was created to honor the Beatles. However, over a period of time, such bands have created their own cult following also.
But before you join any of their tours or programs, here are few things which may be interesting for you to know:
1. They can play songs from many genres
Though the tribute bands often follow just one celebrity, however, trends are emerging where tribute bands are now mimicking different genres and music personalities.
To keep their audiences intact and to entertain them, it is now becoming a new reality that tribute bands are expanding their arsenal. If you want to hear most of the famous songs sung by various singers at the same time then do not look otherwise. Tribute bands will surely play most of the music of your choice.
2. Most tribute bands work part time
Though the Global Tribute Band Phenomenon is on the rise, it is a fact that most of the tribute bands perform part time.
Most of the members of tribute bands do their day jobs and perform as part-time members of the group. It is because of this reason that most of the tribute bands do not perform around the clock and you can only find them occasionally performing at different venues.
3. Tribute bands do not include original members
In most of the cases, tribute bands do not include the original members otherwise such a band is often considered as a spinoff band.
Though guest appearances do happen, however, they are not done on regular basis. If any original member is included in the band, then it is most likely not a tribute band.
4. They normally play at smaller places
Tribute Bands normally play at smaller places such as neighborhood pubs and music venues. Since they invest their own money in purchasing equipment, therefore, arranging large tours for them is often an expensive matter.
If you are a small pub owner, you can easily find local tribute bands to invite them playing at your place. This could serve as an additional entertainment for your customers also.
5. They perform parodies too
Well, most of the tribute bands perform the original music however, few also perform the parodies.
Parodies are often made by making changes to the lyrics or adding any funny sentences in the middle of the songs or dialogues.
Plagiarizing songs and music, therefore, is often common with tribute bands. According to Evonews, they travel abroad also to perform at favorite tourist places
6. It is a booming business now
With the advent of new music-streaming services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music etc, tribute bands have become a booming business.
Many unknown tribute bands actually are cashing on this new opportunity and are producing contents which can actually replace the originals. If you are buying any music of your favorite band, make sure you are buying the originals and not from any tribute band.
Above is a simple list of few interesting facts you should about tribute bands. You can also form your own tribute band provided you have the right skills and money.
It could be a profitable business for you so make you prepare well and understand the dynamics of this business by some of the tips mentioned above.
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