Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was recently a guest on Joe Bonamassa’s podcast “Live From Nerdville”. During the interview, the subject of rock bands using pre-recorded backing tracks came up.
Ian said, “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],” the Anthrax guitarist explained.
“I think Rob Zombie is someone who does it really well because there’s a lot of stuff going on,” Ian continued. “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.”
Ian isn’t the first to think this is how it should be. But what do you think? Should it be required to list on a concert ticket whether or not they are really performing live?
You can see the full interview with Scott Ian below.