Poll: Do you expect a band to play a song differently live?
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View poll results: Do you expect a band to play a song differently live?
Yes, otherwise I'd just listen to the CD.
44 48%
No, I want to hear the exact songs I know and love.
6 7%
Undecided/Other/Little of both
34 37%
Courageous Violet River Horse
7 8%
Voters: 91.
#1
There's probably a thread on this, but I wasn't sure what to search to get it.

When you go to see a band playing live, would you prefer if they played just like they did on the record, or differently in some way? It could be with improvised (and therefore always different) solo parts, or with a completely new arrangement.

What do you prefer?

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#2
Depends. If I'm going to see a band like Paramore or some pop rock band, I wouldn't expect them to do anything new. Now with bands such as Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, maybe Guns 'N Roses, I would like to see them playing different solos or outros and stuff. Maybe adding in a verse or something. Dire Straits always used to do that. Continuously rewriting the songs. I like that.

EDIT: I don't like the poll's first answer. I wouldn't just listen to the CD because that's no way near as good as seeing them live.

Perfect example Santana ft Rob Thomas - Smooth (studio)

Santana ft Rob Thomas - Smooth (live)
Last edited by leg end at Sep 29, 2010,
#3
I kind of like slight variations in live music. Like how Skynyrd would make Free Bird last like twelve minutes, and the Allman Brothers would just totally jam out on everything they played. Not to mention even like heavy metal, if you listen to Crazy Train on Blizzard of Ozz, then listen to it on Tribute, it sounds totally different.
#4
I don't mind if they add in extra choruses but new parts to a song seem stupid.

I want to be able to sing along and not have to stand there and absorb new music.
#5
Yes I do, and this is one of my main issues with Metal bands, since they don't really mix it up live.

Bands like QOTSA, NIN and Muse all mix it up live which is why their live shows are awesome.
#6
I like the band to play about with there songs a little bit. As long as they are still fairly similar to the album version, it's cool.
#10
The poll is stupid. It shouldn't be about expecting but what you WANT to hear. I generally expect to hear the same thing, maybe some improv'd solos. Unless its a progressive band or something. But I'd rather hear differences in some songs to spice it up a bit.
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#12
Of course they should be different live, makes the show more fun
Also my band play our songs which we have recorded differently live too.
#13
It's fair enough to keep a song the same because when i go to see a band i wanna hear the song(s) that have made me want to go see them in the first place. It's nice when they add a bit of improv though, as long a sit doesn't ruin the song
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#14
I love it when bands add shit in live.

Like this for example. They add on a minute with a new intro, and dont play the original intro, but thats fine because SHIT IS AWESOME. They also play it with more of a swing live.

Original for comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6POCV842BFo
Last edited by crazy8rgood at Sep 29, 2010,
#15
I like when bands play their songs differently live. It adds to the entire live experience.

And listening to a CD is completely different than listening to a band live even if they don't change anything up at all.
#16
Quote by leg end
Depends. If I'm going to see a band like Paramore or some pop rock band, I wouldn't expect them to do anything new. Now with bands such as Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, maybe Guns 'N Roses, I would like to see them playing different solos or outros and stuff. Maybe adding in a verse or something. Dire Straits always used to do that. Continuously rewriting the songs. I like that.

EDIT: I don't like the poll's first answer. I wouldn't just listen to the CD because that's no way near as good as seeing them live.

Perfect example Santana ft Rob Thomas - Smooth (studio)

Santana ft Rob Thomas - Smooth (live)



Paramore is awesome at outros and intros check this
#17
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Paramore is awesome at outros and intros check this

Point made. I've even seen that before and had a live version of Emergency where they did a very cool piano intro. Bad example. But what I meant is that sort of music they don't tend to vary that much from the original song.
#18
I love it when they mix things up quite a bit. Modest Mouse are chronic for busting into an extended jam or variation of a song that is essentially a new song with new lyrics and everything. I never know what to expect at their shows and I LOVE THEM FOR IT! Same with Jack White in whatever band he's in at the time, come out with a brass section or do a cover completely on woodwinds or something, I just love it. Something like this v

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4QbEcVVBHM
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#19
As long as they make it epic and keep the feel of the song, then I'm happy...but when bands try to be cute and change the key and make it into a reggae song it kind of pisses me off.
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#20
I like the way Muse switch things up live, maybe add in a different riff or a heavier outro, and Man with a Harmonica is awesome.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBsCscZKeZo

Also when MGMT "jam" at the end of their songs it's pretty cool.
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#21
Courageous Violet River Horse would make a good band name.

Anyway, I don't expect the music to be absolutely different. That said though, I don't want a band that just robotically repeats the studio. That's no fun, I don't want to basically hear an album being played too loud at a concert.
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#22
I don't think live improvisations sound as good as the usual songs. That said, it is nice to hear other things or parts of a favourite song in a different way to prevent things getting too repetitive. I can't say I blame them either, playing the same songs in the same order for weeks on end must get a little dull.
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#24
I like both. I dont want a complete improvisation though, maybe just a change in style, idk, a song takes its own form as time goes on and I'd like it to work with the identity of the music. But yeah, I wouldnt want an exact replica of the music on the album. I want the music to be alive, in simplest terms.
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#25
I don't really care if the band does it, but if they do I am pleasantly surprised, and I start going "Oh wow, that's different... Cool..."
#26
I expect a band to jam and improv at least a bit, unless it's a jazz orchestra or something.
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#27
I'm not big on 100% planned out note-for-note performances. My absolute favorite aspect of music is improvisation. I could probably listen to any one of my favorite bands go on stage and just jam for an hour. I just love the organic process of playing off of what you hear rather than from memory or from a sheet.

Now if they suck at improv, that's a whole different story.
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#28
Chili Peppers do live stuff perfectly, with all the improv'd solo's and whatnot, sounds amazing and mixes it up a bit.
#29
depends on the band/song
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#31
It drives me crazy when a singer doesn't sing as good, or doesn't seem to try very hard when singing live. I'm more on the studio side, but a mix of both is good.
#32
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It drives me crazy when a singer doesn't sing as good, or doesn't seem to try very hard when singing live. I'm more on the studio side, but a mix of both is good.
There's a difference between not performing your song properly and taking creative liberties. If anything, I'd be willing to bet the singers that sing the song exactly like the record are more prone to sound lackluster than those who are active in trying to make the song develop in an organic way.
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#33
I saw Chickenfoot live a few weeks ago. Satch played new solos for just about every song, though they were all equally awesome, or more awesome, than the ones on the album. It was epic.
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