Tributosaurus Plays “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s” at Copernicus Center in Chicago

Tributosaurus is a Chicago cover band that has been around over a decade and has covered an astonishing range of songs and artists. When they cover a song they go to great pains to sound as close as possible to the original song – this usually involves multiple guitarists to do overdubs which are tracked in the studio, horns, strings, and an array of drummers, synthesizers and backup singers. Here is their web site and they are a lot of fun. I have seen them do XTC, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, and most recently the “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s” at Copernicus Hall at Jefferson Park in Chicago (it is a few blocks off the blue line stop; we took the train and walked).

Here they are at the start of the show. Later they bring on the horns, the strings, more backup singers, and more of everything. It was a lot of fun – they played a lot of forgotten songs like “This Beat Goes On / Switching to Glide” by the Kings which got the whole place rocking (it was a huge hit in Chicago) and also Dexy’s Midnight Runners with real banjo players.

The show was great with a lot of fun energy. The crowd was up and dancing for most of the show. My significant other thought they needed more songs sung by female singers – they just did 99 Luft Balloons (she looked great in hot pants) and I Want Candy.

Highly recommend that you go out and see them when an artist you are interested in is being covered. You will definitely get your money’s worth!

Cross posted at LITGM

6 thoughts on “Tributosaurus Plays “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s” at Copernicus Center in Chicago”

  1. Nice. In the 1970s I argued with my friends about where or not there should be local “rock orchestras” which covered the best songs on albums. Instead, bands toured often enough such a thing was not necessary. Now that dinosaur bands can’t tour, perhaps other cities will develop their own Tributosaurus.

    I also not that last year I saw a tour—whose name I can’t recall—that had tribute bands for several of the ’80’s heavy metal bands. And Las Vegas is the home of tribute bands for Elvis and Sinatra, among others.

  2. I was wondering if this band was any good.
    I’ve been listening to Spiegel on the radio during lunch. He’s got a good show.

  3. These guys of been around for a long time, but I have never seen them. I’ve always heard that they were good.

    One of the best shows ever saw was a Kiss tribute band called Strutter.

  4. }}} also Dexy’s Midnight Runners

    LOL, you had me interested until I heard that. If I never hear that song again, it will be a major plus for my universe.

    That, “Seasons in the Sun”, and “Lion Sleeps Tonight” — give me the button that purges all copies, written, magnetic, and otherwise — from this aspect of the multiverse, and FU, I’m pushing it. :-D

  5. Me and a few of my friends saw a Pink Floyd tribute band, back when I was still on the party circuit. It was okay, and they nailed a couple of numbers, but I dunno…a band totally dedicated to covers?. I remember standing close to the stage slack-jawed as Frank Zappa did a killer version of The Allman Bros. “Whipping Post” and saw The Dead do countless weirdo covers over the years. But the Lion sleeps tonight?, dude, that’s harsh.

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