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.