What’s in a Name?
It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me,
I know. But honestly, I just haven’t had anything to say. Life has been pretty
ordinary. But finally, something got my ire up, so I’ve decided to share it
At my local gym the other morning, I was watching
one of the early morning shows while on the elliptical machine, and I saw this
rock group performing a concert. I couldn’t hear it, of course, but within
moments, it was clear to me that the song they were singing was Journey’s “Don’t
Stop Believing.” One of my favorite songs, by the way. But…the lead singer was
not Steve Perry! In fact, the guy singing, although he had long black hair, was
probably twenty-five to thirty years younger than Steve Perry, and obviously
Asian. Yet…incredibly enough, the band was introduced as Journey.
What’s up with that???
How, I ask, can they do that? But it happens all
the time. Just a few weeks ago, Frank and I went to Wolf Trap, an outdoor
amphitheatre in Vienna, Virginia to see The Four Tops and The Temptations. And
out of both groups, I think there was one original member in each. So, I’m just
wondering…what happens when those two original members die? Do these groups
continue touring around the country, calling themselves the name that other
musicians made famous decades ago? Yes, that’s exactly what they do—and it’s
wrong. Why on earth would I go see Journey perform without Steve Perry? These
are nothing but cover bands. Yet, they expect us to pay concert prices as if we
were seeing the original groups. And I’d like to know why it is that they can
A few years ago, Wolf Trap advertised a Chicago
concert. I went to Ticketmaster, ready to type in my Visa card for tickets,
when a thought occurred to me. Was Peter Cetera still in the group? A quick
web search, and I found out he was not. Hadn’t been the vocalist for the group
in years. Needless to say, I didn’t go to that “Chicago” concert. Any good
rock band can perform covers. But I won’t pay good money to see them without
the vocalist who made them famous.
Did you hear about what happened to John Fogerty
of Creedence Clearwater Revival? After the band broke up, he was legally
prevented from performing CCR songs by the others in the band—even though he was
the “voice” of CCR. Crazy!
Tell me, would you spend money to see CCR if John
Fogerty wasn’t the lead vocalist? Not me.
What if Ringo Starr started touring the country,
calling his group The Beatles? How could that, it any way, be okay??? It’s
like Palmer Candies putting their candy corn in a Brach’s bag. It’s
counterfeit—just as these bands who label themselves with the names of
bygone musical groups are counterfeit.
Calling yourself a tribute band is fine; calling
yourself the name of a former legend is not. And I, for one, will not
pay good money to see these fakes.
Whew! Glad to get that off my chest.
Congratulations to Claudette Flanigan from East Hartford, CT, my August website
winner. Claudette chose my “Caribbean Summer” necklace set from my Etsy.site as
her jewelry selection. She also won a copy of UNDERSTUDY. Be sure and stop by
www.CaroleBellacera.com, to enter my September contest.
See you next month…or maybe
not. Depends on whether I have anything to say. J