So a quick check in from me today. As you may or may not know, I get to work with some great covers bands and tribute acts every single week. Mostly I have a great time and get to meet some fantastic people. I also get to meet some total douches along the way too. Im also sure that not everyone in that industry thinks fondly of me all the time. It’s just a ‘catty’ small world I guess.
Well this weekend, Im working with ABBA Sensation which (even though Im not an Abba fan) ranks up there as being one of my favorite Abba Tribute bands. Quick Abba Tribute ‘Fact’, did you know there are an estimated 73,000 Abba Tribute bands in the world? Nope? neither did I, I looked it up. But it’s safe to say that they all are keeping the economy running smoothly in the glittery spandex and wig sectors (if there even is such a thing)… My reason for liking them? They are young! Most Abba tribute bands who are established on the UK and international tribute circuit have been going for over 15 years! After that amount of time, the spandex doesn’t sit as well as it used too Im sure (Ask Hulk Hogan) so it’s nice to see a younger crew take on the challenge of being Abba. They are vibrant, they sound great all the way down to some rather strange ‘sweedish’ accents, I’ve never been so I’ll take their word for it. Bottom line is, it’s a great show and it beats the other older Abba acts in to the middle of next year. A friend of mine worked an Abba show at a large corporate event with another Abba Tribute (I won’t incriminate) and one of the leading ladies was SO OLD she actually had to be helped on to the stage. That’s just tragic! And the corporate organiser would have paid good money for that, my friend told me she had the life on stage of a Harold Shipman patient (look it up)
It goes without saying that Im all for younger people coming through on to this scene as that’s what it really needs. There are some Tribute acts that are timeless - Abba, The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Sinatra… the list goes on, but the tribute industry won’t unless the torch is passed or the gauntlet (so to speak) is picked up by a younger talent ready to give it all they’ve got. Yes! It’s a kooky industry, but someone has to do it. Take an artiste and put your own spin on things or even re-write the history books a little like Matt Goss (yes, him from Bros and Blade) is doing in Vegas > http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/videos/2010/jan/28/748/ < Anyway, Im looking forward to this Saturday when I work with Abba Sensation IMO the UK’s finest ABBA Tribute band, I believe you can check them out here - http://www.abbasensation.com/ stop by and show them some love.
Thanks for dropping by!