Ongoing History Daily: The first Canadian internet concert

First Canadian Internet Concert

Trivia time: Who was the first band to live stream a concert on the Internet? It appears to have been a group of musical nerds calling themselves Severe Tire Damage who set up on the patio of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre on June 24, 1993, and played for a tiny group of fellow nerds over something called the Internet Multicast Backbone. The gig was seen and heard as far away as Australia.

But can you name the first Canadian band to play live on the Internet? That was Moist when they played a show in Atlanta that was live-streamed on February 15, 1995. Other bands on the bill that night included Matthew Sweet, Blues Traveler, and Hootie and the Blowfish.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

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