by Alex Macon Frontrow. dmagazine.com/2015/06/the-5-best-tribute-cover-bands
If you don’t see particularly well and maybe suffer from some kind of exceptional earwax buildup, you could be forgiven for wandering onto the grounds at Gexa Energy Pavilion this weekend and thinking you’ve found the greatest lineup ever assembled for a music festival. The Smiths. ZZ Top. The Beatles.
But it’s not meant to be. What is this trickery? The Smiths are never getting back together. The Beatles, as you know, are short a couple key members. The members of ZZ Top, while alive and well, would not be sporting fake beards. The Throwback Festival boasts an all-star lineup of tribute bands, with 15 of the best next-best-things playing on three stages. It’s easy to scoff at the cover band, but forming a tribute act is a noble undertaking that gives fans all the flash of their favorite bands without kowtowing to constraints of cost or time.
This weekend’s festival has a decent share of acts from around the country, but you don’t have to go far to find ersatz rock stars. Here are five of the best tribute acts in town.
KISS has probably spawned more cover bands than any other act on the planet, from all-female tributes like the wonderfully named Priss and Slutter to the little people lineup of Mini KISS. It’s easy to see why KISS Inc. has inspired such devotion. The makeup, the pyrotechnics, and the good-times tunes make it look like a lot of fun to be the world’s showiest rock band. A good KISS tribute act can also count on the support of some of music’s most rabid fans. What other band has a fanbase that, without any irony whatsoever, refers to itself as an army?
It’s hard to stand out from the teeming masses of KISS cover bands, but Dallas’ Rock and Roll Over manages to hold its own in a competitive field. The group will never match the shock and awe live spectacle of the genuine article (fireworks are expensive), but Rock and Roll Over is one of the best next-best-things you’re going to find anywhere. They’ve got the look down, they’ve got the sound down, and they’ve got a low-budget knack for the kind of theatrics that make KISS the greatest rock show on earth.