Hey guys! I'm looking for a bit of advice from the more seasoned TBers on cover/tribute bands. Let me give you a little background info: I currently play in an original hard rock/metal band and over-all Im pretty happy with it. Since joinong, Ive improved quite a bit as a musician/performer, developed a little local following and met quite a few contacts in the local scene. I'm also a marketing major with a strange addiction to testing new marketing schemes (lets call it research ) Lately I've been intrigued by the idea of starting a Rage Against The Machine cover/tribute band. Mostly for fun, a little something to break out of routine. Ideally, I may also be able to bring attention back to my originals band (IMAIM), and make a buck or two on the side. All this on top of the fact that I think it'll go over well in my area (South Florida, mostly Miami/Ft. Lauderdale) My questions, however, are: 1. What's the real difference between a cover band and a tribute band? To my understanding a tribute band plays note-for-note and tries to emulate the authentic experience (sometimes with a twist) as much as possible. Or are they kind of synonims? (pardon my spelling, by the way) 2. How easy/difficult is it to find paid gigs in a cover/tribute band (in comparison to an originals band) ? 3. In your cover/tribute band, do you try to play note-for-note or do you sprinkle your own style songs? And how well does it go over for you? 4. Can you truly expect a cover/tribute band to truly rise above being something bigger than a bar/club band? Or is that essentially the niche it serves? All feedback, advice and constructive criticism GREATLY appreciated! Cheers!