Last night I saw a new band formed by the ex-keyboard player of an old rock band called Magnum with the stated intent of playing all the old Magnum songs (Magnum are still touring, playing these songs themselves). Though I like him as a musician, he didn’t write a single one of their songs.
So was this “authentic”, or was it the equivalent of a covers band?
In the end, I think the answer to that question is unimportant. The only thing that mattered was that the band was superb and did the songs justice, and I was fully satisfied on both a musical and an emotional level.
But would I have enjoyed any competent cover band as much? No, I don’t think so. And that’s completely irrational, I know, but the emotional connection between the “authentic” ex-member and the audience is actually of massive importance. I don’t know why it is, and perhaps it’s silly that it is, but it is.
(My review of the gig, if anyone is interested, with the caveat that it was written for Magnum fans not a general audience.)