Not to be confused with a Cover band.
A tribute act is a music group, singer, or musician who specifically plays the music of a well-known music act – sometimes one which has disbanded, ceased touring or is deceased. Probably the largest class of tributes acts are Elvis impersonators, individual performers who mimic the songs and style of Elvis Presley. However, most tribute acts are bands doing a tribute to a group.
Tribute bands have really increased in popularity recently, as not only does the music sound like the real thing, the musicians also look and act like the real thing too! A great tribute band will have carefully and precisely studied the look and movements along with their sound to give the audience the closest thing possible to seeing the real band at a fraction of the cost.
With a tribute band you get to hear the bands or artist’s greatest work as the tribute’s set list consists of all the hits of the people they imitate.
Some of the best tribute acts sound more like the bands’ original lineups than the actual band does these days — which is one of the main reasons they’re so popular. The top tribute acts in the business have become self-sustaining touring entities, keeping the classic-rock flame burning by performing the songs we all know and love to enthusiastic fans all over the world.
Interesting statistics for venues.
Different shows pull different types of audiences who’s spending behaviour is different.
Pink Tribute show
Can pull up to 400 people – mostly female
One venue pre sold 270 tix plus another 100 on the night!
Result: Venue looks really busy due to large numbers and bar takings are always way up.
Conclusion : Female pop tributes pull huge numbers of moderate drinkers who don’t really hit the pokies hard.
Guns n Roses Tribute show
Usually pulls about 1/2 the numbers of the Pink show – mostly blokes.
Result: Bar takings up – the same figures as double the size Pink audience …and Pokie takings way up.
Conclusion: Rock tribute bands pull heavy drinking pokie playing audience .
Check out our list of Tribute bands in the Pubs & Clubs Section.