There’s a big difference between singing in a studio and singing on stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people. Live performances can be difficult, singers and musicians need to perform with their music to keep the audience entertained. It’s why Michael Jackson danced, it’s why Bruce Springsteen slid along the stage, it’s why Chuck Berry did the duck walk. A little coordination, a little creativity and you can have something that keeps the crowds’ eyes on you. Some artists though, particularly rock artists, have had a… different approach to live performance
- The Who- A hugely influential rock group during the 60s and 70s, seeing The Who live was a treat. Pete Townshend, the band’s guitarist would “windmill” while he played, swinging his arm around and around to strum the guitar. While that was entertaining, at the end of a performance the band would sometimes destroy their instruments, not burning them in a fire, not sending them off someplace, they would literally smash their guitars, amplifiers and drum kits to bits with their hands and feet. The sounds were awful, but the spectacle was unlike anything seen on stage before
- Iggy Pop- A late 70’s and 80’s Punk and Rock Icon, his band Iggy and the Stooges were known for putting on a high energy but somewhat grotesque live show. The inventor of the stage dive, Iggy would break glass onstage and roll around in it causing him to bleed all over his top half because he almost always performed shirtless. Famously he performed at a concert where, after heckling a motorcycle gang, he jumped into the crowd and was promptly beat senseless by a biker, effectively ending the show.
- Pink- Pink’s identity is entirely unique in the world of Pop. Her image, her voice, but her stage presence has always pushed the limits. Her aerial performance of “Glitter in the Air” during the 2010 Grammys brought down the house.
These artists and along with others found their voice in more ways than one. By establishing themselves in an original manner and remaining true to their art and their identity, their legacies continue to make a lasting impression on the performers that follow them.
Creating and cultivating a unique presence is important to us as it was to these artists. At Singing Pro we provide more than singing lessons around Wallingford, PA, we work to nurture and grow artists, to help them develop their own voice.