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PlayaDelWes
04-19-2012, 07:03 PM
I noticed that at least Dre seemed to have a couple teleprompters at his disposal.

http://i43.tinypic.com/25z08xl.jpg

They certainly weren't trying to hide them.

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Is that normal? What other acts usually have them as a fall-back plan or safety net?

Auenway
04-19-2012, 07:51 PM
Ya I noticed this too after watching some youtube videos. Found it kind of weird, its not like Eminem or Dre even used them. Wonder if anyone would have a good guess on why?

isnate
04-19-2012, 08:07 PM
are you fucking kidding me

gaypalmsprings
04-19-2012, 08:13 PM
Prince uses a lot of them.

InDaGreen
04-19-2012, 08:43 PM
Not to be totally ageist, but a lot of older acts (the Stones, etc.) seem to use them.

Though he probably rehearsed plenty, I'd imagine Dre wanted them just in case he forgot a lyric. It has been a while since he's performed in public.

coolhandluck
04-19-2012, 09:53 PM
John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten did the Outdoor Stage a few years ago with Public Image Ltd. He had a music stand with a binder on it and lyrics for all his songs. He was constantly looking at his lyrics. Guess all those years of drugs caught up with him.

sidsjiff
04-19-2012, 10:23 PM
What about those people who are up there doing sign language for all the lyrics and what's being said on stage. Could it be for them to read as well?

Hambone_13
05-09-2012, 11:57 PM
I saw Snoop Dogg use what appeared to be a list printed and posted on the stage to read out the cities when asking where everyone was from.

rasooli
05-10-2012, 12:21 AM
The singer for Underworld was singing while looking at a book on a stand with all the words to each song when I saw them in Halloween in SF a couple of years ago. Pretty lame if you ask me.

tigermilkboy
05-10-2012, 07:32 AM
The singer for Underworld was singing while looking at a book on a stand with all the words to each song when I saw them in Halloween in SF a couple of years ago. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Often these books contain more than just words for songs, but various instrumental notes. I don't see what is so lame, most of the best orchestra's in the world have the sheet music in front of them even though they have rehearsed extensively. If it helps the performer to remember and put on a better show, what is so lame?

wompwomp
05-10-2012, 01:53 PM
I feel it is very common these days, especially among older artists (as the poster above said). I've seen personally Springsteen, Aerosmith, Prince, Elton John, The Stones, Paul McCartney using them(to name a few). Eddie Vedder usually carries a book of lyrics that he refers to sometimes as well.

I saw Ozzy Osbourne a few years ago and it was super obvious he was using a teleprompter. The one time he left the centre of the stage he forgot the words to Crazy Train. What a mess.

TomAz
05-10-2012, 03:06 PM
I went to this concert once and every single musician was wearing a tux and sitting town and reading from sheet music. Pretty lame if you ask me.

GuyInTucson
05-10-2012, 04:28 PM
Often these books contain more than just words for songs, but various instrumental notes. I don't see what is so lame, most of the best orchestra's in the world have the sheet music in front of them even though they have rehearsed extensively. If it helps the performer to remember and put on a better show, what is so lame?

You're discounting the fact that Rasooli is a total dunce.

algunz
05-10-2012, 04:36 PM
I went to this concert once and every single musician was wearing a tux and sitting town and reading from sheet music. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Holy shit, I think I went to that show too. Was there a guy with a stick that was pretty much keeping the rhythm for them too? Fucking amateurs!

GuyInTucson
05-10-2012, 04:40 PM
Holy shit, I think I went to that show too. Was there a guy with a stick that was pretty much keeping the rhythm for them too? Fucking amateurs!

They didn't even have any LED screens either. What a buzz kill.

algunz
05-10-2012, 04:44 PM
No lasers. :nono

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-10-2012, 05:34 PM
Hearing Mozart without laSers, Confetti cannons, fireworks and back up dancers is so fucking lame.

Also, every time I see the title for this thread I keep reading as "TELEPROMPTERS - WHAT SEX ACTS USE THEM?"

DJ Sin
05-10-2012, 06:03 PM
Sean Ryder of the Happy Mondays used a teleprompter when they performed at Coachella.

tigermilkboy
05-11-2012, 06:56 AM
Sean Ryder of the Happy Mondays used a teleprompter when they performed at Coachella.

Well Shaun Ryder probably wasn't in the same universe when Happy Mondays wrote those songs, so that is legit.

tigermilkboy
05-11-2012, 06:57 AM
You're discounting the fact that Rasooli is a total dunce.

