Backing tracks are for bands that write songs for more instruments than they can reliably/economically support onstage. I have no issue with 4-piece bands that have invested time writing/arranging strings and auxiliary using those tracks in a stage show. For me, it's the equivalent of having a sampler on stage.Just wondering if there are those that are in bands that use backing tracks...There seems to be a lot of bands using them..the audience doesnt seem to care, but being old skool, something about them just rubbs me the wrong way..
So when Van Halen was touring the 1984 album, did they use backing tracks, or did they just have someone backstage playing the keys?When The Who performed Baba O’Riley to a backing track (the Arp) I was put off. Same with Van Halen and the synth in Jump. These were top-shelf bands playing along to an important musical track and it smacked of karaoke.
That depends largely on how well the band - the drummer in particular - plays with the track. For a band that plays well together and can keep time, the music will sound perfectly natural.While I'm not against it, I'd just prefer not to because backing tracks can very easily make music feel sterile. I really feel that sometimes they can steal the "soul" out of the music and what's happening.