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Old 08-20-2009, 08:09 PM
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So the FM Tribute band Wildheart is playing a free show at a casino here in Madison this weekend. My husband was asking if I wanted to go, but I have very mixed feelings about this. Part of me thinks this would be really fun, but another part thinks I would be upset and offended by the performance. Anyone ever seen them?

How do you feel about tribute bands?

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Old 08-21-2009, 11:35 AM
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So the FM Tribute band Wildheart is playing a free show at a casino here in Madison this weekend. My husband was asking if I wanted to go, but I have very mixed feelings about this. Part of me thinks this would be really fun, but another part thinks I would be upset and offended by the performance. Anyone ever seen them?

How do you feel about tribute bands?
I'm always attracted to trib bands. I even formed one once.

I don't know why you would be upset and offended. Color me confused.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:55 AM
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Tribute bands are there because the people involved admire the band just as much as you do that can't be bad or offensive, surely
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I've heard about Wild Heart before. Never seen them, but they seem to try hard that's for sure. Aren't the Lindsey and Stevie husband and wife in this band?

I can understand how one might be upset. We had an Elvis impersenator at my Grandmother's 60th birthday party. If I had a Stevie one at mine I think I would want everything to be perfect about the Stevie. However it doesn't get this personal when you are just watching a band - so I say you go.
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is this them?



after seeing the real deal...I could never go and endure this.
or at least I wouldn't pay money.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:31 PM
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I should clarify--upset and offended are too harsh of words to use. I do realize that these folks are paying tribute with is great. I just think I would be sad I wasn't watching the actual Mac.

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From what I've seen on YouTube, they (WildHeart) are pretty bad.
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:53 AM
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There are two types of tribute bands. One tries to imitate the original, trying to replicate their look on stage. The performers wear clothes reminiscent of what the original wears and imitate what they do on stage. This is a difficult type of tribute to pull off, because the performers have to act and have a certain "look." From the clips I don't think Wildheart succeeds at this. (They split Christine into two people, as if she was the victim of a transporter malfunction.)

The second type of tribute band is really a cover band. They perform the songs of the original but don't make any attempt to act out their stage act. This is easier to do because it doesn't matter if they don't look or act like the original performers.

For a group like Fleetwood Mac, where stage personalities are such a big part of the experience, it seems that an imitation band has a very difficult task. I think I'd rather hear a cover band who played their songs without making an effort to make the audience think it was watching the real band.
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is this them?



after seeing the real deal...I could never go and endure this.
or at least I wouldn't pay money.
I must say I thought they were excellent. I've never seen them live. Only from this video you posted.
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There are two types of tribute bands. One tries to imitate the original, trying to replicate their look on stage. The performers wear clothes reminiscent of what the original wears and imitate what they do on stage. This is a difficult type of tribute to pull off, because the performers have to act and have a certain "look." From the clips I don't think Wildheart succeeds at this. (They split Christine into two people, as if she was the victim of a transporter malfunction.)

The second type of tribute band is really a cover band. They perform the songs of the original but don't make any attempt to act out their stage act. This is easier to do because it doesn't matter if they don't look or act like the original performers.

For a group like Fleetwood Mac, where stage personalities are such a big part of the experience, it seems that an imitation band has a very difficult task. I think I'd rather hear a cover band who played their songs without making an effort to make the audience think it was watching the real band.
I agree. What "Wildheart" seems to be doing makes me cringe a bit. (Especially at 1:56 of that video)

I saw a "cover band" in Orlando at Hard Rock and they played every song off Rumours... without trying to look like the band. They didn't try to replicate the record perfectly, just their own interpretations of it. It was quite entertaining.
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I saw a "cover band" in Orlando at Hard Rock and they played every song off Rumours... without trying to look like the band. They didn't try to replicate the record perfectly, just their own interpretations of it. It was quite entertaining.
But it's the other type of tribbie band that gets booked at the casinos, city parks, festivals, & fairs. It's pretty big business.

I saw Sticky Fingers play at the Redondo Beach Beachstock one year. They're a Rolling Stones tribute -- looks, sound, everything. They were awesome.
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This is a great thread for me. I play with FM tribute band. We just did our first performance - a sold out show at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield Mass. We went somewhere in between. Our lead singer wore Nix-inspired outfits, our lead guitarist wore Pittsburg Penguins T-shirt. The audience seemed to like the outfits.
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But it's the other type of tribbie band that gets booked at the casinos, city parks, festivals, & fairs. It's pretty big business.

I saw Sticky Fingers play at the Redondo Beach Beachstock one year. They're a Rolling Stones tribute -- looks, sound, everything. They were awesome.
That's the thing... if you're gonna imitate them to a physical point, i.e wearing the band's clothing and what not you should sound a helluva lot like them. I don't think WildHeart is pulling it off. Kudos for them getting out there and trying, but it's not working for them.
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They are trying but the "Stevie" sounds like one of the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz.
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They are trying but the "Stevie" sounds like one of the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz.
Agreed. Although the other girl that is play pretending Christine isn't too awful. She doesn't much sound like her, but she sounded better than the other one.

I think if I had the opportunity to see a FM tribute band, I might.
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