If you’ve ever been to an event that had a big gathering of people, you’ve likely seen a few buskers stationed outside trying to make a little cash off the gathered crowd. One of the best examples I can think of is the guy who sets up his drums and plays outside every Toronto Blue Jays home game:
More often than not, it’s musicians sharing their talents with the world. Yes, there are certainly different types of buskers around, but since almost everyone loves music, it’s pretty easy to connect with a busker who’s belting out one of your favourite tunes.
That’s why when a big name band is playing somewhere, you’ll often find buskers outside the show playing covers of the bands’ songs in hopes of someone appreciating it enough to drop a few bucks into their instrument case.
Iron Maiden are currently on tour, and they’ll hit Budweiser Stage (I still don’t understand why they dropped Amphitheatre from the name) on July 15th. Remember the last time they were in town? Friday, they were in Dallas, Texas. One of the songs they played was their classic The Trooper.
So it’s not a huge surprise that there was at least one busker outside the concert covering Maiden tunes. What is rather interesting, though, is how he was covering them. Saxophone is not exactly an instrument you’d hear in any of Iron Maiden’s music… Perhaps because this guy isn’t a member of the band. Check out this busker’s awesome version of The Trooper:
Ugh, it’s just so silky smooth and awesome! He totally nailed the guitar solo too.
It sure reminds me a lot of this excellent sax cover of Childish Gambino‘s Redbone (which has been getting all sorts of remix treatments across the internet lately):
What is it about the saxophone that’s just so inherently sexy? I think I finally get Kenny G’s shtick. Here’s the full song if you’re interested: