QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 16 2012, 09:45 AM)
The in ear monitoring systems are really amazing these days and everyone gets their own mix. So more and more, I think the amp racks on stage will just be for looks for big shows.
Yeah, I remember an interview with Bruce Dickinson saying how in-ear monitors had really changed things for him and improved everything. Rob Halford said the same. It was mainly down to them being able to hear themselves better so they didn't have to blow their voices out whilst trying to be heard through their monitors. As we all know, Bruce and probably most of the rest of them had problems throughout the 80's with overdoing it with their voice. You'll notice after the Powerslave album that Bruce's voice had changed a lot, especially live. It was just too much to go through.
(Although, having said that, I think the vocals on Seventh Son are the finest in his career)
QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jun 16 2012, 10:07 AM)
I have to agree. I like Opeth's "new" approach best. They have their amps on stage behind these sweet stage props that are a bit hard for me to describe. if you look behind The Drummer(Michael Axenrot) and the Keyboardist(Joakim Svalberg) you will notice the two devils from the album cover. Their halfstacks and racks are located directly behind these.
Basically, the prop is some type of fibrous material that is on a metal frame. They have lights positioned directly in front as well because depending on the colour of the light, the prop displays a different image.http://www.flickr.com/photos/n8foto/6198019771/lightbox/
Yeah that does look good