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Ongoing History Daily: A Pearl Jam legal jam

Because big groups don’t have the bandwidth to play all the shows their fans demand, there is a lot of money to be made in the realm of the tribute band. In case you don’t know, this is where a cover band does their best to reproduce the real thing for smaller audiences.

For example, there’s a group called The Fillers who are so good at being a reasonable facsimile of The Killers that they’ve played in front of audiences of 30,000 people. There’s the Faux Fighters (that’s spelled F-A-U-X) are five guys that do their best to recreate what Dave and the guys do. Lez Zeppelin is an all-female Led Zeppelin cover group. Oasish is just that: Oasis-ish.

And then there was the case of Pearl Jamm (with Jamm spelled with two M’s). They were threatened by the real deal who were concerned about the confusion caused by that extra M. They’re now called “Legal Jam.”

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily post dealt with the importance of music lessons.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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