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you wanna be in a tribute band?
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life and work of top Stereophonics tribute band The Monophonics.
a tribute band?
Get out of here! A tribute band is a lookalike, soundalike band
that imitates the works of a famous band.
Such as The Monophonics being a tribute to The Stereophonics, or
Gobbie Williams being a tribute to Robbie Williams, or NU2 being
a tribute to U2. In fact, the only way to tell if you’re a famous
act or not these days is to check if you’ve got a tribute band performing
do people do it?
it’s just karaoke!
Ah, well that’s where you’re wrong, isn’t it? Did you watch those
talented young Monophonics boys properly? Didn’t you notice they
were playing their instruments for real? You know, they’re proper
why don’t they play their own stuff then? They do – ‘cos they’re
clever and sneaky like that.
Well, think about it… you could form a tribute band to the biggest
band in Wales since sliced Manics, travel the country (and abroad)
getting paid to play someone else’s music to an appreciative audience
every night, whilst sneaking in a couple of your own tunes on top.
Everybody’s happy, nobody gets hurts, and a grand night is had by
enough, is that what all tribute bands do?
No, some tribute bands are made up of old has-beens and never-were’s
who are as bad and boring as the bands they’re playing a tribute
to. But hey, that’s rock ‘n’ pop for you!
tribute bands make much money?
It depends how popular the original band is and how good you are
at cloning them. The Monophonics work between 5-7 nights a week
up and down the UK and even abroad. They don’t make as much money
as The Stereophonics, but they do quite nicely thank you very
how do I start a tribute band?
Same way you start any band – get some mates together, decide who’s
gonna play what, and then start rehearsing. Do not, therefore, decide
to be a Meatloaf tribute act if you’re 5’4’’ high and weigh 9 stone.
(Maybe you should think about a Prince tribute act instead).
do we get gigs?
Tribute acts tend to perform on the cabaret circuit – in pubs
and clubs, where they’ll pull anything between one man and his
dog to 500 people. The cabaret circuit relies on cabaret agents
to supply their acts. There are numerous cabaret agents out there,
some better than others.
do I tell the difference?
It’s a difficult one to answer, but be wary of signing up to any
agent who has more than a couple of acts who already cover your
tribute band – you’ll just end up bottom of the pecking order.
do I get onto an agent’s books?
Just contact them, supply them with a CV and some photos. If you’re
any good, you’ll get an agent. If you’re absolutely useless, you’ll
get bored and get a job as a plumber instead. Now plumbers, they
do earn good money.
are the future prospects of a tribute band?
Like all good things, top bands age, fade, and fall out of fashion
– and so, therefore, do their tribute bands. Then you could either
form a new tribute band to the latest thing or pray the band get
killed in an avalanche, thus insuring their immortality and your
opportunity to continue performing for those fans who never get