Any band or musician, if they get big enough, is bound to have tribute bands created in their honour. Look at how many Beatles tribute acts there are that tour around regularly. There’s AC/DC tributes out there, Iron Maiden tributes, Led Zeppelin tributes – and these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. On the first night of Amnesia Rockfest last year, the final act of the night was a Rage Against The Machine tribute (which was pretty good, I won’t lie).
A number of great tributes have come through Peterborough Musicfest over the years, too. A couple years back, CHEX Newswatch’s Caley Bedore and I got to meet The Rolling Stones! Kind of… It was actually the guys from Hot Rocks, the tribute to the Stones.
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) July 28, 2013
Speaking of, a great series of tribute shows, Classic Albums Live, will be taking the stage at Del Crary Park tomorrow night performing Fleetwood Mac. And this weekend, Hotel California will be performing their Eagles tribute in the same spot.
So with all these tons of tribute acts out there, how do you get YOURS noticed?
Having an Elvis impersonator as a frontman certainly doesn’t hurt.
It’s a recipe we’ve seen work before with Dread Zeppelin, the reggae band who covers Led Zeppelin and happens to have an Elvis impersonator at the mic.
Man, I love me some Dread Zeppelin – and not even in an ironic way. It’s just such a perfect mix of three things that have relatively little in common – and it’s just pretty funny too.
I’ll straight up admit that I’m no expert on bands with Elvis impersonators as frontmen. I know there’s thousands of impersonators out there who just perform his music, but I’m hard pressed to come up with another act that fuses Elvis as a frontman with another band’s music. Aside from Elvana, that is.
I just discovered this group from the UK which consists of Elvis, Danny Cobain, Rob Novoselic and Bobby Grohl. Team Rock spoke with The King to find out how it started:
“It just started out as a stupid conversation about a year and a half ago. We’ve been doing music as long as we can remember – we’ve been in and out of bands trying to make it and release CDs, but nothing particularly happened. Danny, our guitarist, said he was interested in doing a cover band. I’ve never been one for doing covers; I much prefer doing original material and all that. Danny said he wanted to do a bit of his favourite stuff: a bit of Nirvana and a bit of Elvis Presley, and that’s literally where it came from.”
“Just saying: ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if we had Elvis singing Nirvana. Of courseyou’d call it Elvana, wouldn’t you? Hahaha.’ Then there was this moment of silence. ‘Elvana? Could we… nah, that’s just bollocks, right?’ We kept coming back to the idea and did a rehearsal – it works a lot better than you’d think, especially with songs likeAneurysm, School and Lithium. I’m not gonna profess that I’ve got the greatest Elvis impersonation in the world, but I’m working on it!”
I was a little skeptical at first, but this cover of Aneurysm really DID work very well:
So far the band have not released any official music videos, but a series of teaser videos:
You know, watching these videos is giving me flashbacks of my teenage self, playing drums in what for a while was essentially a Nirvana cover band. We did other stuff too, but I’ve jammed on all of these songs (and a BUNCH more) many times. In fact, if you know where to look, you’ll find videos of some of them on YouTube… But I’m not about to embarrass myself by telling you where to find them.
It looks as though they’ll be touring a bit around the UK, but I’d be surprised if they ever came to North America. You know – we might need to start our own Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute here in North America.
I’ll play drums if anyone’s interested!