Well I was a teacher once and sometimes you have to engage a dunce and hope some education penetrates. Old habits and all...

Stickjohn
05-11-2012, 08:16 AM
I wonder if Bob Dylan uses a teleprompter these days and if yes, how it actually reads.

tigermilkboy
05-11-2012, 08:37 AM
I wonder if Bob Dylan uses a teleprompter these days and if yes, how it actually reads.

As far as I know Dylan isn't. Given how many people complain they can't understand what he is singing, I am not sure how it would read "frrwww-olling stkkkllee" perhaps.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 08:48 AM
I don't mind this all that much. Performers get old and/or use too many mind-altering substances. They need all the help they can get. :)

GuyInTucson
05-11-2012, 09:01 AM
Well I was a teacher once and sometimes you have to engage a dunce and hope some education penetrates. Old habits and all...

I get where you are coming from, but in this case, the individual is a lost cause.

rasooli
05-11-2012, 11:58 AM
Sheet music for a live orchestra is way different. That's the norm when you go to a symphony, but it's not when you see a live EDM act, or any other non classical music act for that matter.

amyzzz
05-11-2012, 12:11 PM
Maybe it should be the norm.

rasooli
05-11-2012, 01:23 PM
Maybe...

ialvarado2
05-11-2012, 05:33 PM
Stevie Wonder uses them

jaysocal
05-11-2012, 11:34 PM
The singer for Underworld was singing while looking at a book on a stand with all the words to each song when I saw them in Halloween in SF a couple of years ago. Pretty lame if you ask me.

NOT TRUE. I have been to 2 of their SF shows (and have seen them a handful of other times). During their show at the Fox in Oakland (I was in the photo pit for that) and at the show at Cow Palace (I was against the front rail) Karl Hyde did not have lyrics in front of him. Need some proof? Here is a video clip (horrible sound, I'll admit...but I did not take this) showing Karl on stage at Spookfest in SF (Cow Palace Show) singing Two Months Off == I don't see ANY teleprompter or music stand with lyrics on it.

J-aCPdTLAEg

I won't stand for this kind of underworld-related blasphemy!

frozen pilgrim
05-12-2012, 06:57 AM
well, when I saw them, he DID have a music stand with a binder/notebook on it. he used it for some stuff he said he'd written earlier in the week. didn't bum me out at all.

rasooli
05-12-2012, 08:31 AM
If I remember correctly, he was using the stand for their new songs which they were performing during the first half of their set.

gaypalmsprings
05-12-2012, 08:57 AM
http://sadhillnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/obama-daughter-gulf-swim-teleprompter-vacation-sad-hill-news.jpg

gaypalmsprings
05-12-2012, 08:58 AM
Prince uses a lot of them.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5638365843_0ee2ff18fa.jpg

Bumblebee
05-13-2012, 12:37 PM
I wonder if Bob Dylan uses a teleprompter these days and if yes, how it actually reads.

He does not. he's quite nearsighted and apparently doesn't wear contacts. Robert Smith of the Cure is also very near sighted and they have crazy setlists.

I've seen artists under 30 use them. Axl, Alanis, Stipe(lyric sheets)

What's unique about Prince is that the lyrics are in "prince-ebonics"(as his fans call them). For example:
"(eye symbol) would die 4 U"

zachyd
05-13-2012, 03:28 PM
Bruce Springsteen has been using teleprompters for the past 10 years. But it really came in handy on the past two tours when they were playing at least 5 songs a night from sign requests alone, and bringing out songs they hadn't played in two decades and covers they'd never played live before. So if a teleprompter allows that, I'm all for it!

microcuts
05-13-2012, 05:19 PM
Depeche Mode definitely uses them.

paulb
05-13-2012, 08:15 PM
I used to think it was lame to use teleprompters, but Id much rather see the artist get the song right then fuck up 10x a night.

TomAz
05-13-2012, 09:17 PM
Depeche Mode also uses vibrating buttplugs.

algunz
05-13-2012, 09:45 PM
Those are fun. I can't blame them.

GuyInTucson
05-14-2012, 08:37 AM
Those are fun. I can't blame them.

If your students only knew...

Ardentbiscuit
05-15-2012, 01:12 PM
In some cases it's unavoidable. Glen Campbell has to use them due to his current condition, unfortunately he can't remember the lyrics otherwise.