||[Mar. 13th, 2010|09:14 am]
call me Coco
Tribute bands have been building for years. Now’s the time to elevate the concept into the equivalent of a Broadway show.
Let’s just canonize the music of yore and get it repeated endlessly. Shit, sell it as a series. There’s no hype, no smoke and mirrors, it’s not the original band, it’s an experience, that mimics the original, that reminds you if you were there and clues you in if you were not.
Doesn’t matter if the originals are still alive. Do they use the original performers when they restage a play on Broadway? No, they use younger performers.
It’s the material, stupid.
interesting idea. probably will sell tickets. but i'm not convinced that it's really all about the material. for ppl going to the Broadway shows, they understand that they are watching a bunch of actors. doesn't matter how good the acting is, except for the children, the ppl in the audience think of the ppl on stage as characters/performers.
But w/ music concert, no matter how theatrical the act is, there is always the assumption w/in the audience's mind that the person on stage is "real". that person may be a heightened and enhanced version of the artist, but it's still the real artist performing as themselves. plenty of musicians who are more deliberate in their performances had been called 'inauthentic'. and it generally means that you cannot separate the material from the artist and still have ppl BELIEVE.
the tickets will still sell if the show's good enough, but don't expect ppl bragging about going, b/c it's just rly lame.