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Who started the encore tradition at concerts?

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 ...
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What is the largest concert performed?

I don't know whether this still stands, but the Guiness Book of World Records at some point listed a-Ha's performance at the 1991 Rock in Rio concert as the record holder with 198,000 paid attendance.
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Why do many British vocalists almost always sound distinctly American when singing?

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 ...
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Why did Paul and George often share the same mic?

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 (...
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Spinal Tap: Units confusion in building Stonehenge stage prop

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 ...
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Why can't singers hit perfect high notes live?

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 ...
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Is there live performances of The Beatles playing "While my Guitar Gently Weeps"?

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 ...
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Why did fans used to buy "bootleg" recordings of live concerts?

You are used to highly produced music which is created primarily for studio recording, and then reproduced live on stage for fans who demand an exact copy of the recording. But there are bands, and ...
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What is the largest concert performed?

Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, New Year's Eve 1994 featuring Rod Stewart with an attendance of 3.5 million. Source (1,2)
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Why do musicians often change their outfits during a concert?

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 ...
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Spinal Tap: Units confusion in building Stonehenge stage prop

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, ...
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Why did not I see black people in Rodriguez concert in South Africa?

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 ...
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What was the first "band xxx performs album yyy in its entirety" type of event?

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 ...
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What stock character/stereotype/thing does Cab Calloway imitate near the beginning of this 1950s "music video"?

This is a style from the '40s. Cab here is emulating a hepcat with how they typically walked. Hepcats were known for wearing Zoot Suits. Please read some of the book The Power of the Zoot: Youth ...
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Need help trying to figure out the tuning / chords of a live acoustic performance of "Two is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls

This is all standard stuff except for the fact that it's in B. They're adding some extra notes to the chords but the basic changes are B B G#m G#m E F# B B B B G#m G#m E F# B B E E F# F# E E F# F# E ...
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers?

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 ...
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers?

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 ...
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What was the first "band xxx performs album yyy in its entirety" type of event?

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 ...
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Why doesn't Buckethead play live shows any 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 ...
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Mystery album by Woody Shaw: "Live in Basel"

This set was recorded on January 16th, 1980 in Basel, Switzerland. The quintet was composed of : Woody Shaw (tr) Carter Jefferson (ss,ts) Larry Willis (p) Stafford James (b) Victor Lewis (dr)
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Whatever happened with InstantLive technology?

The technology was there in 2003, and it had several big bands attached to it, but artists encountered issues with it; the deal necessary to get Instant Live CDs was too restrictive and it eventually ...
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What is the work rota for a typical musical show?

The typical (non-lead) cast member may be contracted to appear in all the performances. An understudy is provided for the main character(s) only. Additionally, the principal understudy may be ...
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Dream Theater - Through Her Eyes (live): What does James LaBrie say before the song starts?

Theresa Thomason, folks, on vocals!
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Is Santiano's "Mädchen von Haithabu" intentionally very similar to Tha Mi Sgith?

The Santiago song and the Sweeney piece are based on the same original melody, but that's not "Tha Mi Sgith" which is very different. The Sweeney piece is titled "Star of the County Down" which would ...
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Why can't singers hit perfect high notes live?

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 ...
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Trying to Find the Name of a Musical

Got it, it was the musical: Next to Normal. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_to_Normal And for the record it wasn't cancer, it was a wife with bipolar disorder.
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What does a music producer do at a concert?

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 ...
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