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Over the past several years, the big trend in rock has, of course, been the whole old-bands-reuniting thing.  Now it looks like lots of

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Trendwatch: Covers Albums

Operation:  Covers Crime?

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Over the past several years, the big trend in rock has, of course, been the whole old-bands-reuniting thing.  Now it looks like lots of ancient groups are taking to doing all-covers albums -- another sorta desperate, attention-grabbing (they hope) gimmick.  Recently, Def Leppard did Yeah! (which included T. Rex and Kinks covers) and Styx did Big Bang Theory (which included Beatles, Who, and Hendrix covers), and as you probably would guess (unless you actually suffered through them), both albums sucked dogballs.  Now comes veteran Seattle prog-metallists Queensryche with Take Cover, which comes out next month.  They're tackling Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine," Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain," the Police's "Synchronicity II," Queen's "Innuendo," and U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky," plus a tune from Jesus Christ Superstar and -- fittingly enough for singer Geoff Tate and his 97-octave vocal range -- the operatic piece "Odissea." Let's hope these covers aren't as apocalyptic as the album cover...or the "efforts" of their peers.

 
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