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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 ...


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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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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 Culture and Resistance During World War II by Luis Alvarez with keywords highlighted. Also, this style of how young men carried themselves can be seen in this ...


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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 E F# F# G#m F# E E G# F# B B etc. It looks like they might be using some non-standard tuning, but I'll leave that up to the guitar specialists.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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,...


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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 ...


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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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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 fell out of use. The last reference to Clear Channel's version of it I could find was in a 2004 Rolling Stone article. That said, the InstantLive technology ...


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Theresa Thomason, folks, on vocals!


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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 indicates an Irish origin rather than a Scottish one. The Wikipedia page for "Star of the County Down" lists "Mädchen von Haithabu" as a recorded version.


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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 ...


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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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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 contracted to appear in all the performances as well, taking the lead part during all matinees and one evening show per week (not the weekend), and performing in the ...


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My theory is that being fans of the Everly Brothers the Beatles liked the look of the two guys singing into the same mike. Then again in the old days without fold-back monitors, it would help when singing harmonies.


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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 ...


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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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