Monday, 23 April 2012

T is for Tribute Bands

Tribute acts are pretty shit. It's one thing to cover songs from your favourite bands, but to pretend to be them, on stage, for an entire set, well there's something really quite sad about that if you ask me.

Could we call them failed musicians? Probably. I have a mate who once did the sound for the Bon Jovi Experience when they played Manchester. Although they hailed from Birmingham, my friend explained how they had spent the entire evening talking in New Jersey accents, walking round the venue with the swagger of an arena band and generally acting like a bunch of dicks with over inflated egos. Oh dear...

Looking at it from that angle, tribute acts just aren't worth bothering with. However, there are odd moments of genius in the whole tribute act set up. Ladies and gentleman, introducing Beatallica...

Beatles + Metallica = Beatallica 

Giving Beatles songs a metal mash-up, Beatallica mix elements of both bands to create something that is bat shit crazy and hilariously funny.

Band members:
* Jaymz Lennfield
* Grg Hammeston
* Kliff McBurtney
* Ringo Larz (my personal favourite)

Take these awesome song titles:
* 'The Thing That Should Not Let It Be'
* 'Hey Dude'
* 'And Justice For All My Loving'
* 'All You Need is Blood'

And these awesome album titles:
* The Grey Album (The Beatles did The White Album, Metallica did The Black Album)
* St Hetfield's Motor Breath Pub Band

Random fact:
The band were issued with a cease and dissist order by The Beatles' record company, but Lars Ulrich stepped in to lend the band Metallica's lawyer.

If you like this, you may also want to check out Gabba (The Ramones + Abba) and Bat Sabbath (Cancer Bats doing their punk/hardcore take on Sabbath).

Oh and just in case you were wondering, if I had a tribute act we'd be called Bloody Holly and we'd play Buddy Holly songs in the style of The Misfits. Hell. Yeah.