well, rather, that he saw them with the extra guy backstage. Not the fake-playing.
I think Jack White is saying he saw that.
As for extra musicians, he’s not talking about having a non-band member playing with them on stage, he’s talking about musicians standing behind the stage or in the wings, playing along. Alkaline Trio does this because they’re a “trio,” so they have a 2nd guitarist playing behind the backdrop. Gigantic bands like U2 typically have an entire backup band playing beneath the stage so if someone breaks a string or drumstick, or if a pedal craps out, there’s no drop in the music.
Names? Vampire Weekend, for one. Most of the keys were pre-recorded and dude pantomimed playing them. There are also special secret guitar things that happen, so the lead dude turns around away from the crowd.
It’s funny cuz it’s true!
This past summer I got to work video crew for a few festival shows (including Jack White) and several big name indie rock acts used hidden musicians and pre-recorded tracks. The pre-records aren’t such a big deal…except when the band members are mimicking playing them. That’s the thing that got me – not that there were taped synths and stuff, but that they had members on stage pantomiming playing them. FWIW Jack White didn’t have any of that stuff, and his show is done without set lists and with highly volatile analog equipment. Dude really puts himself out there for things to go wrong in ways that other bands of the same exposure don’t.
My comment was born out of my general feeling that Weezer is so far removed from what they once were that it’s difficult to imagine this album deserves praise, followed up by the lack of music to back up the claim. ‘Back to the Shack’ is pretty terrible – predictably so. I saw those tours too (opening for Lush, opening for Live, etc), as well as the pre-Green album reunion shows where they started flirting with the flying V’s and ironic hard rock imagery that would quickly swallow them and turn them into a gag band. Like you, I just want them to be decent again, but without the benefit of any good music to balance out the lead single, you’ll have to forgive me for suggesting this reads like label promotion.
Not sure if this story could read any more like quote-whore payola promotion if it tried. Guys, y’all gotta keep the act behind the curtain a little better.
Wait, it’s officially released and there’s a headline telling me to stream it…on Spotify? Thanks for the commercial, Stereogum.
Man, you’re gonna hate hip hop then. I know I demand authenticity from artists like Rick Ross before I can enjoy their music. In fact I heard that Dre isn’t even a doctor!