and some excerpts from Alton (you can tell he is one of my favorite guys) Taken from this web blog http://allmanbrothersband.com/modules.p … ;tid=13287 (and his almost big time band that i have been name dropping here for ever - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYz0tjm5nns and http://www.metalforcesmagazine.com/site … rior-mf15/ and the last long time project the sharkadellics http://www.sharkadelics.com/ & https://www.reverbnation.com/thesharkadelics
So, realistically speaking, what's the best-case scenario for a cover band?
To find out, I looked up Alton Eddins, guitarist for the Sharkadelics, one of the region's most heavily promoted cover groups. Eddins, once aligned with guys who would later form '80s metal outfit Firehouse, has had his own dalliances with original music. ("Everyone who knows me has heard that story 100 times," the guitarist jokes.) These days, however, he's with a band that's successful in its own right.
"I guess you could say that we play a lot of hard-rock and pop-type music," Eddins muses. "We play some funk, too. Songs like 'Brick House,' and things like that. We try to keep it interesting."
Eddins notes that songs by The Clash pop up in a Sharkadelics show as frequently as those by The Commodores – but his group's set list is largely composed of radio-rock tracks that almost anyone with an FM receiver would know. The Sharkadelics try to appeal to as many people as they can; providing variety is part of their job, and they take it very seriously.
Not long ago, in fact, the group was picked for a Budweiser sponsorship. They started getting bigger and better gigs, and their faces began appearing in print advertisements – courtesy of one of the world's most successful breweries. The Sharkadelics even received boxes of giveaway items to distribute at shows – a development that, not surprisingly, pleased the crowd to no end.
The only catch – if you can even call it that – is that band members now have to wear Budweiser-emblazoned clothes during their performances. They consider it a small concession.
Because the Sharkadelics now find themselves at the top rung of their chosen profession – an in-demand band playing to packed bars on choice nights. Eddins even claims that his group makes a decent living off their performances.
So, the big question: Where to next?
"Nowhere," admits Eddins. "Not around here, at least. Not in this market.
"Hopefully," he adds, "we'll be exactly in the same place 10 years from now that [we're in] today."
“Find your own sound. Dont be a second rateYngwie Malmsteen be a first rate you”
– George Lynch 2013 (Dokken, Lynchmob, KXM, Tooth & Nail etc....)