Re: Is it fair to play live with a metronome?
I think that playing along to a click is a necessity for modern working drummers and I think its definitely not a bad thing as it enables artists to use backing tracks etc. in live situations.
Although Id agree it can sterilise the music I think thats where the art of playing to a click comes in because you have to be able to manipulate that click to make it sound more human and to prevent you from becoming a drum machine! Playing slightly behind/in front of the click are valuable tools in this and make a huge difference in a live situation.
But Im with you in that the job of the drummer should be to keep time and in my opinion all drummers should have good time. Even if they can manipulate a click so it sounds as human as any motown great, what happens when there isn't a click there?