I wouldn't say it's a musician thing. It's more a matter of taste. As a musician, I can definitely respect the challenge of performing live, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I appreciate the end result more. A lot would depend on what kind of musician you are or what kind of music you make. You could have overdubs or backing tracks in your music and still have a live feel, and you could have live performance that still has a lot of manipulation. The performances of Radiohead would be as good an example as any. Thom can't naturally loop his vocals, for example, and the audio is carefully amplified and mixed (i.e. processed), not to mention that they still use a lot of effects and random equipment and things. It's not like Radiohead live is solo Thom or something (except maybe in rare circumstances). Also live performances are generally going to be heavily rehearsed with the exception of a few genres. Radiohead doesn't sound to me like they are doing a lot of improvisation live. It sounds more spontaneous than the recordings that you've heard a bunch of times, because you're familiar with those already, and I think this is what makes seeing a band live might feeler fresher, but if it's a good studio recording it'll have those same elements of surprise, and you may just need to listen to it a bit less to appreciate it again. Like I said before, I hadn't been listening to Radiohead much in the last few years, so the albums all sound really fresh to me again now. When I say that the live experience isn't necessarily better, it's because I appreciate the albums so much. Obviously, the live experience is great as well, though, because you'll get something slightly different each time. That's why I go to concerts, but for me, when it's an artist that I already know, it's more of an extension of the recorded music than something to replace it. It's a chance to pay your respect to the artist and be around other people that feel the same, and in that way, going to a live event is almost about more than the actual performance to me (as long as it doesn't suck).