Tool drummer Danny Carey said he finds it sad that very few bands these days are not using either click or backing tracks during live shows.
He said during an interview with Rhythm Magazine:
“Those [King] Crimson guys, they were the heavies of that era! [Chuckles] They felt dangerous. We had them come out and open for Tool because when they weren’t doing that well or whatever – and to return the favor, they had my other band Pigmy Love Circus open for them.
“Those guys have hearts of gold. You’d think they’d be snobby d*cks but every night we played, Robert Fripp would be the one stood there on the side of the stage, digging it because we weren’t syncing to some bullsh*t like so many other bands.
“We were actually playing live. It’s a sad thing when almost every band you see isn’t playing doing that, it’s the clicks and backing tracks that are keeping time. I’ve never played to a click on stage in my life…”
“You have to put yourself in this environment that’s vulnerable and just f*cking go off in the moment.