By: Jason Keil
Press Photo The Fab Four
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the world of music no one appreciates a copycat, especially those working for months and years to bring something new and original into the world. Tribute bands -- that is, bands whose sole purpose is to cover the songs of one particular artist -- draw the ire of those who work in the vein of originality because not only are the imitators not doing anything new or innovative, they are merely riding the coattails of those who do. But do they bring anything to the table?
For one, the closest I've ever been to seeing Tool was in an event center in Mesa, Ariz.
Maynard James Keenan wasn't there. Neither was Adam Jones, Danny Carey, or Justin Chancellor. It was simply four musicians in love with Keenan's most popular creation and putting it out there on the stage.More »