Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is all about authenticity, and he feels if a band isn't being authentic, they need to disclose it to their audience.
In a new interview with the podcast Live From Nerdville, Ian argues that if a band uses backing tracks, it needs to be noted on the tickets.
“I don’t wanna sound like an old man, but, I mean, come on. Look, I get it — if it’s some kind of giant pop act and giant production, or something like that, or if it’s Pink Floyd doing ‘The Wall’ and there’s recorded stuff — voiceovers, whatever, things like that… But I hate going to a show and I just instantly know all the backing vocals are [pre-recorded].”
He would go on to say “I think Rob Zombie is someone who does it really well because there’s a lot of stuff going on. You break Rob Zombie down, [and] it’s real simple — it’s guitar, bass, drums and his vocals. And they could do that fine and play their songs. But if you listen to the records, there’s lots of little spoken parts and things from movies and samples, and things like that, so if you’re running those tracks, it’s great, because it adds an attitude and an atmosphere that isn’t there if it’s just the guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. And I think that’s great and that’s fine. But if you’re faking it, no — I don’t buy it.
“I think it should actually be — I don’t know how it could be a law, but I think it should be printed on a ticket, that for bands that are doing that and [for] shows that are doing that, it should say, ’70 percent of the show you’re paying 250 dollars for is pre-recorded.’ It should say it on the ticket.”
You know what? I don't think this is such a bad idea at all, but it should be noted when you buy the ticket, not after you already purchased it.
Here's the full interview:
[via Rock Feed]