Cover band VS. Jam band

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Paulabass, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Song- Knockin' on heaven's door.

    Cover band- Short intro>verse>verse>chorus>guitar solo>chorus>another guitar solo cause the song's only 2:45>2x chorus>outro

    Jam band- Rhythm guitar until most of the others figure out what song, and key it is>bass comes in, not on the 1, and not on the root>One singer starts, but realizes he does not know the words>the other singer starts>guitar solo>band misses the modulation cue, and is playing in two different keys>train wreck averted by KB player>guitar solo>verse>no one knows the words to next verse>guitar solo>modulate back down to original key>barely noticeable crash and burn>keyboard player starts playing a line that hints at segue to next song>space jam for five minutes while bass player walks off stage for a rest>next song.

    Now tell me- Who had more fun?
  2. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Seems to me they are both cover bands. One group just knows the songs.

    Knockin' is right up there with Free bird for me. I think an audience would prefer the first band.
  3. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    It all depends on the tie dye>metallica t-shirt ratio.
  4. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    If there's enough people to determine a ratio, they're doing something right.
  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    To answer the question, most likely the jam band had more fun. I mean, the cover band just played another non challenging classic rock cover perfectly while the jam band "made art" possibly on some reasonable to hi grade drugs.
  6. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    One of these sounds like a job. Which is ok. The other sounds like adventure. :woot:

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  7. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    None of the above. Yel_wink.gif
  8. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    No mention of the drummer in either scenario, so my money's on the drummer. Even in scenario 2, he could just lay back and watch the dumpster fire in sheer amazement, as long as he could 4/4 his way through it. Must have been hilarious from his perspective, and his band mates will never hear the end of it.
  9. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    Definitely not the audience. This song is a total snooze fest.
  10. I've been in some 'blues' bands where the lead guitar meanders around until the drummer figures out the beat and then the rest of band figures what song the guitar player is leading up to.

    This is for every song. Believe me, it's not art.
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  11. Dropping in low Ds and Cs and a high fill and decending line here and there, applause and getting paid.
    I had more fun.
    In my old band i used to slowly ascend through the whole progession hitting roots, thirds, fifths. The rythum player stuck with a nice on point strum during the run.
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  12. madbass6

    madbass6 Inactive

    Jan 13, 2009
    I do not give consent to use any of my photos ! please respect that. thank you.
    Cover bands vs jam bands
    is like comparing apple and oranges!
    Cover bands by rule of thum should be more organized and commited to doing things organized and the rite way or at least try !
    Jam bands are excakly that, jam bands! Having fun, just jamming !
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  13. The audience that went to the next club down the street. :smug:
  14. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    The real question is why would any kind of band play that song?

    It had it's place, but nobody needs to hear it any more. IMO, YMMV and all that...
  15. There's nothing worse than a "lead" guitarist who gets you lost. I was in a band with a guy like that once who needed a damn compass on his pedalboard. You never knew if he was tuning up, noodling, channeling Wes Montgomery or playing an intro. You had no choice but to wait until it got sorted out enough to recognize it. Very stressful.
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  16. seamus bass

    seamus bass

    Oct 23, 2007
    my house
    me, if it was dollar drafts
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  17. Who had more fun really comes down to the individual players. Some people are control freaks who don’t like or can’t improvise at all others enjoy it. My originals band is a mix. Half the band loves improvising, the other half is super anal about everything being well rehearsed with basically no improvisation on stage
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  18. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Huh? In both instances, the singer never yelled "Gimme some reggae!", followed by 8 or so bars of forced-sounding reggae?

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2018
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  19. I’d rather eat napkins than play that song.
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  20. Neither. Knocking On Heaven's Door is the worst song to cover on Earth and bands should only have to play it as a penance for some major violation. :D I think I'd rather play a Mustang Sally>Brown Eyed Girl>Stairway to Heaven>Despacito>Disco Duck medley all night than Knocking On Heaven's Door once.