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Speaking just in terms of live shows, it's fine with me as long as they can pull it off. Own it. Convince me. Rammstein does a good job. I've seen a few bands with more understated theatrics that work well. There's a fine line though - I've seen a few bands (local and touring) that would have been much better just wearing jeans and t-shirts and playing their instruments, the schtick felt insincere.

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I agree. As long as it makes sense and adds to the music. Bands like Maiden, Slipknot and even Ghost have lived and thrived from the theatrics and chaos they incorporate into the live show. It adds to the music and is entertaining. 

On the other hand, when I see things like what In This Moment did with their last tour, I just shake my head. It was completely irrelevant and did nothing for the music. 

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