The Great Pretenders
Find something you can sing along to at these clubs that pay tribute to your favorite artists.
No Duh channels not just any girl.
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie couldn't get Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to play at his inauguration, he booked the B Street Band, a tribute act that specializes in the Boss's music. It's the kind of substitution that makes sense for ordinary concertgoers as well, especially if they want to save some cash.
Stubhub.com reports that the average price paid on its site for a ticket to one of Springsteen's big shows in 2009 was $310. The B Street Band, on the other hand, performed recently at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., for free.
There are hundreds of tribute bands in the United States dedicated to the music of everyone from Gwen Stefani and No Doubt (No Duh) to Neil Young, and there are plenty of places to see them. Unlike the superstars they imitate onstage, the tribute bands never tire of playing big hits, and you'll seldom have to pony up more than $20 for a ticket. But the best part of tribute performances is that they are just amazingly fun and wonderfully entertaining.