Originally Posted by con struct
I can see major acts using this stuff, but your basic bar band?
Sorry, I'm still not getting it, this need for a click track on live gigs. In the studio yeah, sure, that's a given, but that's not what this thread is about.
One of the best examples of the basic bar band using the click with sequenced music that I've seen, was the Queen cover band that used to do the local circuit here in Melb. A song like Bohemian Rhapsody relied heavily on sequenced backing tracks, but they didn't kick in from the very start of the song. The sequenced parts are programmed to come in, in bar 44 for example. In this case the click was vital for the band to stay in time, so that they were right on cue when the sequenced section started. I've also seen bands with no keyboards using sequenced parts to cover the lack of the instrument. Again, the parts are not constant in the song, they drop in and out. In order for it not to be a mish mash of music coming and going all over the place, the click is employed to keep the band in time.
Just a couple of examples obviously, but I hope it helps answer your question.