Fans flock to hear tributes to their favorite bands

This article was originally published November 5th in MaineToday.

Over the next several weeks, you can wander into any of several Maine venues and here the music of the Eagles, Kiss, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads or Poison.

None of those bands will be there, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the millions of fans who have made tribute bands a major part of the live music business. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2017 that tribute bands employed 2.5 million musicians in the U.S.

Some real bands have spawned hundreds of tribute bands, like Kiss, while the legendary Beatles have given birth to more than 20,000 over the years.