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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer of Cover

If you’ve scrolled down the Georgia Theatre’s website as of late, you may have noticed that there is a rash of cover bands gracing the stage this summer. Cover bands are a tricky animal, usually hit or miss. The test is whether you find yourself walking away from the show thinking, “Man, I wish I could have seen the real thing” or “Those guys are bad ass! I wonder if they write any original stuff” (Not that original songs really matter when their existence is to play another band’s music). Cover cynics may turn their nose up at bands that profit off of sampling another group’s musical catalog, but cover bands are necessary to fill that unfortunate musical void- the experience of hearing live versions of those songs you blast on your stereo (or iPod, or whatever) over and over. Don’t knock it til you try it…

6/5: Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

David Bowie hasn’t toured in a few years, and this band promises to deliver the full-range Bowie experience: vintage 70s Bowie as well as the 80s hits. And you’ll get to hear “Ziggy Stardust,” obviously.

6/12 Abbey Road: LIVE! (Beatles)

This one is worth the relatively cheap ticket. The musicians are super-talented, and they play a large span of the Beatle’s extensive song catalog.

6/13 Wrong Way (Sublime)

Sadly, we won’t get to see the real Sublime perform, so Athen’s own Wrong Way picks up the slack playing all of their best jams.

6/25 Very Disco (Daft Punk)

With live remixing and DJ’ing the Daft Punk catalog, along with a trippy light display and stage show mimicking the real Daft Punk’s, this one sounds like real tribute.

7/2 ZoSo (Led Zeppelin)

The Chicago Sun-Times declared Zoso to be “the closest to the original of any tribute.” Chances are you missed seeing Led Zeppelin live in the ‘70s, so this is about as close as you can get.

8/6 Perfect Tool (Tool)

The real Tool is still kickin, but maybe if you’re feeling cheap or need to get your Tool fix in (this, I can’t relate to)- here you go. I’m sorry, one more comment: wouldn’t the “perfect tool” be Tool themselves? Just sayin…

-Julie McCollum

Listening to “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” by the Black Keys

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