Well mate here's the deal
Firstly I saw them on their first ever tour with Kenny. Yep was great.
Then I saw them about 10 times with Erik. Each and every time they were utterly fantastic. Erik is a beast live and one of the best singers I've seen period.
Then he leaves and they get Kenny back 10 years on and way past his best imo and quite frankly pretty poor compared to what Erik bought.
For me, no matter how well they play its just not the same without Erik.
If youve never seen the band with Erik you probably wont understand.
So yeah I stand by my comment.
I'll probably never see them live again tbh
well if one feels Erik raised the quality significantly, then the band is indeed a shadow of their former selves once he leaves. whether or not one thinks Erik raised the quality significantly is again up to the individual. mmmbop.
A SHADOW OF YOUR FORMER SELF definition: someone or something that is not as strong, powerful, or useful as it once was:
Agree they are nothing alike. All are called "grunge" but all have different sounds and influences. Soundgarden have a classic metal influence (i.e. Sabbath) whereas Nirvana have a punk/hardcore and alt. rock influence (i.e. Melvins) and Pearl Jam has a classic hard rock influence (i.e. Guess Who). They just came out of the same area/scene and didn't dress glam so got lumped together.
"a shadow of themselves" is not preferring one over another singer, it is stating that the band is nothing like itself even though the band was around before your favourite singer was even in the band. That is why it is a ridiculous comment. Shouldn't be hard even for you to understand, Tobi.