False premise there Licht. Not a fan of cover bands but when one is so special they have over 50 million views they are worth noting. When their covers are better than the original they deserve praise.
How about this classic from the mid 50’s with the oldest sister (Rachel)sitting in?
Also keep in mind the skill in the studio engineer mixing/mastering. I’m learning how to do much of that and it is crazy hard
It’s way more difficult than one would think.
I’ve recorded a number of Def Leppard, Motley, and EVH guitar tracks.
Recorded the rhythm and leads, with a good friend laying down bass.
Only imported vocals and drums.
Took us days just using ProLogic and that’s not factoring in the time spent using Final Cut, since we visually recorded it as well.
The professionals are artists themselves.
Correct Both recording in and out of the studio are superb as is the guy that takes care the video. They have requests from all over the world to perform and have escaped
the corporate leeches and grifters of the industry. Oh the founder Tim does have original music which can be found at their site.
I use virtual amps and virtual pedals direct in recording because I do it at night when the kids are asleep. The sound is rad… you can imitate almost anything virtually these days. I’m investing in a ton of plugins and loving it… I used to be a purest, and now I’m a pragmatist.
I still use my boss metalzone pedal and my RAT for some crunch before it hits my interface.
Guitar wise I’m using a 70s telecaster that I love… one humbuck and one single coil give me that blended sound I love.
My first ever guitar from 25 years ago was Les Paul Epiphone. Still have it and I’m going to give it to one of my kids.
Also playing a Heritage from the 60s, ESP LTD with a Floyd rose tree tuned down a whole step (super crunchy metal riffs for long sustain chugging – Metallica). My dad gave me his Yamaha AE1200S, this electric/acoustic monste. Got a Fender Jazzmaster bass, and then a bunch of acoustic guitars… I mainly play my Taylor.
I think I have 14 guitars in all plus a uke, mandolin…
Thinking of consolidating into a Les Paul but I can’t stand the thought of trading in guitars and losing value.
Lastly, I invested in Shur SM7B for vox and acoustic mic production and the difference is incredible. Treated my walls with acoustic foam… and I almost got divorced for spending all that money (kidding)
“I’m not trying to throw shade, but what is with boomers and liking cover bands?”
I believe the appeal is due to anyone raised in the era of R&R 1954- 1990 appreciates the quality of both the vocals and music created. It is very refreshing to see those of GEN Z keeping it alive and still relevant. This is not to say good music hasn’t been produced 1990-2021 but on top 100 airwaves it is rare. Far too much simplistic crap void of melody, harmony, and virtuosity.
Far too much simplistic crap void of melody, harmony, and virtuosity.
And instruments :)
That was what I was referring to with virtuosity. Should have included excellent audio and videography both live and in the studio. Only criticism is the blasé crowd response. JMO but they have to be told what is good or bad. They lack discernment for musical talent. I can remember going to a concert at the old Tampa stadium where ZZTop was one of the opening acts. Crowd was indifferent to the performance. I was shocked. Of course they might have been too stoned to notice. lol
New music is shit and has been for almost a decade. A few diamonds in the rough but rock is mostly dead.
The best eras of music (imo obviously)
Obviously DH and I don’t see eye to eye on 80s music. I like some bands: Cars, G&R, Metallica, Talking Heads… others that are escaping me… but I can’t get into glam/hair metal
My choices would have been 60’s 70’s and 80’S excluding the Glam ones. Also, appreciate the doo wop era late 50’s EARLY R&R etc. The 90’s belonged to women vocalists IMO. Classic rock peaked in the 70’s
I recognize they have hits that aren’t my taste… and even a few classics like running with the devil, are hard not to love
Just not my sound
Vocally Van Halen was weak. Obviously, Eddie was an excellent guitarist and combine that with DLR stage presence that sold the classic rock group. Not a big fan after all doing a “cover” the Kinks “You really got me” was their ticket to stardom. An argument could be made that it was better than the original due to EV’s guitar work.
On the subject of covers being equal or better than the original..