A New Reason to Go to That Tribute Band Show

Photo by Lechon Kirb via Unsplash.

Photo by Lechon Kirb via Unsplash.

Nostalgia is big business these days (Pokemon Go, ’90s TV show revivals, Netflix’s Stranger Things series), but it turns out it can also have some mental health benefits.

Psychology Today contributor Christopher Bergland recently reported on studies that show hearing songs from your youth is revitalizing.

“What seems to happen is that a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that starts playing in our head,” [said Petr Janata, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis]. “It calls back memories of a particular person or place, and you might all of a sudden see that person’s face in your mind’s eye. Now we can see the association between those two things — the music and the memories.”

And while you could listen to those songs on your iPod, it seems like even more fun to hear them live. For venues hosting tribute bands or touring bands popular in previous decades, there’s now a whole new reason for fans to buy tickets.

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