x art carrie I believe another excuse to the growing availability of tribute bands could be the money they're paid. Over the last 20 years, I haven't seen much of a surge in prices paid to some regular rock, country or blues band. It's unbelieveable. With inflation, musicians are generating LESS than they did a few decades ago. It's unfair, but true. No longer can most musicians earn their living with no a "day job." Gone are the five-six day weekly music gigs a large number of Top 40 rock bands paid the invoices with. In this time period your band should possess a following, an online site and be on facebook simply to have a gig. Tribute bands have an edge. People feel they already "know" them.