Concert Infographic: 50 Years Of Touring By The Rolling Stones


Continuing our infographic exploration, here’s a cool collection of infographics via  Fast Company Design inspired by 50 Years of Touring by the Rolling Stones. This is the design from the 1994 tour, click here to see the entire collection.

Have you seen The Rolling Stones live? Drop us a comment below and let us know how this infographic brings back memories and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.




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Beyonce’s Big Game Gig Originality Issues and Real Concert Crowdsourcing


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Okay, after yesterday’s press conference we now know that Beyonce can belt out the National Anthem acapella, which if you’re wondering, is one of the hardest songs to sing.

Hey, at least Beyonce didn’t try to lipsync over Whitney Houston‘s legendary verson of the National Anthem during the inauguration, or do something like Christina Aguilera did.



Will Beyonce’s Halftime Show Be Truly Original?

But as we get ready for her halftime show, I’m wondering about our previous exploration that questioned Beyonce’s live show originality.

In that originality exploration we took a deeper look at similarities between an artist being inspired or being a copycat.

It’s a controversial and provocative topic that influences almost all of our live music experiences and challenges us to really think about our favorite concert moments and why (and how) those moments move us, even when the artist isn’t being that original.

And I couldn’t help but think about Beyonce’s Billboard Awards story in the wake of the lip-syncing fiasco. Maybe this story will resurface after Sunday?

Maybe Beyonce will “borrow” from past shows to inspire Sunday’s show performance and set design? We’ll have to wait and see.

And as I watch our son Calvin develop, I’ve also thought about how Beyonce’s performance will be inspired by her daughter Blue Ivy?

What will be going through Blue Ivy’s mind and heart as she watches her mom entertain millions of people for 12 minutes?

Will Beyonce be teaching her daughter to rock out like this?

Is Pepsi Really Crowdsourcing the Super Bowl?

The other thing I was thinking about was the crowdsourcing element to this year’s half time show as Pepsi invites fans to submit photos to be included in the introduction of the Beyonce performance.

Of course, it’s not going to be anything close to our interactive Google Plus idea we suggested last year, but at least what Pepsi is doing is semi-social and sort-of interactive.

And according to ClickZ, the fans who win the Pepsi contest will get a chance to soak in the show on one of live music’s biggest stages:

The grand prize includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and $500 cash. Grand prize winners and their guests must participate in the Super Bowl halftime show practice in order to be present on the field during the halftime show. The prize does not include tickets to the Super Bowl XLVII game and Pepsi says winners will not have access to view the live game.

In order to promote the campaign, @Pepsi, which has 1.1 million followers, is tweeting with the hashtag #PepsiHalftime. Pepsi is also using promoted tweets and pulling in tweets with #PepsiHalftime and #LiveforNow on


 What Is Real Concert Crowdsourcing?

But, again, is what Pepsi is doing really crowdsourcing? And does this really benefit the fans or the evolve the live music experience? What is real concert crowdsourcing? How can crowdsourcing be used to tell amazing, diverse and unique fan stories like these?

We won’t answer those questions now, but in the meantime you can check out these great examples of concert crowdsourcing and tell me if you think Pepsi should have done something like this.

We hope you enjoy the Big Game and the halftime festivites and we look forward to sharing our experiences on the next episode of Live Fix Radio!

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Live Music Links Roundup – 3D Imaging, Pearl Jam, Adele, Annoying Concert Fan Behaviors



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There’s been a lot of cool stuff going on in the live music world lately, and here’s a collection of links that have inspired future explorations and episodes of Live Fix Radio. Enjoy and rock on my friends!




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Robots That Rock: The Creative Possibilities of Compressorhead




Now, this post is probably one of the most mechanically interesting and robotically entertaining posts I’ve shared with you in quite awhile, and it’s also got me thinking about a few things.


The band is called Compressorhead and to be honest their live performance is a bit robotic.

But that’s a good thing because these dudes are creative bunch. Well, at least the guys who created the band are creative.




