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How many bands have had steady membership
Posted by Cliff
on 4/10/2018, 1:44 pm
It has been a long time since I have posted here but I do follow the discussions closely and the discussion of what makes up a “tribute band” has fascinated me. I’m currently watching a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert and started thinking about how many different people have been in the band so I looked it up. The answer turned out to be 19. Wow! And there never seemed to be much doubt that one was listening to the Dirt Band when at a concert or listening to a recording regardless of who was currently in the group. Then I just started to think about other groups. People dropped in and out of the Eagles, the Byrds, The Beach Boys, and another Wow!!.......what about the New Christy Minstrels. PP&M did remain steady but The Chad Mitchell/Mitchell Trio had two or three changes before they actually changed the name of the group. It appears as in other aspects of life change is the norm. I think when it comes to music that fans often are more concerned about the music itself than who is playing it. I saw almost every configuration of the Kingston Trio and admit that the Nick, Bob, John version was my favorite but always enjoyed equally going to a concert of whoever was in the group. It was always about the music. When I go to the symphony I don’t care who the players are. I just want Brahms to sound good. When I go to a Kingston Trio concert I expect the songs (old and new) to sound good. I loved George, Bill, and Rick. They did not sound like the Nick, Bob, John group at all but they were really good! If I go to see the current group and the music is done well then it’s GREAT! If the music stinks then an era has come to an end which would sad.
Getting back to my thoughts regarding a tribute band I guess in my mind as long as there is one original member I will call it the “original” since there is some sense of authenticity or history is there. However, it really does not matter as long as the music itself remains.
Sorry about the length. This is what happens when one finally retires. Too much time on my hands.
PS - I noticed in one post that the current age of some the members of the new group would work against them lasting very long. I would suggest the same for the GBR group. Like me George was born in 1947 which means he is approaching 71. Well done George but how many more years were there going to be? If George ever visits this site these days I want him to know that I was very disappointed when he decided not to borrow my D-41 and my Deering Black Diamond long neck banjo for a concert in Annapolis MD. I wanted pictures. Think I’ll go and listen to some KT now.