Not ripping on your opinion Tom. Just stating my own.
I've seen well over 300 big time rock shows in my time. I absolutely respect the "live" aspect of music. But the very best live shows I have ever seen had no need for theatrics. The music was good enough to carry the show. Can you really tell me that with no make-up, and no theatrics, that KISS would still have been the sensation they were? I doubt it myself. Damn near absolutely sure they would have sold a few hundred thousand records, if that, and quickly faded away into obscurity. I would have to admit that they certainly did contribute to the music industry in a big way. Just very sure that it wasn't anything music ever needed. It has to be all about the music doesn't it? Anything else is just a distraction used by mostly mediocre musicians. Don't get me wrong. I very much enjoy crap on fire, and crap blowing up on a stage during a rock show. But if the band is good enough, that stuff adds to the experience, instead of covering up flaws as it often does. The Rolling Stones come to mind. The production values in a Stones show are well beyond spectacular. But if you saw them play live in a pig barn, with no "show" at all, they would still melt your face, and make your ears bleed. Several times. The "my band is better than your band" conversation will always be fun. Because we are all right. What floats my boat may well sink yours. But I love my music, just as I'm sure you love yours. We all win when we listen to music.