Backing tracks are one in every of essentially the most polarizing items of know-how in rock music. Most artists are both for them and use them, or are utterly towards them and bash them. Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho is in favor of them, and defended bands that use them whereas they carry out a present.
Throughout a dialogue on the Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown podcast, Jericho admitted that Fozzy makes use of them throughout some songs of their reside set, and named a few different massive teams that improve their reside sound as properly.
“We use backing tracks for some songs, and all people does. Except you are Weapons N’ Roses — let me rephrase that — for those who’re in Slash’s band… Weapons N’ Roses has backing tracks. They’ve a keyboard participant. It is simply the best way of the world proper now,” Jericho acknowledged.
“It doesn’t suggest we’re not singing and never enjoying. In the event you’re listening to a document, you go to a Def Leppard gig and also you hear ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ that was recorded with 25 tracks of guitars, you may’t simply go along with two guitars on stage and in your proper thoughts suppose there wasn’t one thing build up the background there.”
The vocalist additional argued that utilizing backing tracks reside does not decide the band’s expertise, and cited Queen as one other group that used them through the Nineteen Seventies, notably throughout “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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Among the many artists who’ve been vocal about their disdain for the usage of backing tracks is Sebastian Bach, and he and Jericho have truly gone backwards and forwards in regards to the topic up to now. The Fozzy vocalist challenged Bach to a sing off after the latter accused the previous of lip-syncing on Twitter.
“I do not see a variety of bands developing which can be going to interchange [classic rock stars] as a result of too a lot of them depend on tapes, and that is not gonna final the check of time,” Bach instructed Final Basic Rock of his ideas on newer rock bands. “There’s gonna be a time when these tape bands are gonna need to do it for actual, and persons are gonna go, ‘This can be a fucking joke.’ And I simply know that actual musicians hit your coronary heart far more arduous than guys miming to a tape.”
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