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With this kind of success as a possibility, it's no surprise tribute bands are forming at an astonishing clip.
On tributecity.com, a kind of loose Web index of tribute bands across the world, you can search for tribute acts by state, name of original act, name of tribute act, postal code (U.S. only) or style.
Philly has more than its share: AfterImage and Beneath, Between & Behind, both tributes to Rush; Liberation, the tribute to Chicago; Sweet Emotion, a tribute to Aerosmith; Ozzmosis, a tribute to Ozzy (not to be confused with Oz-mosis, from Erie, Pa.); These Crowded Streets, a tribute to the Dave Matthews Band; Meeting in the Aisle, a tribute to Radiohead (who play North Star Bar on Jan. 30); Almost Fab, a tribute to the Beatles; Forty Ounces, a tribute to Sublime; Trespass, a tribute to Genesis; and finally, in addition to Get the Led Out, you'll find two more Zeppelin tributes: Swan Song and How the West Was Won (the latter comprised of all teens).
Tribute bands from outside Philly are flocking here too. Recently we've played host to several different tribute acts from outside the area: the aforementioned Badfish; Appetite for Deception (Guns N' Roses); Back in Black (AC/DC), Satisfaction: A Rolling Stones Experience; and the show "Tribute Wars" at the Troc--with Appetite for Destruction (another GNR tribute); Tragedy (Bee Gees); Ziggy Starlet (an all-female David Bowie act); and Mistress of Puppets (an all-female Metallica act, not to be confused with Misstallica, another all-female Metallica act who play Johnny Brenda's with former Black Sabbath tribute band Iron Man on the 31st), just to name a few.
But that's not all! Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Springsteen, and the Fifth Annual Elvis Birthday Bash (with Elvis impersonators) are both coming to the Keswick, rounding out the current spate of tribute acts stopping by the 215 to find success.
It's a success some still find hard to swallow. They no doubt share the opinion of Mick Jagger who, when asked about Stones tributes by the Boston Globe in 1980 explained their success with a straightforward answer: "The appetite for recycled crap in this country seems enormous."
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