Tupac Shakur's holographic performance at Coachella in April didn't just give fans a thrill. It also gave the music industry an idea. In the days after the festival, word of artists wanting to work with projections--Dr. Dre is keen on touring with Jimi Hendrix, for one--emerged. The fervor is understandable: While U.S.
Music sales may be slowing, but the concert business is thriving. That may not be the case for long, though, with its dinosaur-aged touring acts, high prices, and lack of zeal in promoting fresh blood. Here's how the live-music industry can thrive and attract new and larger audiences.
Drop that iPhone! An Apple patent application is stirring controversy because it suggests future iPhones may automatically prevent filming or photography of films in the theater and of stage performances. Is a Phish concert still a Phish concert if no one's there to record it?
Would you tell a friend if you found a $50 Lady Gaga concert ticket for $25? Ok, so GrouponLive is likely to involve far less popular artists, but Groupon and Live Nation are betting you'll still spread the word among friends--and help drum up attendance.
Spinning disco balls make way for flying aerialists as Cher leaves her Las Vegas show at Caesars Palace this month and passes the torch to Celine Dion, who's coming back for round two. Here's a look at how the two hit makers stack up.
Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is on the case of paper tickets. The firm has been trialling smart-chip wristbands in an attempt to cut down on ticket fraud, and it is expected that the promoter will roll out the scheme at British festivals this summer.
Remember that Beastie Boys Tibetan Freedom Concert you went to at Randall's Island in June, 1997? Neither do we, but there are plenty of people out there who do, and they have the stories, photos, and possibly a T-shirt to prove it. Web startup SuperGlued, which just launched in beta, is trying to bring those people together into a collective space where they can share photos, videos, stories, and bragging rights about the concerts they've been to.