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Concerts were better when microphones were wired.

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by rmath84, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. rmath84

    rmath84 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Old man alert. I was watching "The Song Remains the Same", which could have been a great movie if it didn't want to make a "statement". We had to wait for "Stop Making Sense" for a director and band to figure that out.

    Anyway, Robert Plant knew how to work a mike. I was lucky to see Rod Stewart in his prime with The Faces and it was amazing what he did with a mike stand. Mick, Roger Datlrey, Freddie Mecury, all the great worked the mike.

    Apologies in advance to Ms Turner but I always get a twinge when seeing her work it in "Gimme Shelter"
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  2. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    Concerts were better when musicians played and singers sang and you got what you got without electronics in the middle to fix the mistakes or punch in tracks.

    The wired part of the microphones isn't the issue.

    Yes, old guy rant #123121.
  3. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    Forum posts were better when they were made up of related sentences.
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  4. Hanglow

    Hanglow Forum Resident

    Saratoga New York
    The mic stand also came in handy to hang your scarfs......think Steven Tyler,you say?
    Gene sported one serious mic..........sorry :hide:
  5. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest
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  6. petem1966

    petem1966 Forum Resident

    Katy TX
    I assume you're talking about live albums? They were totally futzed with in the 70s. Song Remains the Same is very guilty of that. Heck every live album has punch ins.
  7. Solaris

    Solaris a bullet in flight

    New Orleans, LA
    Personally I think concerts are better when the audience is wired.

    Thanks, I'll be here all week.
  8. Should this be in Visual Arts?
    One mention of The Song Remains the Same and Stop Making Sense and then it's not about movies at ALL.
  9. Mr. E. Tramp

    Mr. E. Tramp Forum Resident

    Can you imagine Roger Datlrey going on stage with a wireless mic but he didn't notice till he throws it?
  10. CDV

    CDV Forum Resident

    Madonna would not be able to sing (barely) while running around if she used a wired mic. A wired mic is not a guarantee against lip-sync or autotune.

  11. roverb

    roverb Forum Resident

    603 - LFOD
    i always thought that was kinda odd, but after looking at that pic i think it's so he didn't have to keep raising his hand up/extending his arm for contestants etc to talk into the mike
    i guess i still think it looks kinda odd
  12. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    I don't think a performer being tethered to one place ensures a great performance. When Kate Bush decided that a wireless microphone and a custom made headset cobbled up from a wire coathanger was needed to express herself via dance...it changed live performance forever.

  13. dougotte

    dougotte Petty, Annoying Dilettante

    Washington, DC
    Non-sequitur alert!
  14. Shoes1916

    Shoes1916 Forum Resident

    United States
    LOL! :righton:
  15. Mike91

    Mike91 Member

    USA New York
    Wired or wireless mic, it doesn't matter to my mind. It's not the only characteristic to take into account to make a concert sounding better. More precisely, there are even many other characteristics that are worth taking into account.
  16. SoundAdvice

    SoundAdvice Senior Member

    Some big name guitarist still do hard wired gigs for TONE reasons(Edge, Eric Johnson, EVH?). Once runways and crowd mugging enter the picture it's usually wireless.

    There's a couple big name singer who still go wired. Visual, tone, or even sound signal integrity from drop outs.

    As for the general question in the thread title, it's an old man yelling at a cloud.
  17. jrice

    jrice Senior Member

    Halifax, NS Canada
    The good old days. When men were men and mics, audiences and performers were wired. Lol
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  18. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    I miss when this forum was conducted via telegraph. Now there was a wire.
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  19. petem1966

    petem1966 Forum Resident

    Katy TX
    And worse! When reading the forum on my tablet it's WIRELESS!!! I don't know what the world's coming to. Pretty soon those horseless carriages will be everywhere, radios in every household...
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  20. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Concerts were better when men wore zoot suits and drove up with white sidewall tires.

    Not that this makes a lick of difference.
  21. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Problem is, somebody always had to insist on getting a better wire...
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  22. Jay_Z

    Jay_Z Forum Resident

    I'm a megaphone man. Rudy Vallee all the way.
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  23. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy Forget Scientific & Enjoy the Music

    Northwest, USA
    Not just the singing but also the stage act. I remember seeing black oak Arkansas and the singer Jim is a graceful frontman. He got himself electrocuted in the microphone but he went with it looking like it was a part of the act. Love the show!
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  24. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Senior Member

    Concerts were also better when there wasn't a choreographed complex multi-color light show constantly going.
  25. misteranderson

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj
    There were gaps in the filming of The Song Remains The Same, so they came up with the goofy fantasy sequences.

    David Lee Roth was another one who used a mic stand as a prop. Steven Tyler too.

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