Cover Bands don't have to have a great Lead Singer to be successful!

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  1. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Member

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    Great talent in the vocal department is always good to have, but imo a local cover band doesn't have to have a great lead singer to be a successful band.......just an observation.....
     
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    Your trolling skills are slipping, sir. You were never quite this obvious before.
     
  3. bobbyatomic

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    Very true, there's plenty of stuff you can actually do with one hand tied behind your back...
     
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    deep thought
     
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    I have been in three bands that had what I consider a great lead singer, one currently, and with mixed results. Having a great lead singer bears little relation to getting a lot of great gigs and having great success......
     
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    mscotts What?! Silver Supporting Member

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    Could not disagree more....
     
  7. Bankston

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    The successful working cover bands I've seen usually have more than one person capable of singing lead because singing 3-4 sets multiple nights a week takes a toll.

    And one thing's for sure, bad vocals will not land you repeat gigs.
     
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    A mediocre singer will kill a good band, even a great band.

    I've killed it on stage as a vocalist with so-so players at jams and have gotten compliments and gig offers and free drinks.

    I've watched good players stand around while people LEFT during the set of a crappy singer.
     
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    I'm not talking about bands with crappy singers, just bands with average singers who can sing in pitch and sound okay, but not great.....
     
  10. EricPeterson

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    Troll threads don't have to have a great OP to be successful.... just and observation ...........
     
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    I play in a band where we have different singers on different nights. I can tell you that our success rate is most definitely dependent on who is singing. The "best" one draws the crowds. We struggle with the the worst of the bunch.
     
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    Actually think this applies to Original bands more than cover bands ...
    In fact ... more often than not ...
     
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    IME a drummer who is solid is more important than anything! Granted I sing and have always been in bands that there were several guys who could sing well!
     
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    I think it can go either way. A great singer is not necessary to be entertaining in either a cover or original venue. I can think of a lot of artists who would have never cut it in a cover band but became iconic in music due to their voice. To me, great cover bands are about timing (bass/drummer), polish (putting on a show with little in the way of lapses), and entertainment (which includes picking the right songs). Yes, great vocalists put you over the top but I've seen great technical bands bore audiences because there was no stage energy.
     
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    Kind of condescending attitude. Could be the 'great singer' has a good day job and/or family but still likes performing, so he/she can only commit to a once or twice a month gig with a local cover band. Been the case with many players I have known over the years.
     
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    I'd agree but only if said band improvs their solos with flair and beautiful intensity...........
     
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    That is true. If a decent singer has a good personality, knows how to enjoy themselves and loves to entertain people, they are better suited for the job than someone with excellent pipes but zero communication skills.
     
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    Well, absolutely. There are, in fact, great singers everywhere who are not only not famous, but may not even be in music at all except for singing in the church choir......
     
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    Yo Kristian ...
    Think it's the exact opposite ... FWIW, I've found far more 'great' singers in Covers bands than Original Bands...
    In my experience ... would go so far to say, more often than not.
     
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    Then there's the great singers who have never sang anywhere!

    Mind blown
     
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