The Scene column, by Vicki McCarthy.
Ahhh, the tribute band. The cause of many a debate over a pint, it’s up there with the ‘covers vs originals’ argument. You know the one?
Some folk say that promoters don’t want original acts to grace their establishment and that they want covers and tributes instead.
While there are some venues that only book such acts, there’s always an abundance of promoters that support and pay original talent to appear on their stage, while also providing discerning gig-goers with occasional quality covers and tribute bands.
I say “And why not?” I’m personally passionate about original singer/songwriters, but I’ll stand up for covers and tribute artists also.
Step forward The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton, a jewel in our local music crown.
At over 100 years old, the pub has become synonymous with live music; championing local musicians and bringing the big, touring names to MK, they make no apologies for booking tribute bands from time-to-time, nor should they.
Last month the venue welcomed back Jilted Generation, The Prodigy tribute band (as the name suggests), who returned to a packed crowd.
The rather ominously-named Petrol Bastard opened proceedings, with the electro-punk duo giving a colourful performance that made onlookers dance and chuckle in equal measures.
Next up, the headliners Jilted Generation. Kicking off with Breathe, they unleashed an awesome, aural assault, meticulously checking off Prodigy hits from the past 25 years.
As fans threw their sweaty bodies around, it was obvious they were doing something right and the audience became immersed in the sounds.
The lads delivered each tune with the passion and energy seen in tribute bands that are genuine fans of who they’re playing homage to.
Signing off with Out of Space, Jilted Generation firmly proved that tribute bands do have a place in the live music scene.
Whether such acts exist to bring the music alive of artists no longer around, or they just offer an alternative means for a fan to enjoy their idol’s music, there’s always the added pressure of making sure that they are actually a tribute to the act in question.
After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
You can catch Vicki McCarthy Monday to Thursday on MKFM from 7pm to 10pm on 106.3FM and http://www.mkfm.com. Twitter: @VickiMcCarthyFM
This article was first published in the March issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Click here to read the full digital edition.