Re: Which Musicians Do The Best Theatrics in Concert, TV, or Video?
posted at 11/28/2012 9:25 PM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
I generally dislike a lot of theatrics. Sure, it's good to see a band that's really into what they're doing (AIC; J.Geils; Black Keys; Slash & his new band, etc).
But for me "theatrics" evokes the sort of thing where Axl Rose is running hundreds of feet about a massive stage in his boxer briefs, and then wheezing into the microphone because guess what..... when you chain smoke cigarettes, you run out of breath.
I suppose some acts are more designed for a big display, so there you get what you pay for. Not my thing, really, I suppose.
[/QUOTE] I can see your point. I think, some theatrics can be used to enhance or prop up a generic sound even if its quality is of a national level. Cases in point: no.1, Madonna, to me, does not have a distinctive enough voice even if it is outstanding; no.2, Michael Jackson as a kid had an A+ voice but as an adult, my own opinion, is an A minus voice. Without the theatrics, their ability to sell CD's and concert tickets would have been less and they would not have had the enormous images.
On the other hand, the theatrics, on its own, of Michael Jackson and Madonna could be considered great art, even though I did not always approve of things I saw or heard about the two artists. There is no doubt about their greatness. I know everyone has their own opinion, but I'll stand by mine.