Neil_FannI've always had a beef with the number of backing musicians you see in the wings with FM (see also REM) but there are as many side of stage as front here.
Not to drag this off topic, but I don’t think that’s a fair comparison. Specifically:
- REM only had Peter’s guitar to fill that space, so they augmented with an extra guitar and sometimes keys live.
- FM already had Lindsay’s guitar + Christine’s keys, and they augment with 2 vocalists, guitar, keys, and percussion.
- REM also acknowledged their supporting players live - introducing them to the audiences, giving shoutouts after big moments, etc. FM ludicrously pretends it’s just the 5 of them on stage.
I agree with you that FM relies too much on the supporting players, I just don’t think REM can be tarred with the same brush.