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

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  1. flatnine

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    Depends on definition of successful. If you mean play lots of gigs every week I'll buy that. If you mean play $5k+ gigs regularly I totally disagree...
     
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    I was in a band with a less than perfect singer who was however, a great frontman. We were pretty successful.
    Now I'm in a band with a great singer who doesn't have all the frontman chops but is getting there. We're not established yet.
    Both scenarios work, but the reaction we get with our current singer is far more gratifying. I think the pub band scene is pretty short of great singers and someone who is does really stand out. We're getting a lot of interest for parties, weddings etc.
     
  3. boldaslove1977

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    For what it's worth..

    My old cover band... the other guitar player was the lead singer. He's a good singer. Not an all-star. But good. More than good enough.

    They recently added a second lead singer... a girl who is off the charts... and suddenly they are getting much bigger (and better paying) gigs.
     
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    The 'why would a great singer be in a cover band' part implies that playing a cover band would be beneath someone with real talent.
     
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    Like what?
     
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    sounds like youre saying even if you have a great singer your cover band might not be that great.
    or, if your singer blows it doesnt matter as long as the band is great.
    Im not sure I agree with the second part.

    'great singer' to me is someone who can sing on pitch, has range, timing,
    good personality/stage presence, and looks the part.
     
  7. Heinz57Pep

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    Sadly, outside of singing jingles, playing covers is probably the most lucrative option.

    Being the next hot-sh!t original artist is way down on the list.

    Reverse the order of these criteria and that's the priority list for a party/variety band, starting with most important.
     
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    This!

    I'm in the same situation.
     
  9. Lucidology

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    Most of the singers I have backed up or have been in COVER bands with ...
    Could Out-Sing a great many of those who are famous ...
    This I say without an ounce of trepidation ...
     
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    Maybe it's because everybody else in your bands suck. :dunno
    It all comes down to how entertaining the singer is, whether it be by the sheer awesomeness of their vocal skills, their personality/ability to connect with the crowd, or both. I've seen plenty of "average singers who can sing in pitch and sound okay" kick the crap out of better vocalists who are stiffs on stage.
     
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    The OP has been in 3 bands with "Great" singers.....I'm guessing we'll just have to take his word for it.

    I've been in one band with a great singer. It opened doors that had always been closed before. This was true even though he didn't have much stage presence...all we had to do was send links to our songs and we'd get gigs.

    You can get it done without a great singer but everything is so much easier with high end vox....
     
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    Again, I wasn't talking about a singer who "blows".....I'm talking about a band with a singer with an average voice vs. a band with a sing who has a GREAT voice.......to me a singer "who can sing on pitch, has range, timing,
    good personality/stage presence, and looks the part" doesn't complete the picture of a GREAT singer......a great voice is a great voice....you know it when you hear it.
     
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  14. Turi

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    Your cover bands don't need great singers to be successful, because they don't exist.
    I get gigs purely because of my voice, nobody gives a F about my guitar ownage.
     
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    Careful, some around these parts don't take kindly when his trolling is pointed out. Some white knighting ensues.
     
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    So I'm clear, you think playing leads note-for-note is important, but a great lead singer is of no particular benefit.

    Well ok then..

    Peace,
     
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    I don't know, maybe to get paid?
     
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  18. PatrickE_FenderADV

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    Spot on!

    Again... we ARE talking about 2HB here.
     
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    As long as we are talking trash. Beside vocals being overrated, so is rehearsing. Just my observation from seeing too many crappy cover bands.

    Personally I think great vocals are key to a top notch band, so isn't a tight, well rehearsed rhythm section. Maybe that's why, I'll take a dj over a weekend warrior cover band much of the time. If you are deaf, YMMV.

    On the other hand, I've seen some great bands play covers in addition to there original material. My rule of thumb is that if the are truly "local", I'll pass. If they schlepped here from another state, then they are worth a chance. This criteria works pretty well for me.
     
  20. loudboy

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    A high-end cover band will provide more income over the long run, than most label deals.

    I've said this about the auditions on American Idol - almost any good cover band singer could kill any of the semi-finalists on that show. They're just not stupid enough to sign the usurious contract.

    OTOH, a great singer who doesn't know how to entertain, or doesn't look as good as an attractive lesser-talented singer, will be in the minus column.
     
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