Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Well of course.
But I don't think the was the OP's point. The discussion was about taking it the next level.
I don't get how every discussion on "show" gets dismissed as "learn to play first". Krupa and Pape Jo Jones were big on the visual tricks, but no one said they couldn't play. Clearly, many drummers/musicians DO learn to play first, and then incorporate the "show" aspect to take their career to the next level.
The question I was trying to ask is more, 'Does a band/drummer need to have a certain level of skill before they engage in showmanship
?' Does it bother you if they aren't technically very good, but try to put on a big show and engage the audience?
The OP talked about engaging the audience so they don't feel isolated. I'm not trying to dismiss showmanship, and I think it's a valid question, but maybe you've been through this before.