Blackmore's Blood I saw Blackmore's Blood in Glasgow a couple of days ago and they were excellent. I'd thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking for a good night out with great music and for only £8 (£6.50 if you paid in advance).
Re: Blackmore's Blood That's got to be the best laugh you could ever have in Glasgow for £8.............
Remind me, Which Era did Blackmore wear a Pork-pie Hat during ?!!
Even more amusing, if the spare guitar stored on top of the Marshall Stack had fallen off and landed on "the Blackmore"! Very fitting that would've been. Nice way to ruin a guitar though, sit it on top of the valves of your amp! Sensible stuff,
Hears another lot that do something similar, though sound like they try to play the difficult bits, rather than just miss them out! Actually missing them out is probably a better move really but there you go.
Re: Blackmore's Blood Well, I guess I knew that would be the reaction when I posted the clips here. It's a fun night out with a band that don't take themselves too seriously (the singer has a nice line in self-deprecating comments). I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.
Well, I guess I knew that would be the reaction when I posted the clips here. It's a fun night out with a band that don't take themselves too seriously (the singer has a nice line in self-deprecating comments). I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.
Thanks for posting the clips Big-J, they were both amusing and enlightening. As you say it's pretty clear they don't take themselves too seriously. Though, it looks a bit like the guitarist just might take himself seriously!
Have you been fired from Blackmore's Blood, BSB? You seem to get very upset with some of these tribute bands?
No DanielB, I've not been sacked by any tribute band, I just find them incredibly amusing and equally pathetic at the same time! They all do their best to play the part, but I think it's really unfortunate that they don't play their own versions of these songs. Blackmore always does it better and does HIS versions of the songs. So surely these guys might take his lead there and adapt.
There's nothing more tiresome than watching a guitarist, who may be a perfectly fine guitarist in himself, trying to play in somebody else's style, ala the Tribute Band. It always sounds strained and forced, because it is. If they played as themselves, but played the tribute tunes then they would all sound so much better.
For example the clip of Mistreated from this lot here, the song is fine enough, but the guitar intro, back when Blackmore did it in the 70's it was something to be listened to, it was different and it new. This guy playing a fairly poor sounding attempt to copy it.....
A. Its badly played, stilted and unnatural.
B. Its irrelevant to the entire song, totally.
C. It sounds so lame, complemented by the Pork Pie Hat too!
Surely if you plan to copy the image then at least spend a bit and get a decent Top Hat, from the right era, not a bloody pork-pie ska hat!!
Big J said these guys don't take themselves too seriously, which I doubt, I reckon the guitarist certainly does and the singers self-deprecation, is probably because he's mildly embarrassed by being there!
It was the same with that pile of sh1te that JLT formed a while back, utter nonsense. Demon's Eye are a great band, when they do their own thing, but the guitarist with his "curtains" hair style and the "Blackmore stage moves"..... its totally embarrassing to watch, it looks ludicrous and doesn't sound much better.
So yes fair to say, I've yet to see a tribute band that I thought was actually really worth the bother.
Interestingly I see that across two weekends in May in Glasgow CatHouse they have Uli Jon Roth the first weekend and a Scorpions tribute the next weekend. Seems like the most idiotic billing ever. You can have the real deal, a true guitar legend followed by a bunch of guys pretending to be the same thing, it's beyond idiotic in my view. The players in the tribute are whinning on Facebook about how their "show" may be compromised by the real thing the week before!! Why have hamburger when you can have steak I say. There sadly wont be that many at the Uli show but there will be even fewer at the tribute "show". I betting they will be feeling the pressure for that gig and deservedly so.
A tribute band is just a way to make more money from playing, pure and simple. It's better paid than a cover band, if you get the audience, and not as well paid as a wedding band, unless its Abba Gold or similar, in which case it's just a business anyway! To me a tribute is maybe one step up the food chain for the guys who go out and mime to backing tracks and deprive bands who actually play of gigs they would otherwise perform. In general most musicians hate/loathe tribute bands and backing track players in equal measure!
BagShotBullets wrote:There's nothing more tiresome than watching a guitarist, who may be a perfectly fine guitarist in himself, trying to play in somebody else's style, ala the Tribute Band. It always sounds strained and forced, because it is. If they played as themselves, but played the tribute tunes then they would all sound so much better.
Re: For me, tribute bands are a legitime expression of fandom. They do the same as we do: They worship their idols. They just do it in a different way than we do: They don't just listen to the records and visit the shows, they try to play the songs themselves.
Whether this is interesting for the listener is another question.
For me, tribute bands are a legitime expression of fandom. They do the same as we do: They worship their idols. They just do it in a different way than we do: They don't just listen to the records and visit the shows, they try to play the songs themselves.
Whether this is interesting for the listener is another question.
I agree and in the main this is the case I'm sure. I still find it incredible that mostly they try to copy the songs exactly, including the parts which were ad-libbed on different occasions. That I find somewhat sad.
I don't believe the audience would actually care if they didn't copy the songs as closely as they try to, if perhaps they injected some of their own takes on the songs. Blackmore has always done this with his own material, he plays as he feels, he doesn't really even copy himself from night to night, so why do the people in tributes think they have to copy a specific version of the song, in identical fashion, its totally lacking in imagination, dull and frankly it usually sounds lame.
As I wrote before plenty, though not all, of the players in these tributes, are perfectly good guitarists BUT they try to be something/someone they just are not and it sounds totally strained and forced, quite simply because it is. If they played the tunes in their own skill range they would sound vastly better. I'd rather listen to a tribute band guitarist play his own version of the solos than f*ck-up his copy of what Blackmore played once. Point being Blackmore only played that copy once, next night he did something different again, so copying it is pointless anyway!!
Its all a matter of taste, but really being yourself is more important than being a copy. Tributes just don't get this at all.
Of course Cynically, tributes are just another way to make a buck from music too.
Tributes actually create nothing and they actually contribute nothing, it's why they are so loathed and detested by all musicians trying to get their original material out there! They tend to be viewed as parasites mostly and you can see why, they copy which is perhaps flattering, but somewhat lacks originality!