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Re: "cover band"

Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 06, 2003

In Reply to: "Cover band" posted by Will Hunn on December 06, 2003

: Does anyone know the significance of "cover" in the term "cover band"?

As per MW, an intransitive sense of cover is "to act as a substitute or replacement during an absence" as in:
"The substitute teacher covered my class while I was away on sabattical".