Once again the city of Warren, Ohio has decided to do these concerts with tribute bands. I am saddened that talented musicians have to pretend they are some other musicians to make a living. I suppose if you are a musician who lacks imagination and creativity forming a tribute band is a good gig for you. Most of these shows will be at the Warren Amphitheater. On April 25th, the Moody Blues tribute band Time Traveller performs alongside the W.D. Packard Band. The location is the Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Avenue at 8pm. Tickets range from $13 to $29 for the concert. If you’re interested perhaps you can pay in tribute money instead of real money. If you love the Moody Blues you should have paid more money and seen the real thing live at the E. J. Thomas Hall show in Akron, Ohio on 04/07/2015.
It seems Warren is going to continue this terrible tradition of tribute bands annually. I have posted my thoughts on this waste of concert space twice in the past on this site. I will rerun it again for 2015 and every year in the future that Warren decides to run this waste of time tribute band concert series. Here goes:
I have never attended any of the tribute band shows in Warren as I’d much rather hear the worst band in the world as long as they were playing originals. Here’s where I make enemies. The truth is I wouldn’t have gone to seen many of the above classic rock acts even if they were the originals band. The only thing sadder than being in a tribute band is being someone who pays to hear them. People of Warren, please, please demand better.
I have never ever been a Queen fan. I could never understand how they could play a Nazi goose step beat and sing, ‘We Will Rock You.” Not with that beat you won’t Fred. And what in the hell is that “Bohemian Rhapsody” about? “Galileo you’re a boy scout he will not let you go.” What the F. As far as Pink Floyd the beat to “Another Brick in the Wall” is just as bad. I’ve heard enough Floyd and Led Zeppelin over the years that I never want to hear it again. I do miss Floyd’s, Syd Barret though. I tend to agree with a friend of mine who stated, “The best thing Skynyrd did was the plane wreck.” I thought that was way harsh until the millionth time I heard, “Free Bird.” “I’m as free as a bird who cannot fly.” Wow that’s tenth beer profound. Jimmy Buffett, ever notice how dunk people at his concerts are? I can’t get that drunk to appreciate him. I also hate mixed drinks. Alcohol should be able to stand on its own without a mix or it ain’t shit. You’re drinking the wrong stuff if you need to cut it with a mix so try a shot of Jameson. “Aerosrud” wrote “Love in an Elevator” and “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” If you didn’t know it from those lame ass songs they were using heroin. Those songs in themselves should be enough reason for kids not to do drugs. Just say no to “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” Aeroscrud has always been a third-rate Rolling Stones. Who needs a third-rate Rolling Stones? If we do we’ve got the last 35 years of the Stones third-rate career. Don’t “Start Up” Jagger it’s too late. I saw Journey at the Tomorrow Club years ago. It was when they had their first album out. They were very jazzy and quite good. They soon added Steve Perry and became a boring chic band. Kiss is not a band it is capitalism exploited to the max. Is there anything Kiss related that Gene Simmons isn’t having made by 8 year-olds at sweatshops in China? What genius wrote, “Hot, hot she looked hotter than Hell?” Probably the same genius in Foreigner that wrote, “She’s as Cold as Ice to Me.”
If you went to the concerts at the amphitheater you couldn’t have used enough drugs to reach any amount of groove quotient. In the old days at a concert folks took enough drugs they thought they saw God. At today’s tribute band concerts you just look at your watch and think God when is this going to end. If I sat through such concerts I could only get a smile on my face thinking about the Quran. You know that passage where 72 virgins are promised to martyrs. Truth is I’m not enough of a martyr to sit through such tribute crap. I don’t really care for that Ecstasy drug kids now use as at my age cortisone is my ecstasy.
The real thing. Moody Blues: “Question”
and just because you can’t get enough of the real thing….. “Tuesday Afternoon”
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ~ Erica Jong