Tribute Bands Provide Cheap, Awesome Entertainment

It’s tough these days if you are a fan of classic rock ‘n’ roll. Bands like U2 and The Rolling Stones are still touring, but ticket prices are astronomical for the average person’s wallet, while bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin will never be able to play with its original members. No time machine has been invented yet to revisit Woodstock, but there is an alternative: tribute bands. Sometimes known as cover bands, these bands consist of super fans that play the hits and rarities of a popular band that may or may not exist today, usually at a fraction of the cost for the real deal. While some are better than others, talented tribute bands provide thrilling entertainment and make you feel like you traveled back in time. Here are some local favorites:

1. The Glimmer Twins: Named after a pseudonym for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, The Glimmer Twins have a solid fan base throughout the Northeast. The band captures The Rolling Stones’ arguably most creative period, from Beggar’s Banquet to Exile on Main Street. Keith Call (vocals, harp) and Bernie Bollendorf (guitar, vocals) dress and act cannily like Jagger and Richards, respectively. Honestly, The Glimmer Twins exhibit more energy than The Rolling Stones have had in ten years. Check out their website for upcoming tour dates.

2. Unforgettable Fire (UF): Named after the Irish rock band U2’s fourth studio album, this New York City based group was formed in 1995 and is one of the earliest U2 tribute bands. These super fans dress and act the part of U2, while also recreating the effects U2 uses when on tour for an extremely authentic experience. You can check out their song list and tour schedule here.

3. Get The Led Out: One of the most famous tribute bands, this Led Zeppelin tribute just played in Aston, PA on August 8th. While the band members do not physically resemble the original band, their sound should impress even the most die-hard Zep fan. As the band states on its website, “This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history!”

4. The Newspaper Taxis: Incredibly, this Beatles tribute band (whose name is derived from the “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” track) successfully honors the beloved band. The band plays everything in The Beatles’ canon: the early hits, the psychedelic numbers, and the classic rock – and they play them well. Like Get The Led Out, the band members do not try to fake a British accent, but they display great chemistry together and hit the notes exactly right. Currently they are playing the local circuit, usually for no cover charge. For someone who was born after The Beatles’ last performance, seeing The Newspaper Taxis is a priceless experience.

So before you spend all that cash to see your favorite band, explore some tribute options instead. What are some of your favorite tribute bands, or bands that you wish had its own tribute? Tell us in the comments!

Photo credit to Jacquie Kubin.

2 Comments

  1. Devon O' Connor

    August 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Love all of the band names! I wanna check them out now!

  2. Katie Antonsson

    August 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I actually really dig tribute bands. I always kind of laughed at the idea of them, but I went to a Beatles tribute concert once and it was a blast. I do want to see Get the Led Out.

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