I have an enormous amount of respect for anyone that goes out on stage to perform. Whether it be Kev from “Big” “Fun” or Sir Elton of John. It takes a special kind of courage that most of us simply don’t have, unless pissed.
After a while, though, I expect it gets easier. I recall a comment from Neil Tennant when asked if he wanted a prompting service for lyrics while he performs live. He said with a degree of withering sarcasm, “I am familiar with the words to my songs”.
But is that true of everyone? What about people like Beebs, Timberlake, Grande? Their songs seem to be quite similar with mostly similar themes. I don’t think they have sweated over the lyrics in a subterranean studio for two months. Ariana Grande. during that quite brilliant Manchester show last summer, came on a few times in casual mode and belted out a couple of forgettable numbers – she never sung the wrong words, or came in at the wrong time.
This may be common knowledge but do they have have a “prompt” in their ear? I have heard of a vocal track for the singer. Can someone explain?