On April 7, One Night of Queen, a Queen tribute band, performed at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre. The band captured the essence of seeing Queen perform live, from the songs and staging down to the looks, looking and dressing exactly like Queen. The stage effects added excitement to the show.
The energy throughout the theater was high as the band encouraged the audience members to be on their feet. The band seemed to only play the super upbeat songs, avoiding many deep cuts and slow songs to give the audience a break. There are more Queen songs than just the hits after all.
The lighting was a bit much at times, often shining into the audience members’ faces. Also, there was one point in “Bohemian Rhapsody” where the band stopped playing and a recording of Queen doing the song, which most bands do not do, but the audience was into it nonetheless.
Here, Ashley grades the tribute band performances she saw in 2016.
Bruce in the USA: B+. Willing to see them again.
Tuesday Morning: A. So good, sounded just like Lynyrd Skynyrd
Get the Led Out: A+. Great experience, both concert and feeling.
Almost Queen: A+. Great musicians, donate merchandise proceeds to Mercury Phoenix Trust
Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, recently released a PBS concert special ahead of their world concert tour in 2017. The PBS special covers the entire experience of a Pink Floyd concert experience, from the music to the light show.
The 12-piece band seeks to imitate the sound of Pink Floyd down to each individual note from each vocalist and instrument. They capture the essence of each song and note using various instruments and computer programs.
There is documentary-style commentary that tells the story of the band and the background of how they formed the band. While this information is awesome and valuable, it would be better to have it between songs, not during the songs.
During the interviews, some of the name lines that appeared on screen got cut off. While this may not have happened on every TV or screen, it is important to ensure that it does not happen on any screen.
Overall, this is an amazing concert experience to watch and experience on public television. It is exciting to see a tribute band take center stage in a medium that does not feature tribute bands very often. This band is very worthy of the attention.
On November 25, 2016, Almost Queen, a Queen tribute band, made their tenth annual appearance at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. They performed hits such as “We Will Rock You” and lesser known songs like “White Queen.” Their interaction with the audience in the small and intimate theater was fun and frequent throughout the show. The concert was sold out, which is nothing new for this annual concert.
The guys took the time to talk to fans in the lobby after the show. Besides being crazy talented, they are also very personable. They took photos, signed autographs, and generally enjoyed the conversations with those who decided to stay. Merchandise was available for purchase, with part of the proceeds going to support the Mercury Phoenix Trust. This is a charity that was set up by Brian May and Roger Taylor to raise money for and awareness of HIV/AIDS, which was Freddie Mercury’s cause of death.
From September 1-4, 2016, Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that formed in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, played their annual residency at Sellersville Theater is Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
According to the band, the set list changed every night. On the first night, the band played songs such as “Rock and Roll,” “The Wanton Song,” “Moby Dick,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
The band lives up to its nickname as the “American Led Zeppelin.” Though they do not look like the original band, they sound just like them, focusing on sound rather than appearance. They even have 2 people beyond what the original band had in order to get the various vocals and instruments to mimic the style of the original band.
While they paid some attention to those who have seen them before, they were very welcoming to newcomers, explaining the goal of the band and why they do what they do. The band fed off the audience and the audience had a blast.
The trick of seeing this band live is to not leave right after they leave the stage. If the lights in the audience stay off, they will come back out and play a couple more songs. On the first night, several people were unaware of this and left.
The band is so personable. They have so much fun doing what they do and it is so much fun to watch. They perform each song like they wrote it and with an incredible emotional attachment not seen in many tribute bands.
Overall, the concert experience, particularly the first night, was phenomenal. The band is the real deal. They have so much energy and the effects they use enhance the concert. It is like seeing the real Led Zeppelin live.
Tuesday’s Gone, a North Carolina-based Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, performed at School Road Park in Hatfield, Pennsylvania as a part of their annual MusicFeast concert series. This concert was the second in the series.
The band played Lynyrd Skynyrd’s best-known songs and some songs that determined the “real fans from the real fans.” They dedicated “Red, White, and Blue” to the veterans in attendance. They even played “Simple Man,” which audience members were requesting towards the end of the show.
The audience was a wide mix of ages, from the very young to the older folks who grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd. There were a few teenagers and young adults in attendance as well. Tuesday’s Gone took notice of the ages and engaged the audience well accordingly. The wide variety of hits and lesser-known songs introduced the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd to old and new fans alike.
The band looked and sounded just like Lynyrd Skynyrd. They nailed the instruments and the vocals. Their sound was amazing, with the vocals and the instruments in perfect harmony.
They were a fun band to see perform. They brought the whole Lynyrd Skynyrd experience to those who have never seen them and to those who remember seeing them. They communicated with the audience, making it interactive and fun.
A good tribute band can be difficult to come by. They have to wholly encompass the artist or band they are paying tribute to. There are certain things that make for an awesome tribute band concert experience, and the best tribute bands embody all of these things.
The best tribute bands do their best to look the part. Some tribute bands decide to change their whole look to look like their part. Some band members may even decide to wear wigs to get the hair down. Many bands, however, have to do very little to look the part of the band they are performing as. In many instances, the lead musician requires very little effort to look the part while the backing musicians may take extra steps. Musicians in a tribute band may also opt to use the same instruments or look-alike instruments to look identical to the original band.
Great tribute bands can replicate the sound and style of their chosen band. The tribute band can reproduce each song by their choice band, down to the little stylistic nuances. The tribute band, including the instrumentalists, have their music memorized and do not need to rely on cheat sheets to play their music. They put in time and practice to solidify their song. The harmonies are exactly the harmonies of the actual band. The singing and instruments sound exactly like the actual band.
Awesome tribute bands embody the personality of the band they are performing as. They have spent hours upon hours “studying” the mannerisms of the musicians and know exactly how to replicate it in their shows. They know the mannerisms down to the dancing and even their hand gestures. These seemingly small things capture the essence of a musician, and the ability for a tribute band to replicate this in their performance adds a whole new level of authenticity to their concerts.
The tribute band knows how to engage the audience like the actual band. They do not focus solely on fans who have been to multiple concerts over the years. The tribute band should focus on the entire audience and interact with everyone when possible. The band should encourage concertgoers to sing along, clap, and dance to the songs when the mood fits. The best tribute bands are aware of what the audience is doing and how they are reacting to the music.
Many concertgoers go see a tribute band because, for some reason, they are unable to see the actual band or musician live. Geography, finances, and health are factors that can prevent people from seeing a band live. A tribute band may even be paying tribute to a deceased musician. For these reasons, it is crucial for a tribute band to replicate the experience of seeing their chosen band live. Doing so allows those who may otherwise not be able to see a musician to get a glimpse into their performances. It is important for tribute bands to be authentic for this purpose.