is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.
In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.
2 thoughts on “Going to Concerts, Then and Now”
Personally, what I'd like to see happen at large-venue shows and festivals where the performance is displayed on large screens is for the band to say, "Put away your phones and cameras for this next song and just enjoy the moment. We'll post a (professional-shot video of) it on Youtube tomorrow."
Doug, that's a great point.
The only problem is that pro video (especially if you want good quality, not "hack set up a single camera with no audio feed and then walked away for 2 hours" quality) is a bit expensive.
The best solution to this problem would be to add a charge to the tickets to cover the cost of the recording. Maybe as a bonus the fans could get download links?