Watching this video reminds of going to showbiz pizza as a kid and watching the animatronic bears move and sing as I scarfed down pizza and soda.  But thinking of this sort of thing in a live music context really fascinates me, and it takes things to a whole new mental, physical and emotional level.

And, according to this link, Compressorhead has made a recent live appearance at the Big Day Out festival too. And they have a fan club called the meatbags.

I also wonder if this is what Daft Punk had in mind when they wrote the “Robot Rock.”  Wouldn’t it be cool to see Compressorhead and Daft Punk do a show together.

Speaking of creative shows, what about putting Compressorhead with Tupac to evolve our sci-fi gangsta rap exploration, or maybe invite Japanese artist Hatsume Miku to do vocals and add a bit of pulsing electro-pop to the mix?

And considering our exploration of heavy metal in the Middle East I wonder how Compressorhead would be welcomed in that part of the world? And could these guys cause a riot like Metallica?

And what if we did an experiment to compare the emotional response to a Compressorhead show versus a live human band? What would we discover? Would the emotional response be different? If so, how?

The possibilities and creative wonderings are endless, really.

Check out the video above and more videos here, and let me know if you would go see Compressorhead live and if you would like to see more of these types of bands. If you’ve seen them live, drop a comment and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

This is just the beginning of our Compressorhead exploration and stay tuned for more!


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Celebrating Community Manager Appreciation Day with #CMAD Hangout




As we continue our exploration of social media, community management and Google Plus Hangouts, here’s some great news about a fun live event happening Monday January 28.

I’ll be teaming up with my fellow community managers and joining the festivities to celebrate Community Manager Appreciation Day.

It should be a fun day as My Community Manager hosts a 12-hour Google Plus hangout full of great topics and discussions that focus on the elements of community management.

I’ll be participating in the 1-2p CST slot with my friends from the Community RoundTable as we talk about how community management is driving social business and I’ll be answering questions about my experiences leading employee communities at Walgreens. You can watch here on Google+. And you can tweet along on Twitter using the #CMAD and #cmgrhangout hashtags.

And here’s a cool preview video about the event.



See you on Monday and be sure to give a big hug and shout out to all the community managers you know!

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Watch Ra Ra Riot Debut New “Beta Love” Tunes Live On YouTube


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In case you missed it, last night Ra Ra Riot performed live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and the festivities where livestreamed on YouTube. The show celebrated the release of the band’s new album “Beta Love” and kicks of their upcoming tour.



Now you can watch the performance for a limited time here or via the player above.

While I was watching the show I was definately enjoying the synthy swaying of the new tunes and thinking about these previous Live Fix Ra Ra Riot explorations. The in-between song chatter of lead singer Wes Miles was funny and entertaining, and gave fans a peek inside his heart and mind as he shared how he was feeling as the concert unfurled.

And since the show featured a new lineup I was also thinking of how the band chemistry, dynamics and artist emotions were unfolding and evolving onstage for this first show.

I hope you enjoy the show too and let us know what you think of it in the comments below, and we’ll share your experience on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

1. Too Too Too Fast
2. Shadowcasting
3. Binary Mind
4. Oh, La
5. Beta Love
6. Angel Please
7. Too Dramatic
8. St. Peter’s Day Festival
9. Is It Too Much
10. Dance With Me
11. Can You Tell
12. When I Dream
13. For Once
14. Two Hearts Beat As One
15. Run My Mouth
16. Ghost Under Rocks
17. Boy

18. Dying Is Fine
19. I Shut Off

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My Fitbit Experiment Part 1: What I’ve Learned So Far


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It’s time to take another detour from our usual Live Music Experiments and explore the exciting world of self-tracking.

Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting with Fitbit and the emerging trends of Quantified Self.

Like our other curious detours into community management, social business and road running, I’ve started to discover some pretty cool stuff with this Fitbit exploration. And I’m inspired by several exciting connections I’m made between self-tracking, the live concert experience, mood awareness, human emotions and my creativity.

