Ffs not this again Clare
Like Emma I also don't get why this bothers you. Dave just plays guitar live, the band said themselves they ARE still a 3 piece so why keep banging on about it just give it a rest now eh.
Not a technical person with music but I'm guessing that the extra guitar gives the songs more depth to carry across a large room better with them playing larger venues in the UK/Europe? Wheras Amerca they played smaller ones so perhaps didn't need the extra guitar? I don't even know why I'm trying to justify this to you cos you're clearly never gonna accept it.
Also how can you say it sounds better with 1 guitar when you haven't seen the band live since Dave started playing with them?....Just saying.