Now that SR is out, yes you do get link.
Having to swap songs and swap to do dps is what I'd call active, challenging play. Not pressing one button. In fact that makes alt-tabbing and dual clienting a lot easier now. You just alt-tab and press the button, and then have them autofollow you everywhere since they're not stuck doing their AoE.
If they want performers to be more active they can give them more things to do while in a song, stuff like Reverb, Poem and Metallic. And buff them. If you have actually played an active performer then you'd know that there is actually plenty you can do even with the current system.
For example, they buffed Musical Strike/Sling Arrow, which was made as the only way to do physical damage while in a song. But now that they removed the song system altogether, why in the crap would you then ever want to use those skills instead of just attacking or use Arrow Vulcan or idk, Severe Rainstorm? They're not buffing them, they made it obsolete.
This change fixes nothing and improves nothing. Wanderers are still useless. Good job Gravy.