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What Are Some Of Your Opinions On Cover Bands?  
User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39914 posts, RR: 75
Posted (12 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

Some friends of mine want me to play guitar in there RUSH cover band.
RUSH is a very difficult band to cover. It would be fun and very challenging.
Also, there are so many cover bands that do AC/DC, Boston, The Eagles and the Rolling Stones. If I hear 'Hotel California', 'More Than A Feeeling' or 'Under My Thumb' again I think In am going to puke!
they are great songs, just way over played

I've almost never heard a cover band do RUSH. Only once did I see a band play 'Tom Sawyer' and that's an over-played radio song too.
I jammed with them last night and it was pretty fun.

By the way, this is strickly for fun and not to be taken too seriously. If that was the case, We'd better play some original material.

Bring back the Concorde
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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Well I think that's just it. The reason for the existance of cover bands is that it provides an excuse to play without having to actually do anything creative (other than having a good ear to match the notes).

To tel you the truth, I cannot ever recall hearing a single cover band that I thought had any hope of a future on it's own. And most of the songs I heard were played pretty badly.

I can only think of exactly two songs played by a cover band that I thought were actually worth listening to. Superfly, my choices will surprise you:

Shania Twain "That Don't Impress Me"
Enrique Iglesias "Escape"

I actually thought that these two covers I heard were better played than the originals. But like I said, these are the two glowing exceptions to what is an otherwise endless sea of mediocrity.

Probably no reason anyone has touched Rush is because they are a very challenging band.

If you think you can pull it off, then I would love to hear a demo of "Limelight", "The Spirit Of Radio", and "Subdivisions".

Maybe I can be your producer and record a couple of demos for you using, of course, a Teac X-2000R. Big grin

User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Well your talking about my ALL-TIME favorite band here so you better not butcher it. I love this group and they are VERY technical. Typically cover bands like to have fun and get drunk while playing in front of lots of chicks. I say if you can cover Rush with a three person ensemble you have done something.

You have to be on your toes when you cover rush tunes and to get the full effects you better have about 50K in gear. I would love to hear a recording from your cover of this band.


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39914 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Man I am scarred now!
Just kidding! Big grin
As you may already know, RUSH isn't really a chick band.
They are my all time favorite band too.
My favorite albums are Power Windows, Hemispheres, A Farewell To Kings and Carees Of Steel. How about you?

Matt D:
The three songs you listed are the easiest. Big grin

To tel you the truth, I cannot ever recall hearing a single cover band that I thought had any hope of a future on it's own.

I agree, that's why this is strickly for fun and nothing more.
Maybe I can send youy down a copy on blank reel to reel tape.  Smile

Learning the songs by yourself and playing in the band is two different animals.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineXtristarx From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

coverbands.... a good thing. beside my regular band THE244GL i play in a SLIME-coverband. SLIME was a german punkband in the 80's. damn, we have so much much fun on our shows, the people remember that great songs and all gigs are more big partys.

User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39914 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

I will say that cover bands is waaaaaay better than Karaoke.

I know of a band that plays cover tunes but have drunks in the bar come up and sing. It's kind of like Karaoke but instead of singing with a tape, your singing with a live band.

Bring back the Concorde
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