Topic: The Upside & Downside of "Tribute" Bands
This question kind of goes hand-in-hand with my previous post about American Idol.
Out here on Long Island, just about the only live music that is still viable for club owners and concert halls are "Tribute" bands that recreate - note-for-note - the music of classic rockers like Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, etc. Some of these bands are so spot-on that they have attracted followings that rival the real thing. The prevailing attitude is, why pay a couple of hundred dollars to see old, fat guys struggle through songs they recorded 40 years ago when you can pay $10 or less to see a group of young musicians in their prime play the crap out of those same songs?
I am glad to have these groups, as I can no longer afford to pay concert ticket prices for my favorite artists, but, as with American Idol, I wonder how long we can sustain any kind of music business as long as the only thing for kids to aspire to is to be able to deliver flawless copies of the same old songs year after year.
Does anybody have an opinion about this? I suppose, on the one hand, it's good that these bands are keeping such great music alive; but, on the other, where is the incentive to make NEW great music to be emulated 40 years from now?