No problem, totally fair points. I agree it’s her right to present it how she wants to and evidently it’s made for amazing, best-of-career live shows for some fans. But it just really doesn’t interest me.
Gigs don’t need to be traditional to be successful at all, but I guess there’s some basic things I hope to get from a gig that her performance just wouldn’t satisfy in me. Like if an artsy, free form, plotless film is released and acclaimed well then that’s great! Clearly some people enjoyed it, but that’s not what I want from a cinema experience. So i acknowledge its a wholly personal issue but nonetheless.
Also her band has always played lots of synths and used electronic drums etc, so I’m sure if they’d wanted to that they could have made a very faithful version of MASSEDUCTION when played live.
As for the solo singer songwriter issue … yeah can’t explain why that feels different. I suppose if that’s how the songs are written then it makes sense, but I’m not a big fan of stripped down version of full band songs either. So if her tour was acoustic, “authentic” versions of this album I wouldn’t love it either. Both the acoustic and staged versions of the show basically wouldn’t do justice to the songs (to my ears at least).