Old_Honky - 12:46 am on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Oh please - next you'll be saying the Beatles was a great band! - ever listened to them signing live ! they wouldn't last five minutes now
Whilst not a great beatles fan I must say that I disagree. They were the greatest pop/rock band ever, they set standards in writing and performing popular music that have never been surpassed, and they are the most successful rock band ever.
Have you ever heard anyone live? They never sound as good as the recording.* Of course the X factor contestants in common with most of the current crop of chart artists all use pitch altering technology on live performances so you never hear how bad they really are.
*The one exception to that in my experience was Jimi Hendrix I heard him live at the Corn Exchange, Newbury he played Hey Joe which was at number one in the charts and it was faultless.