Comment of the Moment: Neil Young Cover Bands
It really can all get quite ridiculous sometimes.
We thought we might go after something fun. And safe & controversy free. You know, avoid topics like that insane $.99 MP3 ripoff of NYA "Cinnamon Girl"?!
So we do a little post on Bands Covering Neil Young songs around the world. So how could anyone have a problem with that one might ask oneself?
It seems that some feel -- like Marc C. -- who think cover bands are "lame". To which Roger of Live RUST takes issue with by responding:
Funny how you assume it's all we do?
As a Musician, correction, working Musician you learn quickly how to adapt and where your passion lies. A working Musician takes all these things into consideration and adapts to fit either a market or their passion...in some lucky cases, we get to do all of the above, which is where I sit. The very definition of a Tribute Band has nothing to do with people who don't want to see it but rather people who do. You go to see a Tribute Band to see and hear a show paying 'Tribute' to the Artist they cover. We never have the luxury of seeing the actual Artist near as often as we'd like.
It is a niche market so to say it is Killing Rock and Roll is simply ridiculous. I don't play Shows when Neil is in town because, yup you guest it...I am at the Neil Concert. These dates are often the single most profitable evenings for a Tribute Band as People leave the Show wanting more, but I take advantage of it as I am actually seeing the Man himself just as you would.
To assume the things you have regarding mine, or anyone else's Tribute is simply narrowed minded. As a matter of fact, to cover some things said...if you know about Venues that have Cover Artists, there is a Fee paid for the fact they have Cover/Tribute Bands...here in Canada it's SOCAN which get a Fee to pay Royalties.
The other point...Neil and Crew know we are here and have been kind enough to say to these Bands, or at least some of them (I can't speak for all of them here), Blessings. And as for myself, again I won't say it for others where I don't know the answer...I am doing this, many other Covers and my own thing.
Eat a Peach.
Roger LIVE RUST
Thanks Roger. Agree. excellent smackdown.
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