While most musicians create their own music, there are those that recreate magical experiences from the past and stage shows that remind us of the glory days. Tribute acts are growing rapidly, and while they continue to do so, let’s take a look at some of the biggest ones in this day and age.
Founded in Australia in 1988, Bjorn Again pays tribute to one of the most popular bands of all time – Abba. The tribute show now involves a number a touring troupes that perform under the same name. The act’s name is derived from that of an Abba member – Bjorn Ulvaeus and is a pun on “born again”.
A light-hearted spoof of Abba, Bjorn Again uses the pidgin Swedish stage names of Benny Anderwear, Agnetha Falstart, Bjorn Volvo-us and Frida Longstokin, reflecting Abba’s original members’ names. They are considered as the best tribute act to any band for a number of reasons which includes their longevity. The band has been running for twenty years, making it one of the oldest tribute acts. They have also toured with a host of popular artists such as Nirvana, Shania Twain and Cher. The way in which the act carries itself in terms of appearance is what appeals to most people, as they know how to dress, look and sound exactly like the members of Abba.
The Bootleg Beatles
A tribute band to one of the most influential groups of all time, The Bootleg Beatles are the most successful and longest running tribute act in history. Formed in 1980, they have over 4,000 live performances to their name. Usually, each show that the act puts up lasts for approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, and each gig comprises of song performances from five different eras of The Beatles.
Part one consists of The Fab Four, focussing on the period from 1963 to 1965 where “Beatlemania conquered the world”. Part two showcases the Revolver era of 1966, the end of recording and touring, and 2 songs for The Beatles’ home city – Liverpool. Following a short interval is the “psychedelic explosion” in part three that focuses on the band’s Sgt. Pepper era of 1967. Part four comprises of the “Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine” that relives the “All You Need is Love” era and part five ends with a “Let it be” rooftop finale.
Covering singles from one of the world’s best progressive and psychedelic rock bands, Pink Fraud has received applause from all corners of the world for their excellent imitation of Pink Floyd. The tribute act focuses on the band’s era between 1968 and 1979, the period in which David Gilmour took over as lead vocalist and guitarist and recorded a majority of the band’s most famous tracks such as “Comfortably Numb”, “Coming Back to Life”, “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Money”, “Wish you were here”, “Hey You”, High Hopes” and “Run Like Hell”.
Pink Fraud uses the authentic equipment and clothing from that period and stays true to Floyd’s touring line-ups and arrangements, creating the suspension of belief for the fans that have been following the band since the 60s. Hailing from the UK, just like Floyd, Pink Fraud creates the amazing stage sights and sounds that make fans relive the experience of watching one of the most intriguing bands the world will ever see.
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