Tight live performance

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JohnS37JohnS37 Frets: 219
Did you ever see such a tight live performance?  Recently released footage from an old Ed Sullivan show - The Band at the top of their game.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NKu0OTDvQ-w&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0VzEJbOXi5awlaWVxTU6FMhPO2V3zzexpIDYjHLYv5IX9Xc3yKVhoIGJs
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 14912
    I enjoyed that but I don't think it was unusually tight.

    Slayer, Prince, Pantera, Hugh Laurie's band, Meatloaf - just a few I've seen that were as tight or tighter.

    It's a shame that some acts are viewed as unusually tight as an exception - it really should be the sloppy ones get called out.



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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 20178
    edited May 6
    I too don't want to pour scorn on something you clearly like, but 'tight' isn't something that would spring to mind listening to that.  Sorry!  (I'm not suggesting I'd use a derogatory word, it's just that I wouldn't think 'ooh, they're tight').
    Black Lives Matter is not an anti-white movement, Feminism is not an anti-men movement, Pride is not an anti-straight movement - This isn't about you.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    Not watched it yet. The band that come to mind as tight when I saw them live were Chic.
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • JonathangusJonathangus Frets: 1383
    Two standouts for me: Slayer at Reading Festival in 2006, and James Brown supporting RHCP in Hyde Park.
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  • kennedydream1980kennedydream1980 Frets: 705
    ‘Tight’ Basically describes Tower Of Power.

    https://youtu.be/UrxRJ9HlfZk
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 2298
    I'd never seen that before so thanks for posting. An incredible lineup with each of them being super special at multiple disciplines. A lovely shot of Garth noticing he's on camera and getting a little shy. 
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 4034
    Steely Dan in 2014, 2017 and 2019 (I think) - similar lineup all three times save for Walter only being there for the first one - insaaaaanely tight. Metronomically tight. Ridiculous, actually. 
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6010
    Two standouts for me: Slayer at Reading Festival in 2006, and James Brown supporting RHCP in Hyde Park.
    Have to say I've never thought of Slayer as a tight band.
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  • BloodEagleBloodEagle Frets: 4971
    Two standouts for me: Slayer at Reading Festival in 2006, and James Brown supporting RHCP in Hyde Park.
    Have to say I've never thought of Slayer as a tight band.

    Are you out of your mind? Slayer with Dave Lombardo are/were the tightest and meanest metal band of all time
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 417
    Gotta say, I agree with @PolarityMan ... never thought of Slayer LIVE as particularly tight. The sheer speed of a lot of it, and the very heavily scooped tones hide quite a lot.  No doubting Lombardo's powers mind.

    Chic yeah, I think the most "in the pocket" tight I ever saw was Prince's band during the O2 residency.  Just incredible.

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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 14912
    Slayer's tone isn't scooped at all. The mid boosts they use on mid heavy JCM800s is mental. It shouldn't work.

    I saw Prince on that run too - what a show that was!



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  • monkey42monkey42 Frets: 284
    Whitecat said:
    Steely Dan in 2014, 2017 and 2019 (I think) - similar lineup all three times save for Walter only being there for the first one - insaaaaanely tight. Metronomically tight. Ridiculous, actually. 
    Yep....
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6010
    Bezzer said:
    Gotta say, I agree with @PolarityMan ... never thought of Slayer LIVE as particularly tight. The sheer speed of a lot of it, and the very heavily scooped tones hide quite a lot.  No doubting Lombardo's powers mind.

    Chic yeah, I think the most "in the pocket" tight I ever saw was Prince's band during the O2 residency.  Just incredible.

    Tbh they're barely a metal band..have very much a punk vibe.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6010
    Also Kerry kings leads sound like he is falling down some stairs while playing guitar.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 1190
    Whitecat said:
    Steely Dan in 2014, 2017 and 2019 (I think) - similar lineup all three times save for Walter only being there for the first one - insaaaaanely tight. Metronomically tight. Ridiculous, actually. 
    Yep. I was at 2014 and 2019 shows and would agree wholeheartedly.

    also, surprisingly so, but Funeral for a Friend were one of the tightest live shows I ever did see
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  • StefBStefB Frets: 1325
    Most Megadeth line ups spring to mind for tightness, but particularly the classic Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman & Menza era, and the current incarnation with Loureiro & Verbeuren. 
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 2577
    Snarky Puppy are pretty damn tight

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 4034
    joneve said:
    Whitecat said:
    Steely Dan in 2014, 2017 and 2019 (I think) - similar lineup all three times save for Walter only being there for the first one - insaaaaanely tight. Metronomically tight. Ridiculous, actually. 
    Yep. I was at 2014 and 2019 shows and would agree wholeheartedly.
    My dad was with me at the 2017 & 2019 shows - he said that the only other band he’d ever seen that was on that level was Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Quite a compliment for Fagen & co quite frankly and I think he’d graciously accept that!
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6922
    Tightest I’ve seen was Robert Cray.
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 22378
    edited May 11
    The Band for me epitomise that ‘tight but loose’ thing that certain players from the other side of the Atlantic have in spades - Ry Cooder, Little Feat, J J Cale, et al. More an ability to swing and play around the best, rather than tightness per se.

    There’s an effortless musicality about their playing which is just a joy to listen to. Masters of their craft….
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 14912
    Also Kerry kings leads sound like he is falling down some stairs while playing guitar.
    I remember a thread on here when a kid asked for advice about how to solo like him. Several people tried to give fully detailed answered.

    The late great Jason Morris just said "Go apeshit in E minor"

    That still makes me laugh to this day. RIP J-Mo.



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  • proggyproggy Frets: 3943
    I was lucky enough to see Little Feat once.
    They were tight.
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  • SpringywheelSpringywheel Frets: 369
    edited May 11
    Paul Gilbert and his band, a few years ago in Reading.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8097
    You want tight? Here's tight.



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