Tribute Bands – The Upbeat Beatles at Skegness – Photos

I don’t like tribute bands. I don’t care how good they are. I think they are a negative experience. I can’t see why anyone talented enough to play that well would want to be so uncreative. Tribute bands are ruining Rock Music.

Now I can see the flaws in my feelings. It is creative to mimic another person so closely. It is no difference to performing in a play. A lot of bands cover other people’s songs. What’s the difference?

I don’t like them.

The Upbeat Beatles were good at what they did. John and Ringo really looked the part. George didn’t really look like George though. They played their part – though I found it irritating the way they referred to each other as if they were really Paul, John, George and Ringo. They focussed on the earlier Beatles of course. That was to be expected.

I just don’t like Tribute Bands. It’s mercenary.

12 thoughts on “Tribute Bands – The Upbeat Beatles at Skegness – Photos

  1. In the case of Pink Floyd and the Beatles, you cannot see the real thing, a tribute is the only way to experience the ‘ live ‘ moment. Not ideal but should the music die with the band? If you don’t like don’t go! Simples.

    1. I know – part of me agrees Odette. It just feels a sham to me. I’d like to see that talent doing something more creative. I don’t usually go to see them. This one just happened to be on at the festival. They were good but you can’t match the real thing.

  2. I agree. I don’t see the point of them. Musicals about bands are ok & covers ,some of which are better than the original. If you like the music then it lives on when you play it. It’s possible to experience the original artist in any event even if they are dead. It can be done through holograms like has been done with Elvis Presley & Roy Orbison. What’s the difference between live and a hologram in this technological age anyway except in your own mind?

    1. I’m not sure about holograms either Bede. I think that there is something emotional and psychological about the relationship to live music that is just not there for me with a tribute band.
      I agree about covers. A person can cover a song and make it their own. That charges it with emotion. I quite like the advent of these musicals too. But they have a dramatic element that creates something different.

  3. Opher, if you go to a large festival and you are sitting 800 metres from the stage, you may as well be watching a hologram That’s why I prefer small gigs.

    1. Bede – that is generally true. But you can see from the shots that we were right up close. There is something about live music, with its potential to do anything, that a hologram can’t achieve. I’d be interested to have a look though.

  4. yes but you were watching acts which draw a small audience. If you go to a large festival unless you have tickets near the stage, you will probably watch the acts on a large screen because the stage will be too remote to see the acts clearly plus you won’t be able to tell whether the music is live or whether they are miming.

  5. I too used to shun tribute bands, so I get your point. But I now will attend some. Yes, it is the only way to experience live music of bands no longer alive or touring. The bonus is that the audience is always into the show, because they have attended specifically to hear that music, and to sing along and enjoy it. Count on a fun atmosphere every time. Tip: Sit in the middle of the theatre, where you don’t see the band up close. Rather than giving in to the visual reminder that they aren’t the originals onstage, you can feed off of the appreciative audience. No, John and George, Jimi, Janis, Keith Moon and Freddy Mercury aren’t onstage. But with a good band and audience, their spirits are in the room.

    1. I’ll try my best but there is something about it that doesn’t feel right to me. It is sad that all those people are gone and there is no way of seeing them now, and that tribute bands keep their music alive – but overall I think I prefer my memories. I’ll try and take your tip and sit in the middle (with my eyes shut).

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