When a band covers a song, it should go one of two ways: Either the remake should be a virtually flawless representation, or come out as a startling contrast from the original. Cover bands, on the other hand, are a different story altogether; fans go to see them because they want a copy. Not a phoned-in attempt or a new remix, but a version so close to their favorite band it that sounds, looks and feels like their favorite band. Tonight, 40 Oz. to Freedom is back in Denver at the Bluebird to fulfill this desire in Sublime fans, with its on-point version of the Long Beach trio.
Board shorts, Coronas and all, 40 Oz. tapped into the still-thriving Sublime fan base over four years ago, long before the original group decided to reunite with Bradley Nowell sound-alike Rome. Dane Scott leads this four-piece through the band's fairly limited catalogue with precision -- and while Nowell's lyrics might not have been the most insightful, his gritty, sunny croon had a surprising depth, and Scott nails it.
On the other side of town, at Casselman's, a different kind of tribute is going down as two versions of Motley Crue and two versions on Metallica battle it out in a "Hair Meets Thrash" tribute show. Hooligan's Holiday and Give 'er Hell will represent the Crue, while Whiplash and Dragline play as Metallica representatives. All bands on this bill are Colorado-based, and considering that both original groups have deep discographies, there are plenty of chances for the replications to do right by their living, hairy metal gods.
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The 40 Oz. to Freedom Sublime tribute show at the Bluebird Theater is sixteen and up, and tickets are $12.50-$15. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8.
The Hair Meets Thrash event at Casselman's is 21-and-up, and tickets are $7-$10. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8.