So let’s dive in and see what I’ve learned so far.

Is It Worth It?

For starters, what I’ve learned is that setting out to walk the recommended daily 10,000 steps is hard. Almost as hard and challenging as touring.

But, without a doubt the journey has all been worth it and rewarding in several ways.

I started my experiment on September 1st when I bought the Fitbit Ultra ($100) and since then I’ve walked a total of 784,221 steps (roughly 361 miles) and climbed 2,270 floors.

I mentioned earlier that setting out to walk 10,000 steps a day is hard. And to be honest, I’ve only been able to hit the 10k mark for three days in a row.

Most of time, without any significant change in behavior, I’ve averaged between 3,000-7,000 daily steps, with my biggest days of activity (over 10,000 steps) being on Saturday and Sunday.

What I love about using Fitbit to track my steps and other activity is that both the Ultra device itself and the online dashboard analytics make it easy to measure your progress every step of the way. (Note: the Ultra, featured above, was discontinued right after I bought it in September and replaced by the One. I haven’t purchased the One so all this info is from using the Ultra and I’ll explore the device differences on a future post).


Okay, now that I’ve shared some baseline stats and backstory, I’ll take you through four areas that my Fitbit experiment has impacted my life thus far and what future possibilities I’m most excited about .

1. Positive Impact On Mood, Creativity, Stress and Spirituality

When I was in those string of 3 days and walking 10,000 steps a day I did notice that I experienced a positive impact on my creativity and clearity about work projects I was working on.

And like I do during my road roads, I used my walking time to think through mental roadblocks. The reason I love the road runs is that I love the feeling of rush of endorphines from “runner’s high.”

But, unfortunately, I’m not able to run everyday nor is it actually physically beneficial to do so. So what I’ve begun to learn is that I can have the pretty much the same physiological and mental benefits during my long or short walks.

I’ve also found that having a daily goal of 10K steps has helped my spiritual health too. I’ll be honest and say that taking care of myself spiritually isn’t always as important to me as it should be.

But again, during this Fitbit experiment I’ve found that setting out to use Fitbit to track my steps and hit daily goals has really help support and motivate me to maintain a regular practice of mediation and reflection.

For example, when I go on my walks to get my 10,000 steps, I’m also setting out to have quiet time to mediate which usually involves prayer, reflection and visualization of daily and long-term goals.

My usual times to do these types of walks have for the most part been early in the morning or at night before bed. I enjoy those times the best because it’s a great way to start the day and wind the day down.

And these walks almost always put me in a better mood because:

1) The basic physiological benefits of walking calms me

2) When I’m relaxed I can sort through problems better and find resolution

3) I’ve achieved a measurable goal of 10K daily steps and I feel great about doing so (and I just unlocked a cool badge)

Again, I haven’t been perfect at walking 10,000 steps everyday and it’s a been a challenge ever since Calvin joined us.

I’m also going to try to change my daily routine with an afternoon or mid-day walk when possible just because that has proven to help give me a welcomed break during the day.

But, again, this is a big behavioral change and my job doesn’t always allow me to do so. But I’ll see how creative I can get.

One thing’s for sure, having a simple and measurable goal of “I gotta get my 10,000 steps today” has been a extremely helpful little nudge I need to get me out the door and walking, especially when I don’t want to do it.

And these next sections have also been powerful motivators too.

2. Building Relationships & Community

The next thing that I have noticed during my experiment is the strong connection that walking has to building relationships with other people. This has happened in a few ways for me.

For example, Fitbit offers forums to connect with others who are looking share their experiences and tips to keep walking and they offer leaderboards so those competitive folks can be motivated to walk knowing that they’ve got more steps than their friends.

To be honest, depending on the day each of these things and the other areas below have motivated me on those tough days.

And going forward I want to try to develop the community aspect more and join up with groups of my fellow fitbitters for a fun walk and chat about life as we cruise down the road.

When I started my experiment I was curious to see if my social network friends would get annoyed with my step updates. Yes, I’m sure some of them have but I don’t have any real data to confirm the true level of annoyance or not.

