Booking agents around the country are worried that 2017 will see fewer musicians dying and a resulting downturn in demand for tribute nights/bands.
David Stewart from the Sydney “They’re Still Here” booking agency, who specialise in booking tribute bands spoke to FOS about the fear that’s gripping the industry.
DS “I think the industry has only started to come to the realisation that 2016 was just an extra special moment in time… by this time last year we’d already seen the demise of Lemmy (Motorhead) and Natalie Cole. We knew from that moment we were going to have a bumper crop, little did we realise just how fruitful 2016 would turn out to be.”
2016 saw the deaths of many artists of tribute quality including:
Leonard Cohen, 82
George Michael, 53 (Wham)
Rick Parfitt, 68 (Status Quo)
Micky Fitz 60 (The Business)
Wayne Duncan (Daddy Cool)
Sharon Jones (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), 60
Glenn Frey (Eagles), 67
David Bowie, 69
DS “There’s no doubt without more of the boom of 2016 musicians are going to suffer and we’re all praying for something like a shock Springsteen death to turn the industry around. I guess it’s really in god’s hands at this point”
You can catch ‘Bowie In Berlin’ currently touring nationally through all capital cities.