Santa Cruz accused of using backing tapes during a live performance at a recent Whiskey A Go-Go gig



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Santa Cruz accused of using backing tapes during a live performance at a recent Whiskey A Go-Go gig

Santa Cruz consisting of long-time frontman Archie Cruz and new members — guitarist Jerry Jadebassist Tommy Bradley and drummer Randy McDemian — recently played a concert at the legendary Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, USA on April 6, 2022.

The band has been accused of using backing tracks during that show, as evidenced by the video below where: Cruz appears to be singing into a microphone from about 0.19 to 0.24 point of the video, but the singing continues with no one near a microphone from about 0.25 to 0.45 point until CruzJade and Bradley return to microphones for what appears to be the chorus of the song ‘Under The Gun’.

Santa Cruz Performing “Under The Gun” Live In The Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, USA on April 6, 2022 (video from concert rock‘s YouTube page):

The comments below the YouTube video are telling and include:

Kyle Thorstad: “This deserves a Grammy.”

kirkwb: “They are now eligible for the Milli Vanilli Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Asaf Enav: “The drummer was the one who screwed up ha ha…he couldn’t hear the band properly (maybe a monitor problem) and then he PARTICIPATED it by not keeping to the right tempo (he accelerated a bit), making use of the band was uncovered from a backtrack tape (which I don’t think is a bad thing if used properly). But forgivable, because I understand that he and others are new players in this band.”

David Sorcher: “@Asaf Enav, I think the ENTIRE band screwed up by deciding to try and run this Mili Vanilli move in the first place. I’m afraid lip-syncing is NEVER OK in a live rock and roll set.”

Get Madtho: “History has been made on the Sunset Strip again…but I don’t think these guys are going to like how they go down in history”

Asaf Enav: I see a very talented band having a sad technical moment, that’s all. Actually, that singer (who everyone seems to joke about here) was quite pro in his choice to turn to the drummer and help him get back in sync. Let me help you guys: actually the drummer was the one who screwed up ha ha…he couldn’t hear the band properly (maybe a monitor problem) and then he DIVISED by not keeping to the right tempo (he accelerated a bit) causing the band’s use of a backtrack tape is exposed (which I don’t think is a bad thing if used properly). But forgivable, because I understand that he and others are new players for this band.”

Asaf Enav:And as for the so-called “drumtech” folks here seem to be missing out on what he’s really doing: he’s clearly trying to fix the drummer’s in-ear monitor connection so he can hear the band AND the rest of the band…proves it just my theory that he couldn’t hear well, that’s why he ran out of time. The band could have stopped the song but decided to continue playing and FIX THE PROBLEM ON THE GO which ironically is KINDA ROCKNROLL (contrary to what all the geniuses here say in the comments about tapes that aren’t rock n roll are haha). Get over it, as long as the band comes BESIDE real talent to INCREASE it, that’s all right, you drama queens…”

David Lipnicky: “The problem is that any band that uses tapes for vocals or lead instruments is not a ‘live’ band. I don’t want to pay to listen to a laptop or tapes when I go to a live show. That is the problem. It’s an ace & switch and it takes rock music to the level of pop & karaoke.”

Kristian Juel: “Okay, I don’t understand what everyone’s problem is. It’s not lip sync, it’s the backing track for backup vocals. Almost every modern band uses it, and it’s okay. What happened was that the sound guy made the backing track too loud in the beginning and they all got off the ground. Shit happen and you just have to go live with it. You can clearly hear and see that they really sing. The backing track is just too loud, that’s it.”

Gardner de Aguiar: “I would agree if it was ONLY the backing vocals, but it sounded more than that. It’s a verse coming out of the PA and the singer turns and looks at the drummer. It totally looks like they’re just jamming on their CD!”

Santa Cruz are not the first band to use backing tapes during a concert, but synchronizing the band with the backing tapes during a live performance obviously took some work.

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