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popular music is now a mathematical equation. They know if a song is going to be a hit before it has lyrics or a singer...they know this by playing the backing beat to people while they wired up so they can monitor their brain activity. Based on how the average person responds to the beat they know if the song is going to be catchy enough to be a hit. Its why everything sounds the same, and why talent no longer matters.
Your average UofM fan and I have something in common, neither of us went to UofM. Though we do share One major difference, I got Accepted.
I remember hearing Souljia Boi 2 months before it blew up and knowing that sogn was gonna be a problem.
I once saw set your goals live, they played with some really heavy bands and by comparison looked really bad. That's the only show ive been to where I was disappointed
God bless ya, Bob.
I saw Will.I.Am with black eyed peas a few years back, he did a whole DJ set, was pretty f'ing awesome actually
I've never understood the inclination or the "need" for artists to move around, grab their balls, yell "what's up *insert city*, stall between every song with pointless banter, etc. If you can't inspire and excite the audience through the music, then you're lacking something.
A little bit of banter now and then is fine, but I have far more respect for musicians who can let the music do the talking. Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, and Phish were (are) known for sometimes never speaking a word during their concerts, and all three are widely considered to be among the best live acts of all time. All three bands managed to create a special environment that didn't require banter for cheap crowd pops. Just music.
I agree with your point as a whole, but you're referencing three bands whose audiences are known for being stoned out of their minds. It's not exactly a tough crowd.
This post was edited by Omar Comin19758 14 months ago
Cue Ms. Sakimano.
Did you read the part where I said they sounded horrible?
I'm not looking for swaying arms, running across the stage, etc... but getting off your chair once would have been nice. They all acted like they were dead, propped up with a stick and were heavy users of Valium. Ii paid good money and ended up being quite bored....plus they sounded like crap!
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When did you see them? There was a time in the early 90's, even up through the mids that they put on one hell of a show, despite Billy's singing.
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Yeah yeah insert obligatory worn out drug reference.
I get your point though. Sure, it was a factor in the vibe and atmosphere surrounding the shows those bands put on, but the mass circulation of readily accessible Phish and Dead bootlegs and dozens of officially released live shows prove my point that the music is the primary focus and most powerful thing to those fanbases. As for Floyd, Live in Pompeii is held in extremely high regard.
Music still did the talking and continues to do the talking for those bands. The personalities are all secondary. Even Jerry.
"sucking" live has different meanings to different people. Some people look for how clean they play and how closely they can recreate the recording or how well they sing live. Others don't. Most of the bands I like or enjoy seeing live, by many people's standards, are rather sloppy and might "suck" live but with a lot of energy and a great crowd, end up resulting in an amazing experience. Certain types of music don't afford artists this luxury, though. Nicki Manaj is one of these artists, as she can't really afford to fuck up a verse without looking like an idiot because she's not going to have 100 fans in small bar venue not caring and screaming the words whether she gets them right or not.
Yeah, I saw that. I should have specified that I wasn't necessarily talking about you. I just hear "they didn't say anything to the audience" or "so and so didn't really move around a lot" when people criticize concerts.
I saw them around 94, as well.. then once again in 96 in EL. I didn't get to see them past that, although I have watched a lot of live bootleg... there's a definite decline.
They aren't as good as say... Pearl Jam, live.
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