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#3
Tons of 'em. IIRC, it was The Who that started that whole trend.
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#4
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#5
If you see a wall of full stacks (with real cabinets), only half (or less) of them will be wired up.

I've not seen fake cabs before though.
#6
I knew pretty much every band who has that many amps did it, though I never knew it was done like that. I always though they just had loads of cabs stacked together, then only used one or two of them.
#7
i don't know, i've never seen any bands do that before.

at least the bands i bother to see live don't do that.
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#8
I've seen empty marshall cabs for sale. Some people buy empty cabs to put their own speakers in, others can do this.

Also, as some people have said, not every stack is plugged in. Some are kept for backup, others are just fo' sho'.

You could also do it the Geddy Lee way and put washing machines or grills behind you instead of amps. I wonder if Fassa will beat me to mentioning this.
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Tons of 'em. IIRC, it was The Who that started that whole trend.

Keep in mind that this was in "the good old days" when PA systems weren't as common and you were more likely to play in a club than in an arena. If you had to go to a bigger venue and be louder, the only thing you could do is use more amps.
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#10
Kiss I think were one of the first big bands to do this. It's all about the look. If it LOOKS like they're loud, then illusion will kick in and people will think they're loud. So that way they look like a bigger band than they actually are. But that picture was still funny. I think Kiss had real cabinets, but nothing in them. Those cardboard cutouts made me laugh

EDIT: Never heard of the Who doing it...Gene Simmons really does take credit for everything
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#11
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You could also do it the Geddy Lee way and put washing machines or grills behind you instead of amps. I wonder if Fassa will beat me to mentioning this.


I read somewhere that running his bass through a rotisserie chicken machine gave him that "warm, crisp tone"
#12
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You could also do it the Geddy Lee way and put washing machines or grills behind you instead of amps. I wonder if Fassa will beat me to mentioning this.


but Geddy Lee just does it for the sake of stage symmetry and the fact that his amp is the size of a lunchbox or something lol.
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#13
any band nowadays with more than 3 is most likely doing this. Slayer are notorious for always having a row of fake amps on stage.
#14
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#16
I love how biased that article is against black metal "it's all about the image"... I presume they've never heard of any black metal aside from Mayhem and Burzum then?

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#17
My dad told me this when i was 6, it started a life of sceptisism
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#18
I can't believe this is news to some people. Arguably, nearly every major band that uses stacks does this.
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#19
I think the bigger question here is where one might purchase a wall of fake amps.
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#20
I kind of want the prop amps like in the picture; it'd be badass to just have sitting around in my room.
#21
I know that absolutely loads of bands have amps that aren't plugged in on their stage to pander to their endorsements and to look badass, but using merely the fronts of them is new to me! Quite amusing too, the two ENGL heads are just sitting there acting more badass than Marshall.

But yeah, loads have "fake" amps, when I saw Megadeth support Judas Priest they had 16 Marshall heads and cabs on stage, not one plugged in or miced or anything. Though I guess that's not so bad as Chris Broderick and (I believe) Dave Mustaine both use Marshall power amps, so at least they aren't using a completely different brand like the band in the link.
#22
Better than Brian May onstage with a stack of empty AC30s behind him and a tiny little Pignose that he's actually using.
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#24
that seriously blows , its understandable but utterly pointless
but its black metal that whole genre is a little odd if u ask me
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that seriously blows , its understandable but utterly pointless
but its black metal that whole genre is a little odd if u ask me



Because it definitely started in black metal

Also, if you want to attempt to insult an entire genre of music, use correct grammar and spelling

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Because it definitely started in black metal

Also, if you want to attempt to insult an entire genre of music, use correct grammar and spelling

nah i'm not insulting the genre i like some black metal but they are kind too extreme if u ask me with there whole corpse paint and hail satan black metal ist kreig kvlt or something like that..i'll be honest black metal freaked me as out a little child haha
#27
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Better than Brian May onstage with a stack of empty AC30s behind him and a tiny little Pignose that he's actually using.


Errm... Wat?
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#30
lots of bands do that, i was at Lynyrd Skynyrd and the stage revolves in a circle and if you looked in the back of the cabs you could see they were either empty, or had a combo amp stuck in them.
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#32
After seeing videos and seeing them live, I know John Petrucci has 4 cabs and 2 heads of his Mesa Boogie Mark V's that aren't even plugged in.. just for stage effect.

Personally, it makes more sense to have fake cabs I would think - Cheaper, don't weigh 80 pounds apiece, etc.
#33
tons.

Tom Petty used to put AC30s inside Marshall cabinets on stage.

When I went to see Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck had a monstrous 1959 slp on stage, and sitting next to it was a marshall cab with 2 Fender Champs on top. It was then that I noticed that the SLP's power light was not even on

Small(ish) amps just tend to sound better imo you get more out of 'em.

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Better than Brian May onstage with a stack of empty AC30s behind him and a tiny little Pignose that he's actually using.



lol naw. Brian uses every single one of those ac30s. How do I know this is an absolute fact?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMCZtRgwr3w
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#34
I'm pretty sure his stack was real.
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#35
I thought it was obvious that this was the case.

The phasing issues caused by using so many cabinets would actually cause a huge 50 cabinet rig to be quieter than a 1 cabinet rig
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The phasing issues caused by using so many cabinets would actually cause a huge 50 cabinet rig to be quieter than a 1 cabinet rig
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#37
Teppei's not a faker. Its too bad he doesn't use this rig that much anymore.
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#38
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I'm pretty sure his stack was real.

actually... he had one stack that he actually played through, one backup, and one empty one for looks, from what I remember.
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#39
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actually... he had one stack that he actually played through, one backup, and one empty one for looks, from what I remember.


Beat me to it. If you look closely, only the stack on the far right has a cable running into it
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#40
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Two out of phase speakers can leave areas of a room with literally no sound from the amp. Some might be reflected off walls, but it can leave "blind spots" in the sound so to speak

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