For some, it’s a place people go to have a good time.
For some, it’s a place people go to say that they went, take a selfie and post it online, especially for the bigger bands.
For some, it’s a place people go to hear the studio songs replicated exactly as the studio recordings.
For me, I go to the live show to hear the songs with a touch of something different, like an extended solo or longer intro or crowd sing along and what not.
If I want the music perfect, I will listen to the studio recordings.
And I think it’s a forgotten art form, how to make a song last a little bit longer especially if the energy is there.
Kiss tries to replicate the recording in a live setting.
Motley Crue from the shows I’ve seen, just try to play the album songs, while Bon Jovi likes having an extended outro solo here and there in some of the songs, plus a medley of different songs.
Bruce Springsteen jams out his songs and Black Crowes just jam the whole night. The Black Crowes is still one of the best concerts I’ve seen. Dee Snider has the mid song banter down pat.
Bands like Maiden and Metallica really don’t have room to jam as their songs are written in such a way that fans know what part is next and they anticipate it and are ready to chant along with it. So they make it special via the stage show.
And as we evolve, the reasons why we go to the live show will change again. And the price of tickets will play a big part in it.