I don’t get tribute bands. I don’t get them on any level whatsoever. On Saturday, I was compiling a “Perfect Albums” post on my Audiolicious.tv blog for Led Zeppelin’s first album, when I came across a Zeppelin tribute band, Led Zeppelin Story.
As you can see from the video, this band is a pitch perfect replica of the legendary band.
But why? Why would a musician spend all their hard-earned skill and talent emulating a band you’ll never surpass in talent? Why spend so much time and energy playing music for which you’ll receive only refracted recognition?
I love Led Zeppelin. They are one of my favorite bands, but as a musician, however much I admire their work, I’d much rather put what skill and talent I have to use on behalf of my own songs.
I can’t imagine spending a career as a musician doing covers only, especially covers of only one band. And there’s something very strange about adopting the identity of another band.
From a music-lover’s perspective, I guess I can understand the appeal of tribute bands to this extent: If you’ve never seen Led Zeppelin, tribute bands are likely to be the closest you’ll get.
But still, how satisfying is that pale imitation of the original. Am I missing something?