In a new interview with the NY Post, Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith said he’s not happy about the increasing number of younger bands that use backing tracks during live shows.
Here’s the statement:
“I tell you what, I see it with a lot of younger bands, and I don’t think it’s a good thing at all.
“I mean, the music is getting too technical now. You have computerized recording systems, which we use, but I think we use them more for convenience than because we need to.
“We’ve toured with a couple of bands that use tapes – it’s not real. You’re supposed to play live; it should be live. I don’t agree with using tapes… I think it’s a real shame.”
He also talked about the tour, saying:
It’s great fun. It’s probably the biggest production we’ve ever had. We have all the props; it’s all linked up to the ‘Legacy’ video game.
“But as far as playing goes, you’re onstage concentrating on the music. Ironically, you don’t get to see the production, really, but the audience does. But playing a guitar solo with a Spitfire hanging over your head is quite fun.”