This has been making the rounds for a few months now, but after thinking about this a bit I thought I’d weigh in. I have never been a fan of artists lip syncing at awards shows, TV performances, Super Bowl halftimes, but in the back of my mind I accepted it. Now paying $200 for a ticket to see a band play “live”? That’s another thing.
So many bands nowadays are using what they call “backing tracks”, and many will argue they are using technology to it’s fullest. Call this guy old school, but I say no way. Rock music has, and always will be, a live and in the moment forum. Singers voice cracks, guitar string breaks, drummer misses a beat? It happens… that’s what makes a “live” performance special.
I look no further than Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer at Lakes Jam last year. His mic died during his first song, had feedback issues during another, then a lightning storm pulled him off stage for almost 45 minutes. After he came back on stage….blew the place away. I walked away going, that was a rock show. I’m not sure where I stand on this KISS thing. I love that band, but the videos below leave me scratching my head. I will leave it up to you to make your own conclusion. I just hope more bands like Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, GNR, (All I know are not using backing tracks) flaws and all, keep doing it “live” like it’s supposed to be.