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    Posted: June 10 2010 at 10:12
number 1 for me is rush
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Why? Define "stage presence".
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I can name a few bands with stage absence!
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The Mars Volta.
    
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Stage presence huh? Jaga Jazzist leaves not much space on the stage. Tongue
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people while on stage, they are entertaining they move around and get involved with the crowd.

bands who do more then just stand there and play their music
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Alas, you can't do that on stage anymore...
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Stage presence huh? Jaga Jazzist leaves not much space on the stage. Tongue


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Rush are soooo present on the stage. Aren't they? Smile

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Prog bands are boring on stage, maybe you mean stage theatrics?...While I agree that Rush has a great stage presence, they do not move around too much because they are multi-tasking so much. Geddy will move some then he has to go back to point to sing, bass and keyboards and/or foot pedals, same with Alex.

Earth, Wind & Fire to me put on the best show back in the late 70's of any genre. Filled with lights, pyro, magic acts, floating band members, secret stage doors....In general its how David Copperfield got his start by producing all the magic in EW&F shows.
 
IM is close with the recent stage setup and the walking Eddie....
      
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Stage theatrics? Then you must watch The Wall tour of Pink Floyd. Songs aren't so good, but they build a large wall and break it down on the stage.
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Stage theatrics? Then you must watch The Wall tour of Pink Floyd. Songs aren't so good, but they build a large wall and break it down on the stage.
 
Never heard of them......are they any good?? Wink
      
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I never saw Genesis live, but from the videos I've seen, Peter Gabriel is always dancing and prancing about! Plus his costumes. He also has funny things to say in between songs. Also Gentle Giant is very interesting to watch, everyone looks like their having so much fun, even though their music is complex they are hopping around laughing LOL
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Gentle Giant had a great time on stage.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has a great stage presence and is all over the place. 
Peter Gabriel, both with Genesis and solo has alot of fun and has props and interesting stages.
Talking Heads-not really prog-had one of the best stage presences I've ever seen.
The Tubes-also not really prog-put on an unbelievable show.
The Dixie Dregs had good stage presence and had fun on stage.
Stanley Clarke, when I saw him years ago, bounced all over, played down in the aisles, and had a blast.
 
 
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Originally posted by Catcher10

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Stage theatrics? Then you must watch The Wall tour of Pink Floyd. Songs aren't so good, but they build a large wall and break it down on the stage.
 
Never heard of them......are they any good?? Wink
No!.. very overated especially the drummer. They even had a stand in band at that concert Tongue
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Originally posted by yanch

Gentle Giant had a great time on stage.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has a great stage presence and is all over the place. 
Peter Gabriel, both with Genesis and solo has alot of fun and has props and interesting stages.
Talking Heads-not really prog-had one of the best stage presences I've ever seen.
The Tubes-also not really prog-put on an unbelievable show.
The Dixie Dregs had good stage presence and had fun on stage.
Stanley Clarke, when I saw him years ago, bounced all over, played down in the aisles, and had a blast.
 
 
The TubesClap  ..a band I really wish I had seen
 
I suppose its down to me (again) to mention ELP.They were a little bit lively on occasion Big smile
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Rotisserie chicken anyone?  Got Milk? 
 
I remember one of the first times that I saw Rush live, they commented that critics complained that they didn't move around on stage.  So then they played Wipeout and Alex proceeded to "surf" across the stage.
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Originally posted by yanch

Gentle Giant had a great time on stage.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has a great stage presence and is all over the place. 
Peter Gabriel, both with Genesis and solo has alot of fun and has props and interesting stages.
Talking Heads-not really prog-had one of the best stage presences I've ever seen.
The Tubes-also not really prog-put on an unbelievable show.
The Dixie Dregs had good stage presence and had fun on stage.
Stanley Clarke, when I saw him years ago, bounced all over, played down in the aisles, and had a blast.
 
 
The TubesClap  ..a band I really wish I had seen
 
I suppose its down to me (again) to mention ELP.They were a little bit lively on occasion Big smile

Tubes were a blast! 

I'd give ELP a nod. I saw them twice and during Fanfare and Nutrocker, Keith played out front with the portable hammond and was rolling it all over the stage, he even laid down and pulled it on top of himself and played lting down. So they had their moments!
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Prog bands, especially ELP and Genesis, really invented what became the arena rock concert experience, through a combination of effects and performance.

Pink Floyd all stand perfectly still and let the lights do the "show". Ian Anderson could be alone on stage with no effects or props and entertain the hell out of everybody.

Rush is very fun - Alex Lifeson has a wicked sense of humor, you can tell that Geddy can barely keep a straight face - must be a very fun guy to be in a band with!

Most newer prog bands have zero sense of showmanship. It can probably be blamed that bands don't have the budgets they used to, but there are few performers now who know how to own the stage and command an audience like the old masters. But that's also probably because touring is an impossibility for most bands now, so when they do get up on stage at a festival finally, they must be terrified...
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