TRIBUTE BANDS: EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN

This piece was originally published October 18th, 2010.

Mini KISS Post IconNormal Halloween Activity: Putting on makeup, wigs, costumes, grabbing a big cheesy prop or two and getting to pretend to be someone else.

Normal Tribute Band Activity: Putting on makeup, wigs, costumes, grabbing a big cheesy prop or two and getting to pretend to be someone else.

In the past, I’d often deride and ridicule the many “tribute bands” that have come and gone (or are still around) throughout at least the last three plus decades. I would think of them as the performing arts’ Lowest Common Denominator of bands.

I felt that while the old saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the truth was closer—or so I believed—to a lack of originality, a complete loss for creativity, an inability to compose original songs, and a desire to just be a fan(atical) cog in some misguided pop dream machine.

For a number of years now, due to a few reasons, I’ve had a change of heart here at The Mystery Box H.Q. I have seen and experienced some incredibly talented and focused musicians playing in some really great tribute bands. They can be both fun, seriously good, and above all worthy of a music aficionado’s attention.


Can you guess what act Swede Dreamz is a tribute to? Continue reading, please click here…