Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nothing Wrong with Cover Bands

While lamenting the passing of his favorite musicians, Jeremy Clarkson makes an interesting point.

At the moment, tribute bands have a fairly poor reputation. But I’m not sure why.

When elderly people go to see Rachmaninov’s Third, no one is ever disappointed to find that it isn’t actually the man himself on the ivories. Indeed, many derive a great deal of pleasure in hearing how other musicians interpret the great man’s work.

In fact, when you stop and think about it, the London Symphony Orchestra is a tribute band. It simply turns up and plays music written by someone else.

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