Originally Posted by jon e rotten
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.
Well, I think the answer should be a resounding yes (even if we see kids not follow this all the time).
And then the next step, at least in hard rock/metal, is yes, to engage the audience. It's a part of why kids pay their money to see a band, because they want to see the band in person.
Sure, a dinner time piano trio is supposed to blend into the back ground and ambiance of the venue, but few people want to go see a rock band to have them stand there and not look at the audience.