Eric Tarn, legendary impresario of the internet (what does that even mean?) brought up an interesting point today. If musicians knew how much those cover bands in Atlantic City made, they would all do that as their side gig. Let’s work through this one together.
It’s no secret that most creative types have a day job outside of their desired industry. Rent needs to be paid, food needs to be bought, amenities need to be procured. It’s not easy to make a living as a musician playing original music. You could do music for the advertising industry, which in itself is a complex world….or you could go to the darkest of all dark sides…The Cover Band.
Cover bands are far less popular than they once were, but they still do exists, not ironically in places known for their debaucherous douchey populations. Namely Southern NJ and Las Vegas. I’m not talking about jazz here, where an artist could have a relatively successful career playing standards. I mean playing some Bon Jovi to a bunch of drunk ass bachelorette parties.