ItalianStallion81 wrote:What if the same thing happened to live rock bands? The people that are the guitarists, bassists and drummers?
I have two friends who had problems holding on to a steady rhythm section for their blues band so they started using sequenced bass and drums while they played guitar and harmonica. It was completely surreal
Hey, no one complains when guitarists like Pat Metheny, Steve Hillage, Manual Gottsching or little Bobby Fripp rock out with only their sequencers on stage. Since all of them still work with live bands as well, I suppose that gives their solo endeavors more cred?
I once read an electronic dance musician claiming in an interview that you can't make dance music with live drummers, they are too inconsistent. That guy needs to spend some time locked in a closet listening to James Brown and Al Green records until his ears bleed.
Back to the original topic: The cost of musicians has gone up over the years so theatre productions have reacted just as other musical venues have, reducing the number of musicians needed. Which is better: having a real orchestra in the pit or having a helicopter crash on stage? You have to put the money where it counts...the helicopter
It's been a boon for small productions like community theatre, where for years the pit band might be only a piano and drums.
I once asked an elderly square dance caller why barn dances in the USA shifted from live bands to spinning records after WWII. His answer was "You just couldn't find musicians willing to play for $5 a night
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.