Like we did last week, it’s time once again to dream about concerts in 3D.
But in this exploration, we’re going to dive a little deeper and wonder about “remastered” Blu-ray concert DVDs, and do some virtual time traveling as we dream about the ultimate 3D concert wish list.
Editorial Note: part of this article first published as Dreaming In 3D: A Virtual Classic Concerts Wish List on Blogcritics.
Since we’ve already begun to dream in 3D let’s just imagine for a moment…
What if you could virtually re-create and voyage back to your most memorable concerts, or voyage back in time to historic live concerts like Woodstock, The Moondog Coronation Ball, The Grateful Dead’s first and last show, The Rolling Stones at Altamont, or the very first Hip Hop block parties in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
What if you did have a virtual 3D live music time machine at your finger tips, or you could slip on a pair of 3D goggles and immerse yourself in a virtual concert adventure?
Choose Your Own Concert Adventure (In 3D)
For starters, giving fans the chance to buy a fully enhanced and interactive 3D Blu-ray DVD of a previous concert could revolutionize the meaning of “remastered.”
Just think of it…
What if you really could re-experience your favorite concerts, or historic concerts you always wanted to be at, as a completely interactive choose Choose Your Own 3D Concert Adventure right in your home on a 3D TV?
And what if this 3D TV Blu-ray remastered version had tons of interactive features like a virtual and interactive narration by bands, fans or venues owners who were there at that historic concert.
What If You Could Unlock and Discover Exclusive Content?
Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel through that virtual concert and have the ability to not only experience the music in HD, but also unlock previously unknown facts about that performance or venue as told to you by people who were actually there?
And what if that type of experience was also an interactive game that rewarded you with free tickets or music downloads?
For example, what if when you successfully unlocked, say a few historical or bio facts about the band or the venue where the show took place, you also unlocked a secret code that you could use to buy exclusive concert tickets, download the band’s new live album or get some type of unique content from their live show that you couldn’t get or experience at the venue.
Or what if you could rack up a certain amount of concert fan gaming points to win other prizes like backstage passes, band merch, or other content? Sort of like what Scion did earlier this year with their Unlock the tC Roadtrip contest.
Or even better what if it was connected to your favorite concert mobile app like Layar?
These types of embedded and interactive features have long since been a reality for CDs or other downloadable music, so why not make it a part of the 3D TV Blu-ray concert experience too?
I know I would rather buy that kind of “remastered” and fully interactive 3D Blu-ray DVD version of my favorite concert or a specific historical concert like Woodstock or Altamont, than the regular concert DVD that only has the standard experience and a few special features.
What’s On Your “Remastered” 3D Blu-ray List?
Okay, now that we’ve started to dream a bit, it’s time to think about what concerts or live music moments would be the best to voyage back to via a 3D TV and “remastered” Blu-ray DVD experience.
The following list is by no means complete. And remember, we’re dreaming here.
So there are no rules or boundaries.
And if we could make our 3D TV Blu-ray concert DVD dreams a reality, these concerts and live music moments would be at the top of my list:
Woodstock: The Movie
This is a no-brainer. What concert fan wouldn’t want to re-live the classic Woodstock movie in 3D? The Woodstock music experience alone would be awesome to virtually re-explore, and I wonder what it would be like to re-imagine other Woodstock elements and artifacts too.
Like the Monterrey Pop Festival before it, Woodstock created the template for the modern music festival experience, and I’m sure a 3D TV experience would take concert fans into the next communal and interactive frontier.
Moondog Coronation Ball
As one of the first officially documented Rock ‘N Roll concerts, the Moondog Coronation Ball is one of those events that has always intrigued me.
The pioneering and payola-plagued rock DJ Alan Freed was at the helm of the crazy event.
And though the concert quickly turned into a disaster because it was oversold, it would still be fun to go back to re-explore and learn from all the rockin’ mayhem in 3D.
Grateful Dead: First shows and Last Show at Solider Field
I’ll admit that I’ve come to better appreciate the communal vibe of the jam-band concert atmosphere. And I’ve often wished that I could experience the very first Grateful Dead shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and the very last one at Solider Field in Chicago 1995.
My wife Colleen was there and she said it was one of her favorite concerts ever. And to go back to those concerts virtually would be fantastic to dive into virtually, because it might create another chapter for thousands of VW bus stories.
And what about those controversial and revolutionary acid test shows? Would a 3D virtual experience complete the psychedelic dreams of Timothy Leary?
The First Hip Hop Block Parties
I would like to voyage back to the first days when Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash were spinning records in the Bronx neighborhoods. Hip hop is such a part of the musical mainstream today. And it would both fun and poignant to allow fans, both young and old, to traverse back to those first days via 3D TV virtual experience. And what about a 3D version of Style Wars or Wild Style ?
Neil Diamond’s 1972 Hot August Night Tour
This one’s a bit personal. And I bet you have a few concerts that you could go back and experience because a family member was changed at the concert that you couldn’t be at.
That said, I wish I could go back and experience my dad’s favorite concert which I’m told was seeing Neil Diamond during the Hot August Night tour circa 1972. As I shared with you earlier this year, My dad died in August, and it would be something special to get just a glimpse, even if it was a virtual simulation, into what my dad felt during the show and why that show change his life.
If you could pick a personal concert like this to re-live in 3D what would it be?
Don’t Look Back & Monterrey Pop Festival
D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 concert documentary Don’t Look Back superbly captured Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK tour. And a year later in 1968, Pennebaker again revolutionized the rock doc with his Monterey Pop Festival concert film. So what if we could re-experience Pennebaker’s ground-breaking cinema verite through the lens of our retrospective 3D goggles?
What Would It Be Like…?
Like I mentioned, these are just a few of my top picks.
And the more I think about it, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to jump in the 3D virtual live music time machine to experience other classic and favorite concerts in 3D like: Joy Division’s first shows, Kayne West’s Lollapalooza 2008 performance, The Rolling Stones at Altamont as seen in Gimme Shelter , punk rockers Black Flag, house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles at the Music Box and Warehouse in Chicago, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same and The Who: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 (Special Edition).
What Is 3D TV?
Yes, this post didn’t get into the technical side of 3D TV and how the technology is developing. But we will on future posts so stay tuned. But in the meantime, like I mentioned before, right now we’re just dreaming about the possibilities.
If you’re like me, you’re probably new to 3D TV and just learning about all this virtual 3D TV Blu-ray stuff, so here’s a few 3D 101 tools via Amazon that I’ve been checking out lately as I learn more about the technology and it’s possibilities.
You can also check out the How Stuff Works explanation of 3D TV.
Now It’s Your Turn To Dream…
What concerts are on your 3D wish lists? What concerts do you hope they don’t make into 3D Blu-ray?
Thanks to Swell3D for photo. Though Hannah Montana didn’t make our wish list, it was still an excellent 3D pic.