What a silly thread! Those who like the backgrounds/history/research are perfectly entitled to do so. Those who like to perform (& do what the hell they like with the material) are also perfectly entitled to do so. Those who like to do both have the best of both worlds and are also perfectly entitled to that.
As for song intros being too long - this is all down to judging your audience. If you've got a 50-50 audience of intro lovers and haters either suit yourself or get the hell outa there!
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