But what I can confirm is that one of my friends bought a Fitbit and started her own challenge because of my Facebook updates.  In future posts, I’ll report on how this social influence and motivational element has developed.


3. Earning Activity Points For Products

The next part of the process that I’ve enjoyed and found valuable has been the points and product rewards I’ve received by linking my Fitbit account to sites like Earndit, Health Month, Endomondo, EveryMove, Walk with Walgreens and the Walgreens Balance Rewards Loyalty program. (Disclaimer note: I work for Walgreens and these comments are my own and not those of my employeer.)

So what exactly have I earned through my Fitbit activity?

Well, for example, over the last two months my Fitbit activity has translated in to hundreds of Earndit and Balance Rewards points that I have used to purchase products that I would actually use like Redbox rentals, fitness gear and home products like the now vitally important baby formula, wipes and diapers.

As self-tracking continues to become more popular in the mainstream and the technology advances, I expect more companies to offer customers the option to link their step and activity data with their rewards or loyalty program.

Besides product rewards, studies have shown that being more active helps to reduce health care costs, and with the issue of affordable health care being a hot topic for our country, I think encouraging and rewarding people to be more active by using a Fitbit or other type of step tracker will continue to be an important discussion and a growing ask of health conscience and data-empowered consumers in 2013.

And to be honest, my experience with Fitbit has been much better than using the usual pedometer because the Fitbit data wirelessly updates making the behavior change easier and the dashboard analytics and mobile app gives me the opportunity to gather more valuable health data than just the average pedometer.

But rewarding myself with discounts and a healthier lifestyle haven’t been the only motivation to change my behavior.


4. How My Fitbit Activity Helped Hurricane Sandy Victims

During the last three months what I’ve found most rewarding and promising about the future of self-tracking with Fitbit is the ability to transfer my Fitbit activity into points that I can use to support other people in need, such as Hurricane Sandy victims.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, here in the Midwest I was struggling to find a way to help out and just a few days after the storm hit, I received an email from Earndit telling me that they I could redeem all my points and they would translate them into donated dollars to the American Red Cross.

I immediately redeemed my points and had an epiphany!

After that moment, I then realized that my physical activity could not only benefit my own health, but it could be used to help others in need.

And even better, especially on days when I didn’t feel like hitting my goal, I was challenged by the truth that my inactivity could keep others from getting the help and financial assistance they needed.

This is such a profound discovery to make in my Fitbit experiment and it’s been one of the most compelling reasons why I’ve told other people to use Fitbit.

In my research of other similar activity trackers like the Nike Fuel band, I don’t see a lot of users or companies highlighting this as a benefit of self-tracking. And that’s a shame, because it’s a great selling point and could be used to help drive the needed behavior change.

That said, I didn’t see a lot of other companies and organizations partnering with Fitbit and Earndit to do stuff like this, but I hope more companies get onboard in 2013 and that Earndit adds more organizations to their giving tab, because what could be better than rewarding a behavior that helps people stay or get healthy and empowers people to use their healthy lifestyle to help others.

What’s My Goal for 2013?

There are many other things I’ll be exploring and sharing here on Live Fix in 2013, such as:

  • Tracking and learning from the Fitbit activity and baby/daddy exercises I’ve created while raising Calvin
  • Emerging self-tracking trends
  • Using the Fitbit mobile app to make tracking easier and more rewarding
  • Testing the impact of gamification and sharing my activity in my social networks
  • Using Fitbit to discover connections between my daily activities and my sleep habits
  • Using Fitbit to enhance, measure and make our experiences at live music festivals and concert venues more valuable and meaningful.

To wrap up this post, I wanted to let you know that all these positive experiences and results I’ve had thus far with Fitbit have led me to create a goal for 2013.

