Re: Is it fair to play live with a metronome?
The reality is a drummer in today's modern era needs to know how to live with a click and without.
So many bands use loops, backing tracks, sequencers and such these days. If a drummer doesn't know how to use a click live, that drummer won't be getting those gigs.
Pretty much everyone I know who actually is able to make a living playing drums these days plays to a click live the majority of the time.
But of course, not every last gig is going to require this skill, and one needs to be able to still perform without said click.
The other aspect is someone you're in a room full of players and not everyone's sense of time is great. The bass player pulls, this player drags, and not everyone is on the same page. Pull up a click, and force them to fall in line, and suddenly the bands falls into place. Clicks can settle arguments really quickly.