Thursday, March 5, 2009

When a band's not what it seems.

As you can see from my Queen + Paul Rodgers reviews, you should be wary of any show featuring an established band being billed as "with such-and-such." Generally, you'll be getting ripped off. A few examples:

John Kay & Steppenwolf: Kay only used the Steppenwolf name so his old bandmates couldn't.

Asia Featuring John Payne: Payne didn't join the real Asia until the 90's, and all the other members are ringers.

Jack Russell's Great White: If you attended a particular show in Rhode Island, getting a band with two actual members and three stand-ins was the least of your problems.

Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi: Iommi recorded "Seventh Star," which was supposed to be a solo album, but the record company demanded that he use the "Black Sabbath" name, leading to the album cover featuring that billing. Unfortunately, Iommi would go on to record more albums under the Black Sabbath name during the late 80's and early 90's, most of which have a terrible reputation.

And there are two competing versions of Herman's Hermits, each featuring only one original member.

Of course, there are many more bands which have gone through tumultuous lineup changes, but you're basically assured of getting ripped off if the band name includes a member's name; assume that all the other members of the lineup you loved are gone.

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