Something Cherished: Tribute Bands

Bands from older generations is something that is cherished by the people from them. Music is something that can bring back good memories and nostalgia from different times. But, sometimes seeing popular bands from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s is difficult or impossible due to price, accessibility or that the band isn’t around anymore. This is where the rise in popularity of cover bands and tribute bands came from. Cover bands and tribute bands have allowed for people to see their favorite bands from their childhood and teen years and relive those good memories and allows younger generations to experience music from different generations.

Contrary to popular belief, cover bands and tribute bands are different things and are both different experiences from each other. A cover band will just perform the music from the band they are covering and sometimes will cover songs from other bands. Tribute bands will not only perform the music from the band, but they will also dress like the band, have the same hairstyles and copy the same mannerisms as the band. Tribute bands offer an experience of seeing the real band because they are so similar. Cover and Tribute bands date back to the height of the Beatles success when a band named The Buggs created their first cover of a Beatles album. Tribute bands only became more popular after the Beatles split in the 70’s. Over the years, cover and tribute bands have only increased. Some prominent tribute bands are the Fab Four (Beatles tribute band), Zoso (Tribute to Led Zepplin) and One night of Queen (Queen tribute Band).

My parents are fans cover and tribute bands because they get to see their favorite bands and have attended many concerts including a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and a Led Zeppelin tribute band. My parents and their friends attend these concerts and I had Interviewed Laurie Orlop before the concert to see what the appeal was of cover bands

“I go to cover bands a lot because I would rather see my favorite bands for cheaper.I could pay $400 to see Fleetwood Mac or pay $50 to see a Fleetwood Mac Tribute band. They’re so talented that it doesn’t make a difference to me”

I had the opportunity to attend a Dead Letter Office (a REM cover band) and a Start Making Sense (a Talking Heads Tribute Band) on November 23rd which gave me some great insight into the differences between the two and the experience overall. This was my first time attending a Tribute Band Concert and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The venue was very nice and cover and tribute bands are rising in popularity to the point where they are getting the chance to perform in large venues. The concert was at Anthology which is a popular music venue in Rochester. Even more popular bands such as the Fab four and Zoso have had the opportunity to perform in large venues around the world.

The experience of the concert was different from concerts I’ve been to before. It seemed like I was seeing an extremely popular band at a bar in Rochester but really it was a tribute band. The audience consisted of older people, but it had seemed like I was brought back in time because of the energy in the concert area. I had a chance to talk to a few people about their experience seeing talking heads live and seeing talking heads in a cover band and they all agreed that it was so similar you can’t really tell the difference except for looks. I also talked to one of the owners of the bar after the concert he said

“We love having tribute bands here because it brings back the feel of another time and they sound great too”

I can see why people like to see tribute bands and how they can be just as good as the original bands. I would consider seeing another cover band in the future because the price is so good and the experience is one of a kind.


Mental health in college


There is a mental health crisis among college students. This is mainly because college students take on a lot more stress than a normal person would. This has led to increasing numbers of suicides among college students and  students having to drop out because of mental illnesses.

In Greg Henriques article “The College Student Mental Health Crisis” he says “95% of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern in their center or on campus. Seventy percent of directors believe that the number of students with severe psychological problems on their campus has increased in the past year.” This can be caused from a few things like stress, sleep deprivation and irregular eating habits. Depression and anxiety symptoms are the most prevalent among college students.

Studies have showed while more students are seeking help, they are not receiving the proper treatment that they need. A 2010 study about mental health in college says “The high and possibly increasing prevalence and severity of disorders among college students would be less concerning if most students with disorders were receiving appropriate treatment. Even with the apparent surge in help seeking; however, multiple studies indicate that untreated mental disorders are highly prevalent in student populations.” The study found that 24% of students with depression were receiving the proper treatment and less than 20% of students with anxiety were receiving the proper treatment. Many students will set up an appointment and get diagnosed by a therapist but then won’t follow up with a psychiatrist and not receive that treatment they need. Students will site reasons such as lack of time, privacy concerns, lack of emotional openness, and financial constraints.

While there is an increasing amount of cases of mental health on campus, individual colleges have been taking steps to provide services for students with metal illnesses. SUNY Oswego has the Mary Walker health center that provides free counseling services to students. The website says “We offer a variety of services, including individual, group and couples counseling, as well as fun outreach and educational activities designed to support interpersonal growth. The CSC staff value multicultural competence and honor the individuality of each student.” Mary walker offers as many counseling services that a student needs and also can provide appointments with a psychiatrist if it is determined that medication is needed. Oswego also offers let’s talk sessions in residence halls and various places around campus 5 days a week where students can talk about any concerns to a certified counselor.  Oswego continues to educate students on mental health and ways that students can seek treatment on campus.

Shannon Brookes

Name: Shannon Brookes

Year: Senior

Major: Broadcasting

Hometown:  Rochester

Shannon Brookes is a senior in broadcasting here at Oswego. She is currently the secretary of hercampus and is involved in WTOP. On her free time she likes to ride horses and swim. Her favorite shows are Brooklyn 99 and the Office.