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Not to be confused with Tribute act.

A cover band (or covers band), is a band that plays mostly or exclusively cover songs. New or unknown bands often find the format marketable for smaller venues, such as pubs, clubs or parks. The bands also perform at private events, for example, weddings and birthday parties and may be known as a wedding band, party band or function band. A band whose covers consist mainly of songs that were chart hits is often called a top 40 band. Some bands, however, start as cover bands and then grow to perform original material. For example, The Rolling Stones released three albums consisting primarily of covers before recording one with their own original material.

Cover bands play several types of venues. When a band is starting out, they might play private parties and fund raisers, often for little or no money, or in return for food and bar privileges, although many professional musicians refuse to do this. With enough experience a band will begin to "play out" professionally at bars and night clubs. Some cover bands are made up of full-time professional musicians. These bands are usually represented by an 'entertainment agency'.

Unlike some famous bands, when the cover bands consist of professional musicians they often do not have a 'fixed line up' of musicians, rather they are often made up of a flexible line up[1] with session musicians, utilizing "dep" (deputy, that is, stand-in) musicians where necessary. The music industry is considered by many musicians as a relatively difficult industry to make an income in, and cover bands can be a good source of income for professional musicians alongside other work.


Cover bands play songs written and recorded by other artists, usually well-known songs (as compared to "original" bands which play music they themselves have written). There are a wide variety of cover bands - some cover bands play material from particular decades, for example a 1980s cover band. Others focus exclusively on the music of a particular group, usually iconic groups, and are called tribute bands. It is not uncommon to find tribute bands performing the songs of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Duran Duran, Aerosmith, or U2. Some cover bands will play a variety of song styles, from different artists, genres and decades. Another type of cover band is one that plays songs in a different genre or style than that of the original composition (e.g., jazz versions of what were originally hard rock songs).

Some cover bands perform covers that are of a different musical genre from the originals. For instance:

Examples of cover acts[edit]

Fictional cover acts[edit]

  • Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg who had a small group that performs cover songs from a fictional band called Steel Dragon. He eventually became the lead singer of the said band when a recorded performance was seen by the band members.
  • The Wedding Singer features Adam Sandler as a cover singer who performs for wedding parties.
  • Detroit Rock City is the story of four teenagers in the '70s who are in a Kiss cover band called "Mystery."
  • Saving Silverman features three friends who are diehard Neil Diamond fans, and they form a cover band called "Diamonds in the Rough."
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Otto Mann hires a cover band called "Cyanide," which he says is a tribute to Poison.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Finances with Wolves," Klaus the goldfish swaps brains with the lead singer of an Earth, Wind and Fire cover band.

See also[edit]


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Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:10:45 -0700

Then, after the end of “Small Stakes,” the first song on the second record, the cover band's frontman, Jeff Beam, looked down and saw Spoon's frontman, Britt Daniel, in the front row. The real band watched their cover band play a full set in a bar ...
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:15:00 -0700

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0700

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:20:24 -0700

"He loved 'Kashmir,' the Led Zeppelin cover band," Jan Edleson said. Patrick and April Flickinger of Burr Ridge perched on the wall along the southern boundary of the park, playing catch with their 3-year-old daughter Ella, keeping an eye on their 13 ...


Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:48:57 -0700

Fans who were planning on going to the concert poured into the bar, hoping the cover band would give them a small taste of the real deal. “I have a lot of people say they're very happy with this show. They realize I'm not a look-alike. I don't look ...


Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:35:59 -0700

In an honest and candid moment, Niespodziani said that when the group first became a "cover band" (for lack of a better term), he did struggle with the choice. "For some of us it was a psychological challenge. I'd always thought of myself as a ...

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:08:15 -0700

But when the subsequent closing track “Home We'll Go (Take My Hand)” suddenly explodes with a bracing flurry of EDM, it merely underscores the lack of organic energy WOTE musters elsewhere. At least WOTE is a really good cover band. Copyright 2015 ...

Noisey (blog)

Noisey (blog)
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:22:30 -0700

For the past few days, we've been obsessed with the YouTube account of a dude called “ian m,” who out of nowhere started posting the most amazing NOFX covers by a mariachi band called El Gordo Miguel y su Banda del Norte, and their only release ...

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