Strangely enough, present-day rock concerts are an offshoot of the Western European classical music tradition, which has a lineage that can fairly reliably be traced back to the fall of the Roman empire (476 AD). Depending on who you ask, this lineage can be traced even further back to the ancient Greeks and ancient Egyptians.
If that's a stretch, consider ...
This is actually a very common question that linguistics folks occasionally talk about and/or study. The key is that the singers are not "singing American".. they are losing their native accent.
When you are singing a song, there are a number of things that are different from when you're speaking words. The two key changes are:
You use a different part of ...
Black Sabbath had a model of Stonehenge built as stage prop for the Born Again tour. Its size was misread by the makers who read the size as 15 meters instead of 15 feet. It came out so large that it would not fit on most stages. This was what was spoofed in This is Spinal Tap.
See here and here for the story.
Well, I can think of a few of reasons.
In the studio, the singer can sing the same part over and over until it is "perfect". A take where the singer doesn't hit all the notes correctly can be replaced with a better one.
It is possible to pick the best parts of several takes. Doing this, the singer doesn't need to sing the song through perfectly.
It is ...
As commonly known, The Beatles stopped touring and became a studio band in the later stages of their existence. The last tour they did was in 1966, and While my Guitar Gently Weeps was recorded in 1968.
In 1968 and 1969, they only performed twice, none of the concerts featured the song. So, the song was never performed live at a concert by the band.
I've found a bunch of other different combinations of microphone sharing between the Beatles. Here's George and John:
Here's Paul and John:
Here's George, Paul, and John:
Here's Paul and Ringo (though obviously this is a little more recent):
A Google Image search of "Beatles sharing microphones" doesn't seem to turn up photos of George and Paul any more ...
Musicians are entertainers, and a live show needs to have some incentives for the audience to show up. There are some genres --folk and grunge for example --where naturalness and authenticity are prized. It would be jarring to see a musician in one of those genres dress up in a fancy costume. But for a glitzy pop genre, the live show is a bit like a ...
From my preliminary research, which includes a Quora question, a RateYourMusic list, and a couple of other references, it seems like it may have been The Who, who played their classic double album Tommy live starting in April of 1969. Now, there is a caveat here. They technically switched the song order and didn't play four tracks from the album: "Cousin ...
The documentary itself depicts his music as popular only among progressive white youth in South Africa. The fact that they linked his music with their opposition to apartheid does not mean that their affection for him was automatically shared by their black counterparts. It's worth noting that Rodriguez's music wasn't directly about apartheid, and doesn't ...
In specific genres, this may be true. However, in genres where the singer is mostly acting as a host - such as in vaudeville or in hiphop - the female singer won't be judged as much. In others where the singer is the performer, there does seem to be a double standard. Rex Harrison was mocked for continuously talking his numbers but continued to be billed ...
The term "diva" is really a descendant of the prima donna ("first lady" = lead female role) in opera. Prima uomo means "first man," but this term is very rarely used compared to prima donna.
I can't offer a definite answer for your main question, but I wonder if it might be related to genre. The genres in which female singers dominate have very different ...
Another thing I discovered is that Spinal Tap's Stonehenge gag might predate Black Sabbath's.
This is Spinal Tap was released in March 2, 1984. Black Sabbath's Born Again tour started the August 7, 1983 and ended the March 4, 1984.
But given the production time of a movie, the Snonehenge in Spinal Tap scene was probably shot several months before.
Reasoning: It's a great way of re-selling an old artist 'back from the wilderness' but with nothing new on offer.
Who first: I bet that's going to be harder to nail down - there's been a huge resurgence in old acts coming back to do their old stuff, probably driven by the success of a million tribute bands around the world.
For the past 15 years or more,...
Apparently after this question was posted Buckethead announced tour dates for April to June 2016. In the linked article, it says about Buckethead that:
Since he stopped touring, he’s released a staggering 224 albums as part of his long-running Pikes series, including an unfathomable 118 last year alone.
Though it's not an official explanation, I could ...
The difference in atmosphere might have something to do with it. In a concert, a vocalist is not only thinking about hitting notes, but also the crowd and how they react to a certain thing. They are moving and dancing, which messes with your air support.
A studio atmosphere is very quiet and focused, the vocalist is not moving at all, they have headphones ...
On this Launchpad video you can have a simplified exemple of what can be a live performance of an electronic music artist.
As you said, on his quiet studio time, the artist can create his various stems, nice and clean ready to be played at a live show. He will also select samples (extract from other artists music).
In the live performance, like an ...
The Beatles [UK] - 600m
Elvis Presley [US] - 600m
Michael Jackson [US] - 350m
Madonna [US] - 300m
Elton John [UK] - 300m
Led Zeppelin [UK] - 300m
Rihanna [Barbados] - 250m
Pink Floyd [UK] - 250m
This is gospel piano, a traditional style for religious music from the black American church that has a long and influential history, in parallel with secular black American musical styles such as jazz, the blues and soul. Like other black American music, it has roots in traditional African musical styles.
However, there are many different kinds of gospel ...
An unexpected album of theirs, which non-Deadheads like me often like is Workingman's Dead. The material is more folk/country/Americana. The review here gives an idea of how unexpected it was, and how it also propelled them to recognition and success... Other details in wikipedia.
She wears a tight mini skirt and sings the song sitting/reclining on a podium. It's hard to imagine how she could stand up and step off the podium elegantly. Rolling is probably the least inelegant way of getting off and fits the theme of the song ("he shot me down") best. I'm surprised that the director didn't think to just cut the shot at the end of the ...
The Black Sabbath prop absolutely did NOT inspire the joke in This Is Spinal Tap. The joke is in the original short version of the film, made in 1982 - a year before the Sabbath tour.