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We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects

The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me — but what can I do?

After all, it is true: the season does not pass, so that “copyists”do not come to our region. Yes, and our already nasobachili to do tribute programs on a serious level-remember at least the recent concert of the Moscow Beatles tribute Beatlove with the Symphony orchestra in the “Crocus”.The tribute movement is reaching a serious level. Old rock — new classic? This is also not a new thesis, and I have also repeatedly “voiced” it, as they say now. Let’s talk about those who actually voice-play the music that in the original live we may not hear again. And how they came to live like this.
A quarter of a century ago, tribute groups were treated as marginal, club-like, curious, and so on. In General, copies that are obviously worse than the original — what can I say? But the attitude of the audience has long changed: old / new rock fans go to these concerts in decent halls and quite a real fan.Over the past two decades, Brit Floyd, all sorts of zeppelins, and even the Bootleg Beatles — who themselves have long been classics of the tribute genre and performed at Glastonbury-have played in the capital.We also do not understand where the whole galaxy came from. Who does pay tribute/rendre hommage belong to? Anyone. From domestic — only tsoyu and group “Kino”. Why? As Yuri Kasparyan, the Kino guitarist, remarked with his trademark sly smile in an interview with me: “Everyone else is still alive!”. But it’s not just that, of course.I think that our rock classics are perceived as such gurus, who should not only listen to them, but also look at them. It’s probably too early to perceive Russian rock as “pure music”. Plus musical snobbery: all this talk about “the main thing is poems” and”three chords”. Although personally, I would listen to some Baroque tribute to the Aquarium with interest.Re-export rock group from Rostov-on-don Father McKenzie went to the Beatles festival in Brazil. Why there — God knows. And what difference does it make in which country the review of tributes takes place: this music has long been an international thing. We have a lot of beatlefests in Russia, too. Father McKenzie are very good: both accurate, and pros, and real fans.There is still such a person — Sergey Gutsan. Singer. Removes Lennon’s voice to zero. I get goosebumps when he sings “Mother”!Our people are pushing the rock classics of the 60s. For Led Zeppelin, we have Plumbum Dreamz. They have, however, for the young Robert plant-a woman, Alyona Yarushina. Got out!The most difficult thing is to shoot the voice? No. According to the musicians, everything is difficult. Especially those notorious three chords, with their special touches. Out-of-tune rolling guitars, according to Yuri Loza. But Muscovites Easy Dizzy, in my opinion, phenomenally copy AC/DC. By the way, in 2011, Chris Slade, the famous bald drummer of AC/DC, played with them.I saw Dizzy at a concert: the effect of having Brian Jones on stage is almost! — full. I have something to compare: as a teenager, I watched the real “Dees” on the Tushin airfield.New classicimoi peers-already adult uncles with families, money, high-tech systems and unchanged tastes. What are we fans of in the ‘ 90s? Nirvana, Guns N’roses — that’s it. And such tributes will also be found in Moscow. For example, “GKCHP” – a tribute to Red Hot Chilli Peppers-has long been well known.Periodically follow the “Hansa” tribute called Jeans N’roses. Fortunately, they play quite regularly in Moscow clubs. Confident the copyists. And externally, and in General. The Slash guitarist is good. The vocalist on some recordings sings to Axl rose in zero, which is called, although on others — still not very…And here’s the thing: you can not love Axl rose, but his squeals, screams and “ay ay ay ay ay!”— this is his feature, that is, exactly what he differs from everyone. Singing Guns N’roses songs in an ordinary, even perfectly choreographed, voice is already karaoke. Or even a restaurant! And there’s another problem: the fans will forgive the original band everything, but they won’t forgive the tribute band anything.Where do they come from?The band Communique, which performs, as you might guess from the name, songs by Dire Straits and solo songs by Mark Knopfler, is both a typical project for tribute culture and a unique one. The Creator of the group Igor Nekrasov-guitarist, singer, songwriter in the style of “lyric chanson”. The organizer of the event. A busy person who finds time to develop a tribute project that is in demand in Moscow and other cities near the capital.His path to Knopfler was somewhat tortuous. At school, Igor was a fan of the Beatles, “collected all the records, from numbered albums to solo singles, and began to play guitar.” Then, already at the Institute, “I was invited to a group, I got infected with the scene! I realized that I would have to learn to go further. I got good knowledge for a rock guitarist at the guitar College in Moscow, from Sergey Popov — he still teaches.”The band played all sorts of “heaviness”, with distortion, “under Blackmore”. Nekrasov felt that “it’s all wrong, kindergarten.” And I didn’t like this kind of music very much, and I didn’t have enough guitar education, in short — I needed something close to my heart. Getting to know the Dire Straits recordings was a revelation.”Unexpected soft phrases, seemingly unprofessional singing-all this was so captivating! I didn’t understand how it was done, I didn’t even know at once that he was playing with his fingers! For years, I wandered in the dark while shooting Knopfler. There is also an illusion of simplicity, but in fact — hidden depths, a serious scale. That’s why I chose <play it> Dire Straits. And yet-I always liked to play with my fingers more than with a pick! Express what is inside me through Knopfler technique and style. For me, the Communique concert is a way to have a good time and live happy moments. It’s like reading a good book or watching a movie.”Igor doesn’t seem to be trying to copy Knopfler’s vocals, but he mastered the guitar touches very thoroughly. And in 2010, he finally ventured to do a tribute project.”For two years I put together a line-up — the wrong musicians, and the audience didn’t really understand. Finally, there are professionals who understand and love all this. Already in 2012, we won the Third open championship of cover groups in Moscow. My guitar was already signed by mark Knopfler — I met Him three times here in Moscow. (primas’. author: Igor’s Wife worked as a press attache for the concert organization that brought Knopfler here) so there was self-confidence.”Now the backbone of the repertoire of Communique is about 20 songs by Straits and Knopfler. All the hits of the show. Interesting reaction of the audience: “People, it turns out, many of these great songs just do not know! We are engaged in a kind of popularization: you explain from the stage what it is and where it comes from. Or it happens that the song is known, but who is its author-learn for the first time! You speak, and they reply: “Oh, Yes, we heard, we know!”It’s funny, of course, that such information goes through the Communique group, but this is the reality!»

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