I don't accept the argument that playing to a click means a trade-off with feel, or groove, as I play with drummers that use clicks but have an abundance of the former. Similarly, there are plenty of drummers that don't play to click that have no feel, or groove, so one wonders that their argument is?
I play in one particular tribute where the drums/bass are interlocked, more so than most bands, and without the groove it simply wouldn't work: even the most acute pair of ears wouldn't notice that there's a click in place, that's all down to the drummer. Just because there's a click that doesn't mean he can't push/pull the rhythm, of course he can.
As I said in my OP I am a recent convert to the click. All good musicians can play with a click. I only have an issue with messing with the timing a musician has played. I can go as far as shortening notes and maybe nudging the one or two fluffed notes but I am uncomfortable with wholesale groove editing. I guess my main point is was this done in the past? And how prevalent is it in modern rock productions?