In Defense of Tribute Shows

It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the world of music no one appreciates a copycat, especially those who work for months and sometimes even years to bring something new and original into the world. Tribute shows -- that is, those with bands whose sole purpose is to cover the songs of one particular artist -- draw the ire of artists who work in the vein of originality because not only are the imitators not doing anything new or innovative, they are merely riding the coattails of those who do. But do they bring anything to the table?

Well, for one, the closest I've ever been to seeing Tool was in the form a of tribute act.

Maynard James Keenan wasn't there. Neither was Adam Jones, Danny Carey or Justin Chancellor. It was simply four musicians in love with Keenan's most popular creation, putting it out there on the stage.

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Jason Keil
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