When I was in Las Vegas almost two years ago, I found it uniquely American that I could, should I chose, see the actual Prince on a Friday or Saturday night and the same Sunday night see Purple Reign, a Prince tribute band.
Well, now, Purple Reign and four other tribute bands are getting their star turn this week as musical guests on "Late Show with David Letterman". Reports USA Today's "Pop Candy" columnist Whitney Matheson:
On Monday, tune in to see a performance by Prince tribute band Purple Reign. Tuesday is The Cold Hard Cash, a Johnny Cash tribute, and Mr. Brownstone takes the stage Wednesday. Thursday is Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond — I've actually heard those guys, and they're pretty impressive! Wrapping things up Friday will be The Allstarz, a tribute to James Brown.
Of course, I do think Letterman should have found room for Seattle's premiere AC/DC cover band Hell's Belles in there somewhere. Still, though, this is the next-best thing, right? I wonder if the Guns 'N Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone will play anything from Chinese Democracy.
As you all surely know, "Letterman" airs on weeknights at 11:35pm on CBS.