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Has the encore left the building?

By Travis M. Andrews

15 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The encore was once a given at concerts. However, modern-day musicians perceive it as inauthentic. The Washington Post explores the meaning of a "true encore".

"ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!"

Ahh, can't you just hear it? The crowd, hundreds or thousands strong, wanting - no, needing - to hear at least one more song, their chant energizing the room, desperate to keep the night going just a little bit longer, to stave off the silence another few minutes . . .

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