Spontaneity of live performances|
"its the nights when things didn't go quite so smoothly that long time fans remember and treasure"
Yes, I totally agree. Here's one example that I've mentioned several times in the past:
This is my favorite performance of Long Night. I think this actually does use a backing track (unless Kieran Kelly has more than two hands), but that's not my point here. Andrea misses the high note on "head-liiiights" at 1:05. That only makes it more exciting when she does hit the climactic note at 1:50, 2:56, and 3:09. So the mistake gives a sense of suspense to the performance -- knowing that she missed the note the first time, it gives more anticipation to the subsequent times she sings that line, and you can see in Andrea's face that she's really reaching for the note.
Re: backing tracks, that's a good point that it makes more sense to have a backing track at large arena and stadium gigs, where you really want a big sound. Nonetheless, I also prefer the spontaneity of not being "chained" to the track, and I don't think the band even sounds that different anyway. I remember Sharon played at least one gig on her solo tour with just herself, guitar, bass, and drums (no keyboards), and she sounded great. For me, part of the fun of seeing live music is in hearing how a band adapts their arrangements to work on stage, so I don't expect or necessarily want them to reproduce their studio sound.
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