Couldn't figure out the best subject line for this, but here goes: How many people out there tend to play live gigs with a little more "looseness" and experimentation than when practising, or recording? I'm talking primarily about original compositions... How true to your songs do you stick? I'm always of the opinion that a live gig should not necessarily sound like a recording on stage - a bit of expression (to a degree) adds a bit of "life" in a live situation. Or do people stick to what is written, and don't stray? How many people out there in bands where the role of the rhythm section is 100% defined and there's no room to move, and the "live expression" is only allowed by the g****rist(s) and singer?