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    Lately I Only Connect With Live Music

    By which I mean actually being present for live music as opposed to listening to live recordings.
    It really doesn't even matter the genre of music... I might be listening to Massacre in my truck
    (great album, btw) and enjoying it, but then I'll hear some street musician butchering a Lennon
    tune and I find myself transfixed... totally in the moment.

    Some bar band playing a Creedence tune that I've heard hundreds of times before... same thing.

    The quality of performance could be at any level, but I find myself enjoying it as long as I feel the enthusiasm of the performer(s).

    Anyone else ever go through a similar phase?

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    I generally favor live music, recorded and Real Live.
    If it is a band playing something, I find it more engaging than a DJ or XM or what have you.
    Crap is still crap, and attempts to smear lipstick ( or buffing compound ) on crap music rarely keeps my attention.
    Context is also important for live performance.
    If the music does not match the situation I find it ......disturbing/jarring. Think street corner industrial or screamo. Or easy listening, ever, anywhere.
    That may be the artists intent.

    Sadly our modern life has entitled many to treat public performances as if they are in their living room and try to talk over the music and ignore all those around them.

    I usually buy a band's live album to get a flavor of the bands sound. I realize that they are not 'raw live' in most cases, but most of what I listen to can't afford extensive post processing
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    I agree. But,I need it to be ok sounding. I still walk out of a lot of live music venues. Especially here in Tejas. I will never be a modern country fan.
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    I much prefer seeing bands at venues than listening to recordings. It has to sound good though. I go to trbute bands in bars or small venues or outdoors in the summer and known bands in theaters. I don't like arenas or stadiums. Too many distractions and too much expense. Fortunately bands I'm interested in seeing rarely play these big venues. I'm going to see King Crimson this month and see them every time they come around but rarely listen to their albums anymore. I still listen to Genesis a bit more but it doesn't compare to seeing Hackett or TMB or other Genesis tributes live. As far as non rock I rarely listen to jazz at home but it's great live. Classical is better live too.

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    I'm still in the listen to music at home phase, I suppose. Going to shows is just such a pain these days, with the expense (sue me, I'm poor), the ever increasing popularity of standing room only shows, dealing with crowds/assholes, and potential late nights (sue me, I'm old).

    And I'm certainly not going to spend my hard earned time and money on seeing cover bands, street folk, and similar ilk blare about playing some sort of 'classics' repertoire.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

    Never let good music get in the way of making a profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    (sue me, I'm poor),
    Where's the money in THAT?

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    I agree that I enjoy live music better. I discovered that when I was in college (1974 or there about) going to the airport in Philly to meet my then-girlfriend. I had to take a couple trains and buses to get there. Coming out of a trolley station to make the bus connection, I found a funk band playing outside the station with the usual hat in front to collect donations. Then I was really into progressive bands (ELP, Yes, the like), but I was mesmerized by this band with a soul shouter a la Barrence Whitfield. I didn't like soul and funk then (still not crazy about it), but I thought this was so cool, a live band here on the street corner playing their best. Live music, I'm all in.
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    Moi aussi. Indeed, when I am interested in a band I'll usually start with their live album(s), if any. Quite aside from the live energy, it often contains a good selection of their best stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelgoat View Post
    I agree. But,I need it to be ok sounding. I still walk out of a lot of live music venues. Especially here in Tejas. I will never be a modern country fan.
    Saw "The Commonheart" Saturday in St. Louis. I think they are heading through Texas next. If you have seen Shinyribs (Houston band), you will like these guys.

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    In most cases, I always favor the live experience if I like the music an it's performed well. Many live recordings are a decent substitute for that.

