This is Shakira's drummer giving a rundown of his on stage set-up for live performances. Quite the elaborate and expensive investment in gear.
I agree, and have often thought that when guitarists (I also play guitar—very, very poorly) change their guitars every song. I mean...if you're in an 80,000 seat stadium, chances are you're not really going to hear the difference between the Strat and the Tele and Les Paul, especially once it's gone through however many pedals and the rest of the sound system.Anyway, i think 99,9% of the audience would not notice any difference when half of that whole set up would be removed..
..as you said, 99.9% of the people wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but Shakira (in this case) would, and she's the one that really matters..
7? I can’t imagine why I’d need more than 3 or 4 on any one gig. Is John Mayer’s setlist really all that diverse? LolI say if the music needs it, then it needs it. Steve Jordan has a video of what he was using with John Mayer and he carried about seven different snares. Although as an audience member, if he played one kit all night I’d be happy.
Maybe he figures Mayer is changing out guitars on every song. He might as well too. But bassist Pino Paladino stays on the same bass the whole time!7? I can’t imagine why I’d need more than 3 or 4 on any one gig. Is John Mayer’s setlist really all that diverse? Lol
My thought exactly. He's not doing it for himself - he's tasked with executing what the music director (and/or) artist requires. So if he needs it, he needs it. I think in Pat Mastellotto's case though, he's not a sideman and a creating member within King Crimson, so he uses what he uses for self-expression, which is cool too.In that scenario, you're hired to do a job, & the required elements are specified. Do you need all that stuff for a show to sound good? --- almost certainly not, but the hiring artist / production believe you do, so you either get with the program, or they get another player.
Now I’m trying to figure out who would have an even more diverse setlist than you. Maybe somebody who tours with a musical revue that does a bunch of different styles? But even then, I doubt there’d be much more diversity. Al’s audience is, I’m guessing, more tolerant than most of extreme and sudden stylistic shifts in a show.If anyone has a diverse set list, it's me! I use one snare.