Famous bands moonlighting as cover bands?

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  1. 27sauce

    27sauce Supporting Member

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    Last night a friend of mine was texting, and sending videos of Night Ranger playing at a private party here in town last night. Less than 100 people, full stage, full production. What was interesting, was they played a bunch of covers. Don Henley, Beatles, Deep Purple, ozzy...

    My buddy said that no big deal was made about them being there, and that he wasn't sure that people knew that they were THE band that sang Sister Christian, Don't tell me you love me... It was just like they hired a local party band...that was amazing.

    This was at about 10pm, and they had just finished openning for Dennis DeYoung at a festival earlier in the day.
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    I remember the Dalton Brothers opening for U2.
     
  3. 27sauce

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    Didn't an already huge BOC test out new material at bar band cover gigs on the east coast, back in the day?
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Also, doesn't Prince make it a habit to go out after his own shows when on tour and sit in with other bands, or take his band with him and occupy a stage of a smaller club and play into the wee small hours?
     
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    boldaslove1977 Silver Supporting Member

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    Similar but different....

    Billy Joel wrote Piano Man about a piano man gig he had in Hollywood when he was trapped in a bad contract in the early 70s. He already put out his first album but he was just killing time until he was legally allowed to move back to NYC and get back in the studio. Piano Man is a true story about the regulars in the bar who he got to know. Kind of puts a whole new twist on the lyrics.

    Billy went by the name "Bill Martin."

    Sounds crazy to be able to pull that off... but in the pre-internet age...
     
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    Anyone else think this was going to be another Led Zep thread?
     
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    Both Elton John and David Bowie did work for hire stuff, for "K-Tel" style compilations, early in their careers.



     
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    I think I posted back in March when I was in L.A. that I saw a pretty good cover band at a club in Santa Monica.

    80-10 peeps max, just family and friends, with a few other players just enjoying a nice evening out. They were;

    Steve Ferrone
    Will Lee
    Danny Kortchmar
    Brian Auger
    Jeff Young

    They played covers, though to be fair many were written by the guys in the band.:cool:
     
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    I saw them at a strip club in Charleston, SC, along with Foghat & Mountain.
    It went down with little fanfare & was surreal to be taking a leak right beside of the Foghat members.
     
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    Yep, if you can catch one, do so! He mixes up JBs, his own stuff, whatever he feels like. Will often switch between guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.

    REM would often test new material in small local clubs followed by long covers sets before they got to stadium level.
     
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    Not until you mentioned it.
     
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    I remember hearing about that. I believe that they billed themselves as " The Soft White Underbelly" or something like that.
     
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    Yeah and it's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday here at TGP.
     
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    Jerry Cantrell formed a fun cover band with Billy Duffy called Cardboard Vampyres playing covers of Alice In Chains, The Cult, and AC/DC. Saw them in a tiny club in my home town and everyone had a blast!



     
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    The Gin Blossoms used to play local clubs under a different name. If you are a band that has seen some fame and usually tours doing all original material, and for some inexplicable reason, still live in the same area and still like each other, I can see the appeal of doing a stealth gig of covers for fun...just like back in the day. Most bands started out doing covers. If you hire Night Ranger for a festival and they deliver a set of classic biker bar rock, they might have a lot of fun but the promoter might be a bit testy.
     
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    Night Ranger played a regular night ranger set at the festival.

    The cover band set was at a private party for local doctors. Still as night ranger. They played NR abd damn Yankees songs, as well.
     
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    those 4 guys running around in Kiss makeup are a decent Kiss cover band.
     
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    they called themselves The Soft White Underbelly if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    if they're still around, check out the Sin City Sinners in Vegas. When I saw them it was Brent Muskat of Faster Pussycat, Zach from The Heights, Jimmy Crespo from Aerosmith, and......crap, I forget the drummer
     

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