I have heard a few guitarists say they don’t have the singer in their in-ear mix.
In Petrucci’s case- I can understand that.
DP in ‘73 - that has to be a bench mark.
Can you think of anything since then that you have seen live that was as impressive.
I think it’s relative to the thread.
We likely will continue to go around on the AITR issue to no end and as long as the debate remains civil, that's fine. I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone here or anyone's personal tastes, but other than the fact that the posted DP video was shot in 72 I really don't see anything special about it. For the period it was likely incredible and I respect that. I'm 46 and have been an all genre music fan my entire life but I personally would take hundreds of more modern live performances over the one posted. Technology in the last 40 years has drastically improved the quality of live shows.
I'm not denying the talent of the band especially given the date it was recorded. It's a lot like comparing 70's NHL, MBL, NBA, NFL to the game of today. The worst team in the league today would be better by far than the dynasty teams from yesterday. This is no disrespect for those early innovators that blazed new trails.
It was great for 72 but today it's like...meh. Blackmore's tone is decent but everything else is barely average. The base mix is below average, there is a pile of backround noise, a non stop ringing coming from the toms that's muddying the mix. The keys are buried by the guitar. The bass is buried by the ringing toms. The band works this handicap and leaves room for each other which is something that is often lost today.