Backup band

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A backing band or backup band is a musical ensemble that accompanies an artist at a live performance or on a recording.[1] This can either be an established, long-standing group that has little or no change in membership, or it may be an ad hoc group assembled for a single show or a single recording. Ad hoc or "pickup" groups are often made up of session musicians.

Notable backup bands

Some of the best-known, most long-lived, and most established backing bands (with lead artist) include:


  1. Michael Campbell; James Brody (2008). Rock and roll: an introduction. Cengage Learning. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-534-64295-2. Retrieved 14 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>