Live albums are dead and music is the loser

The Independent: Live albums are dead, and music is the loser.


It is time to say farewell to some of the greatest albums ever made, albums that made careers, defined genres, and celebrated the raw power of music. Because the live album, once a rite of passage for every act of substance, is dead.

Yes, some bands may still make live albums: Muse, in particular, have released three(*) live sets in a career of just four studio albums, but they are the exception.