Yes, my friends, I’m setting out to see if I can walk 10,000 steps a day in 2013 and chronicle my challenge here on Live Fix and on Live Fix Radio. Feel free to ask me how I’m doing and hold me accountable. I know I’m gonna need the welcomed nudge along the way and I’d love to hear about your experiences and challenges too.

As always, it’s been a great year and I’ve had tons of fun sharing  all our other Concert Experiments with you.

How About You?

Are you using Fitbit? What have you learned? What types of live music Fitbit experiments should we do?


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Live Fix Radio: 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Show and The Impact of Benefit Concerts


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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re exploring stories from the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert, looking back at other historical benefit shows and their psychological impact, and sharing tips on how you can host your own concert to support a worthy cause. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

  • Rebecca Black’s first concert experience
  • A brief history of concert protest and push-back in St. Petersburg
  • Madonna tells her fans to stop smoking during a sound check?

Segment two (21:00): Highlights from the 12-12-12 show, history of and tips on benefit concerts

Segment three (53:42): Cold Play “Live 2012” and Green Day’s “Quatro” movie

Tunes and fan media featured during the show
  • Paul McCartney & Nirvana – “Cut Me Some Slack”
  • Concert for Bangladesh – Live at MSG
  • Alicia Keys – “Brand New Kind of Me” – Live at 12-12-12 Sandy Relief  Concert

Other cool stuff we shared and talked about:


Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.


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Happy Holidays: A Listly List of Awesome Concert Movies For You




We all know that Santa keeps a list of who’s been naughty and nice. But what if he kept a list of favorite concert movies?  What would be on that list?

The last time I sat on Santa’s lap I didn’t get a chance to ask him about his concert movie list,  but if I was to guess, I’m pretty sure these would be on the list.

All silly Santa wondering considered, we know how much you all love lists too, so we thought we’d pass along our own specially and lovingly curated Live Fix Listly list this holiday season for you to enjoy. And I’m sure jolly St. Nick would approve.

In no particular order, below is a whole bunch of classic concert movies, films and fan-made live music ficks and rockumentaries. While you’re scoping out the list go ahead and listen to this Live Fix Radio episode that’s packed with reviews and stories about these awesome movies.

Rock on and have a great holiday season!

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How Did Hurricane Sandy Impact Live Music And The Fan Experience?


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I started to wonder what the impact would be on the live music industry and the fan experience. Who would be hit the hardest? The fans? Bands? Venue owners?

As I thought about how live music has helped fans and band process grief and loss, I also started to wonder How would live music be used to help people recover physically and emotionally?

What live music experiences would bands and fans have as they navigate the emotional aftermath of Sandy?

Would live music play the role it did in the wake of 9/11, or other tragic events?

Of course, the answers to those questions will take time to answer, and as I looked for answers to those questions I wanted to share a few stories that have begun to shed light on those issues.

Stories About Sandy Impact, Benefit Concert History

First up is this Billboard story that explains a few insurance scenarios:

Most venues don’t carry insurance for loss of revenue due to a weather cancelation, Bassman says, though policies differ widely. “Some venues may carry ‘loss of utilities’ coverage, however there are so many different kinds of insurance coverage, it just depends on what they carry,” he says.

Force majeure, or “act of God,” clauses in contracts cover stakeholders on both sides of the talent buyer-entertainer equation. “Depending on how it’s worded, something like this would typically invoke the force majeure clause, and the [promoter] would not have to pay the guarantee to the artist,” says Bassman. “But [the promoter] would still be out all kinds of money for marketing and promotion, not to mention lose out on the profit potential for that show.”

Big companies like Live Nation, AEG Live, and Bowery Presents — the three most active in the New York metropolitan area — are well-insulated from serious weather events, Bassman says. “It’s the one-time promoter that’s going to get crushed.”

Next is this Huffington Post story about the unfortunate scalping situation that has occured leading up to the upcoming 12-12-12 Madison Square Garden Sandy Benefit concert this week.

“Every dollar spent for these concert tickets should go to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy – not to line the pocket of unscrupulous scalpers,” Senator Schumer said in an statement. “Ticket resale websites have the opportunity to make it much more difficult for scalpers to make money of this charitable event, and they should seize it.”