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    We have a local "coffee" shop (building was a old packing shed back in the day for the fruit grown in our county) that's primarily open Fri/Sat nights for live shows.. eclectic mix week to week.. a lot of our local kids got there start there.. 10 min drive for us.. Once a year they have a song writers contest that brings out dozens of acts.. Live is best for sure..
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    My rock concert going days are long over, but I do tend to listen to live records of the big 6 or whatever then the studio albums. Part of it is I have listened to the studio albums so many times that there are no surprises anymore. I have always found Genesis better live. PF's Early Years boxes are amazing and not being a fan of bootlegs, most of it was new to me. They really did a great job cleaning up the sound without sterizing the songs. Older TD live is great but latter day doesn't change much from the studio. Hackett's done excellent live work. And KC may be the best of all of them when it comes to live work.

    Classical music I love much better live.

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    For me, even at 58, my favorite thing to do in life is to drink a few beers and go to a good concert. I still love the live music experience. Sometimes when I go see young bands I am the "old guy" at the show, but it is what it is at this point.

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    It puzzled me when I went to shows 30 - 40 years ago and saw 'old guys' seemingly enjoying themselves.
    Now I am 'that guy' and I get it 100%.
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    For me, it the exact opposite......I don't find LIVE shows enjoyable any more at all....(must be an age thing)
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    Listening and watching musicians perform music live, (especially the various genres of music I listen to, which all require a high level of musicianship), is a fantastic experience.

    But, I would much rather listen to a great studio recording of music I enjoy, than a live performance of music I don't. Not even close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    It puzzled me when I went to shows 30 - 40 years ago and saw 'old guys' seemingly enjoying themselves.
    Now I am 'that guy' and I get it 100%.
    Same here, and I feel no need to drag someone along with me like I used to years ago. I go to a show because I want to see it. I don't want to keep wondering if the person with me is enjoying it or not.
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    What keeps me from going to more live gigs these days are the ticket prices. I didn't go to see Elton on his "Farewell, Yellow Brick Road" tour because I knew I'd be thinking the whole time about what I should have done with that much money.

    King Crimson, on the other hand, was a bargain at twice the price I paid (and some did).
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    It's just as well. Playing live is the only way musicians can make money anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    It puzzled me when I went to shows 30 - 40 years ago and saw 'old guys' seemingly enjoying themselves.
    Now I am 'that guy' and I get it 100%.
    I remember back when I was in my early 30's thinking that I could probably get away with going to rock n roll shows a few more years before I was too old. How funny that sounds today. I also remember when I was young seeing the "old" guy at a show and me and my buddies talking about it. I went to see Consider The Source at Bell's Brewery last week. It was a small crowd, but I am pretty sure I was the oldest person there. I had a similar experience at All Them Witches show back in the spring. There were a few older people there that were probably around my age, but not very many. Oh well, it is what it is. A lot of people my age are content to stay home or only check out older bands that they grew up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersonic Scientist View Post
    For me, it the exact opposite......I don't find LIVE shows enjoyable any more at all....(must be an age thing)
    Interesting. I can't imagine that happening to me unless I get to a point where I am physically unable to attend shows. One of the things I look forward to the most regarding retirement is being able to attend more shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Same here, and I feel no need to drag someone along with me like I used to years ago. I go to a show because I want to see it. I don't want to keep wondering if the person with me is enjoying it or not.
    I go to more shows by myself than I ever have. I do have friends and my sister who still like to attend shows, but Consider The Source is a good example of one that I could not get anyone else to go, so I just went solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    What keeps me from going to more live gigs these days are the ticket prices. I didn't go to see Elton on his "Farewell, Yellow Brick Road" tour because I knew I'd be thinking the whole time about what I should have done with that much money.

    King Crimson, on the other hand, was a bargain at twice the price I paid (and some did).
    Ticket prices around here are all over the place. The big arena shows and casino shows can be expensive, but there are also a lot of cheaper theater and club shows around as well. I will mention Consider The Source again as tickets were only $10. Of course I am paying much more for Steve Hackett Thursday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Interesting. I can't imagine that happening to me unless I get to a point where I am physically unable to attend shows. One of the things I look forward to the most regarding retirement is being able to attend more shows.
    Yep, me too.
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