This is mostly a discussion about bands with singers who sing high notes at the top of their range. Sometimes bands end up playing songs in a lower key live to help the singer. What do you think about bands who do this? Would it alter your opinion about buying tickets to a show? If you didn't know they were going to do it how did you feel about it after you heard the gig in a different tuning, or did you even notice? I believe that the key of a song affects the feel, but I think the performance is paramount and that bands have to work around the singer. If they can nail the song a semitone down then I'd rather see that show than see the singer struggle all night. But I wonder if some people would be disappointed and feel the singer 'can't do it' if they couldn't keep up a whole show in album tuning for a tour, and needed the material played lower? It is one thing to record a song at the limit of your vocal range but a totally different thing to do a whole gig/tour pushing your limits. Would you rather the album was just recorded in the same tuning which would be used live? I've been watching some YouTube videos lately of studio recordings and live versions of the tracks and have noticed that a couple of the live performances were in a lower key, which sparked the idea for this thread. Do you have any thoughts on this topic? Cheers for any discussion.