Currently, tickets are listed on StubHub for as much as $27,175. With the highest face-value price of a ticket reaching $2,500, scalpers are in a position to make an enormous profit. While StubHub is donating its service fees and commissions to the Robin Hood Foundation, it isn’t regulating the reselling of tickets. NYT reports that StubHub’s spokesman, Glenn Lehrman, said about the company’s decision, “This is going to take place regardless of whether we enable it or somebody else does, and at least by us enabling it, we can give a good portion to charity.”

Ticketmaster’s resale sites, however, are not allowing tickets for 12-12-12 to be sold.

“We proactively blocked all posts for 12-12-12 as is our policy for charitable events,” a representative for TicketsNow and TicketExchange said in an email.

Then I came across this article that puts the questionable history of benefit concert in perspective and explains how the industry has learned from the past and hopes to make the 12-12-12 concert all about helping tell the story of those who are still in need:

In addition to raising money, organizers hope the concert will educate the country about the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. “People don’t realize there’s a very long tail of impact from this hurricane,” says Sykes. “There was the initial damage, but now you have homeless people in New York that are headed into a winter with below-freezing temperatures. These people have nowhere to go. You have homes lost, families torn apart, and these people have nowhere to go.”

The big benefit concerts of the 1970s were notorious for wasteful spending, but that won’t be the case this time around, organizers insist. “The concert business has learned from the mistakes of the past,” says Sykes. “When you have a group like the Robin Hood [Foundation] in New York City, where the entire overhead of the organization is paid for by the board members, that means 100 percent of the funds raised on that concert will go to the people that need it.”


12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

To wrap up the post, here’s info about the 12-12-12 Benefit concert taking place this Wendesday at 7:30pmEST including below a list of places online and TV where you can watch from the comfort of your home.

From Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen, there’s going to be a lot of stars performing and to get you ready for the show, here’s a list of previous Live Fix explorations that’ll take you deeper into how their live shows have moved us and other concert fans have used live music and the concert community to cope with loss and recover.

Share Your Sandy Stories

As always our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by Sandy. We want to continue to explore this and we’d love to hear about your stories too. Tell us how Sandy has impacted your live music experiences and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.


Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Clear Channel Outdoor
My Space
SiriusXM Radio


Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Fit & Health
FX Movie Channel

Hallmark Movie Channel
HBO Latino
ION Television
Lifetime Real Women
Live Well Network
Military History
MSG Plus

Smithsonian Channel
Sundance Channel
VH1 Classic
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Rockin’ The Movember Mustache For Men’s Mental Health


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This month I’m proud and inspired to help change the face of men’s health and join the Movember men’s health movement because, as I’ve shared before, my dad struggled with mental illness for much of his life and it could have been prevented or at least treated with more awareness earlier in his life, and I have several men in my family, like Uncle Johnny, who have struggled with or sadly lost the fight with cancer.

As you can see, my stache is of the blonde variety so it’s coming in a little light. But I’m sure it’ll finish full and strong by the end of the month.

That said, I’m happy and honored to sprout a mustache to raise awareness for the health of men and concert fans everywhere!

Supporting Men’s Mental Health with Live Music Stories

Over the years, we’ve featured many stories that explore and bring awareness to men’s mental health, especially how we proces grief, trauma and loss. So here’s a collection of those stories so we can pay tribute to these men and remember those who’ve passed on, learn from their experiences and hopefully think more about how live music can and has had a positive impact on the mental health of men everywhere in the universe.


Why I’m Digging

Speaking of inspring stories and creative tools to get us thinking more about men’s mental health, I thought you might want to soak up some knowledge and sobering stats on men’s mental health and check out the site that’s featured on the Movember list of partner sites and awareness tools.




One of my favorite parts of the site is the One-on-One therapy DIY Guide. It’s full of practical tips, and knowing how therapeutic live music is, I’m sort of surprised that “going to a concert” isn’t on the guide. Maybe they’ll add it for next year.

