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Old 01-02-2009, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Live Shows dying out?

Y'know, I've been noticing that the internet has made it really easy for bands to broadcast a show online. There's a number of free websites where you can broadcast your show to the internet, thereby reaching far more people than playing at the local bar. I saw a show online the other day that had like 500 people watching it, and the dude was sitting in his living room!

So... does this mean that live concerts are gonna die out? It's such a hassle to get out and see a show, and it's really easy to sit in front of your computer with your cheesy poofs and watch the concert for free. Album sales are nearly extinct, the economy's horrible... live shows are expensive and time-consuming, but broadcasting online is cheap and easy.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Um no.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes it costs a lot if youre going to see U2 live at Wembly Arena, but im pretty sure they wouldnt stream the show live, too much money to be made from fans.

Which brings me on to the main point, most bands that stream are small, obscure bands who arent going to make much money from the show itself. My mates band do it more for exposure than anything else. People are always going to go to shows. The social and musical aspects of a gig far outweigh a packet of cheese puffs
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Going to a live show is totally different than sseeing a podcast of a band performing. As someone who has done both I can honestly say that the "connection" is different.

In fact, if anything, I think because downloads are readily available that live shows will see larger attendance. Why spend money on a CD when you can spend it actually supporting the band?
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, why see a band in person, where the amps are really loud, the people around you are inebriated and too often the show is just plain bad? Why suffer when you can sit back and watch your ass grow - for FREE?

Live shows are not dying out, and if they are, it's not the economy -- it's due to lazy twerps that think they can get the same experience from the comfort of their ass-groove.
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It's more fun to actually be there then just watching it from your computer. I usually don't go to expensive concerts anyway.
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I stopped going to Ticketmaster-endorsed gigs. Not because I have anything against them. It's just too goddamn expensive to pay all those fees. I still try to go to about two or three shows a month.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Anyone who says live shows are dying out hasn't been to very many live shows.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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as long as diy basement shows are happening, there will always be people who attend.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Internet shows will never replace live shows. If you can't make the show for whatever reason then I guess yeah it's cool, but NOTHING compares to seeing a band you love live.
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