I'll admit, I've never quite really gotten the "tribute band" concept, wherein some group of musicians gather together to recreate a dead band's live show, sometimes down to the stage design and period instruments.
Don't get me wrong. If The Musical Box was performing somewhere nearby, I'd go see them, but, really, if I want to listen to note perfect versions of Genesis tunes, I've got all the albums (including live ones), so why bother? I mean, even Beethoven's Ninth gets played in slightly different ways from orchestra to orchestra, why should "Firth of Fifth" be any different? But at least with a group like Genesis, you're dealing with a fairly set structure, musically speaking.
This one, I just don't get at all. Because the girlfriend and I saw Adiran Belew at Club Cafe a while back, I get regular emails from them about upcoming shows. On Thursday, they'll play host to Strange Design which, according to their website is known for:
[r]ecreating Phish shows in their entiretyI'm not particularly a Phish phan, but wasn't part of their appeal the fact that no two shows were the same? The constantly shifting setlists and extensive improvising made each performance unique, right? Doesn't recreating any single one of them seem pretty much pointless? Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it doesn't seem likely.
I appreciate the desire of folks to hear their favorite music played live, even if not by the original artists, I just don't get the slavery to "authentic" recreations. Wouldn't it be better to hear that music through new ears?