Today's random question: Has an artist's live performance ever turned you off of them? I'm especially talking about an artist you liked before you saw or heard them live. Who was it and what broke the spell? I'm better about this than I used to be. If the records are good, I can just listen to them even if the live shows are bad. But back in the day, any little thing could be a deal breaker. For instance: I really liked Tori Amos when she first came out. By the time of Under the Pink, I was on board enough to want to go to a show with my then-girlfriend. It was my first experience of an artist dramatically changing her songs live. It wasn't like the arrangements were very different or the melodies somewhat altered; instead the vibe I got was that she was bored with her own material and improvising just to amuse herself. Melodies from the recordings were ignored in favor of constantly-changing, improvised lines. Songs without accompaniment, she might pause at random spots, seemingly to prevent the audience from being able to sing along. I left the show deeply annoyed and basically stopped listening to her for years. Another recent one is The War on Drugs. I like them, my wife loves them. She likes to have Alexa play songs on shuffle, and half of them end up being live tracks. And the guy--in Tori-like fashion--flat refuses to sing a single melody the way it is on the albums, or the way he sang the previous line, even. He's all over the place. There's a live cover of "Touch of Gray" and though the instrumentation follows the Dead song pretty well, the vocal is perversely insistent on never matching the original even slightly. I don't get it. Might have to forbid Alexa from playing any of their live stuff because it's driving me nuts.