My take is the song should sound like the song so the foundation snd bottom should be spot on. Individual interpretation can be added in fills that don’t change the tuneVague question I know but for the folks here who play cover songs at gigs - do you play them exactly or for the most part how they were recorded? Or do your own thing that sounds good or somewhere in between? And I know it probably varies from song to song but if you deviate from the original, why? Is the original too difficult or too much work or too busy for anyone in the crowd to really appreciate, or maybe you like your style or play on the song better?
Just curious, something I and probably most here pay attention to.