The use of backing tracks has always been a touchy subject in the rock world, and it’s one Anthrax’s Scott Ian feels very passionate about.
In an appearance on Joe Bonamassa’s “Live From Nerdville” podcast, Ian said, “I don’t wanna sound like an old man, but, I mean, come on…If it’s some kind of giant pop act and giant production, or something like that, or if it’s Pink Floyd doing ‘The Wall’ and there’s recorded stuff [like] voiceovers, whatever, things like that…But I hate going to a show and I just instantly know all the backing vocals are [pre-recorded].”
Ian goes on to explain how acts like Rob Zombie, who use various actualities and other samples in their studio recordings, will use different backing tracks to add samples to live performances. However, all instrumentation and singing is live.
“…I think that’s great and that’s fine. But if you’re faking it, no. I don’t buy it, ” says Ian.
Ian goes as far as saying acts should disclose on their concert tickets if they use backing tracks.
“I don’t know how it could be a law, but I think it should be printed on a ticket, ” says Ian. “That for bands that are doing that and shows that are doing that, it should say, ’70 percent of the show you’re paying $250 for is pre-recorded. It should say it on the ticket.”