Edge on Demand: Without All the Original Members, is It Just a Tribute Band?

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This week, the world learned that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are planning a performance together at the Grammys.  It’s being billed as a “Beatles” moment in the media, but they’re still two guys short if they really wanted the Beatles.  But it’s not just them.  Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn’t even have an original Van Zant in it.  Groups like The Misfits have a revolving door, Chicago popped in a Peter Cetera sound-alike, Billy Corrigan is the only original Smashing Pumpkin, and whoever the other guys in Queen are, got Adam Lambert to replace Freddie Mercury.

Of course, some of those versions of the bands feel more legit than others.  But without all the original members, is a band really just a tribute band?


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