Tribute acts are great there’s at least five, maybe even four reasons why maybe you should go and see one sometime. Here are some of the reasons why.
1. The inevitability of death
It’s a sad face of life that sometimes your favourite singers die and if you’ll never get to see them in concert again.
Tribute acts can never really die because as soon as one of them dies another one will pop up and take their place like that snake that grew two heads whenever one got cut off—it’s just nature and it’s a beautiful thing.
Along the same lines sometimes bands split up and in a way it’s a death in itself, at least according to the hysterical teenagers on the social medias.
Thank Goodness there is a One Direction tribute band. They’re called Only One Direction and they look and sound just as terrible as the original band so that should keep the more fickle fans happy at least.
And luckily tribute acts have no reason to split up because they’ve all been bought together by a shared love of the band.
Playing the same songs over and over again and pretending to be someone you’re not will never cause any friction or get boring.
2. Tribute band names are the height of wit
There’s a special kind of skill in naming a tribute band, you have to be clear what artist you’re paying tribute to while simultaneously making it clear that you’re not the actual artist otherwise people will get confused.
Of course this is a great opportunity to come up with a great pun, and here’s some examples of tribute band naming excellence:
- Spicy Girls (The Spice Girls)
- Abba-solutely (ABBA)
- Blobbie Williams (Robbie Williams)
- Earth, Wind, for Hire (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- Pete Loaf (Meat Loaf)
- The Rolling Clones (The Rolling Stones)
- Oasish (Oasis)
- Fake That (Take That)
- Amy Housewine (Amy Winehouse)
- U2-2 (U2)
- Antarctic Monkeys (Arctic Monkeys)
- Razorlike (Razorlight)
- Motorheadache (Motorhead)
- Shania Twin (Shania Twain)
- Jamirrorquai (Jamiroquai)
The names alone are a combination of puns and rhymes and very clever wordplay and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say they’re a form of art.
3. I don’t want to hear your new album I want the song where I know the words
You get all the hits and none of the new bits you hear when an original band are a bit past their peak but they’re still trying to plug their new album even though nobody wants to hear it.
Another obvious advantage is the fact you can sing along to your favourite songs, of course you can—you’re not going to offend the tribute band by joining in.
Tribute bands make their living by playing the songs you know and love, or at least vaguely recognise and can roughly sing along to even if you have to mime along. Even if you have to wear a mask to hide the fact you don’t know the words for this particular song, à la Valentina.
If anything they’ll appreciate you taking over the song to cover up that one note they struggle with. Tribute bands are essentially a big karaoke experience and who doesn’t like karaoke? Psychopaths and people that put milk in before the teabag, that’s who.
4. Cheaper than the real thing
It’s a lot cheaper to see a tribute act than the real thing so you can use the rest of your money to see more tribute acts which is just a win-win all round.
Alternatively you could even afford an extra drink or two and if you’re smart about it and get a bit squiffy, the tribute acts will start to look and sound like the real deal.
Unlike the real bands and singers there is also more of a sliding scale when it comes to how much you want to pay so you can pay a lot less to see a really janky tribute which would also be a lot funnier anyway why wouldn’t you want to do that.
You can also get a lot closer to the tribute act and dance and sing with them, and if you go and see an ABBA tribute act and you’re very lucky they might even let you dance at the front of the pub with them and recreate the dance scene from Muriel’s Wedding. I doubt the real Agnetha and Anni-Frid would have been so corporative.
5. A glimpse into an alternate reality
If you want to see how different life would be if Elvis Presley was Indian or Britney Spears was a man in drag, that’s easy you can just go see a tribute act. It’s the closest thing to a parallel universe we’ve got without the risk of tearing the fabric of the universe apart.
On an completely related note, you can now download The Entertainers app that we did, and see tribute and original shows of anything from Hooray for Hollywood to The Magic of Motown, The Beatles to The Rat Pack, and not one but two George Michael tribute acts.