How You Can Help: Donate To The Movember Movement

To wrap this post up I wanted to let you know that part of Movember involves raising support. So if you’d like to support the cause, you can visit my Movember page and donate here. Thanks for taking the time and please drop comment so we can share your Movember concert stories on a future episode of Live Fix Radio. And stay tuned for more Movember updates as I include my son Calvin into the mustache mix too.

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Photo Essay: Umphrey’s McGee Live in Louisville and Crocheted Mustaches

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Got some more excellent concert fan storytelling for ya via our friend Ben Slayter. This installment also continues our Umphrey’s Mcghee exploration.

Ben originally shared this photo essay on Bands That Jam as he tells the story of what happened during a recent trip to see Umphrey’s McGee in Louisville and it gives me great pleasure to spread the love here on Live Fix.

I love sharing these types of fan stories because they so beautifully capture the essense of concert fan culture in all its glory.

Ben’s photo essay also inspires me because it celebrates the part of the concert experience that we all remember long after the show: the relationships we start and deepen with our fellow fans.

And the way Ben’s captured here is so right on because it shows a group of fans living in the moment and taking the live concert experience to a new level and doing it in full creative fashion and with inspiring personal expression, just like this and this.

Here’s the snippet of that story to get you started…

Sometimes, when your friends call and say “want to go to Umphrey’s in Louisville?” you just have to say yes. I usually get three or four UM shows a year, but this has been a busy one, and I hadn’t been to church since 11/25/2011 (With Beats Antique opener – YUM.)

I’d missed Detroit (had a paid gig) and Summercamp this year, then was tied up with Electric Forest and missed the Michigan show. I couldn’t wait, and the six-hour drive south was filled with familiar sounds of past shows, interspersed with the tidings of JamOn.

As we’re heading into the city, I get a text from an old friend, “Are you in Louisville?” to which I responded “2 HRS.” “YES!!!!” was the reply. How she knew? Guessed. That’s the universe, playing with ya. “Want to meet up at my friends at for some pre-party?”

So as they say when you’re on tour, the only people you meet are friends you didn’t know you had yet, and this group was UMazing in many ways. As we drove through the beautiful hills and homes of downtown Louisville, we pulled up to a house with peeps already sipping brews as the sun set, casting beautiful rays of gold across smiling faces. We all got nice for a bit, and jumped in with our designated drivers (Thanks Sarah!) and headed out to the Iroquois Amphitheater across town.

The city of Louisville went all out on the park surrounding the amphitheater; no parking fees, plenty of awesome people around, and it was just getting dark. We played by the car for a bit, and started walking in, and the first thing I see is a girl in a mustache–a crocheted mustache. “Where does one find such fine mustaches?” I asked, jokingly. “I crochet them and sell them. What color would you like?” she asked, pulling out a bag of multi-colored hand-made wares. “How much?” I asked, hoping it was a couple of bucks. “$15,” she responded, although possibly a bit unsure. “Hmmm. Could you tell me a bit about the environment in which they’re made? $15 is a lot for a mustache, and I think if I knew a bit more about it, I’d feel good about the purchase.” She smiled, “I sit on my couch listening to Umphrey’s McGee with my cat, and we sing while we knit.” One mustache: Sold.

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Now, go check out the rest on and enjoy all of Ben’s great fan and band shots!

Thanks for sharing Ben.

If you have a Umphrey’s McGee story to share, post it below and we’ll feature it on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Bruce Springsteen And His “Sunny Day” Sing-a-long Tour With Tweens



Our Bruce Springsteen exploration continues as we take you through a series of concert videos showing how The Boss is connecting with a new generation of fans one tween at a time.

I first heard about Springsteen bringing a tween on stage to sing “Waiting on Sunny Day” during his show at Wrigely Field in September. Then I took a stroll through the interwebs and discovered Chicago wasn’t the only city that Springsteen was pulling young fans from the front row to help lead the crowd in a moving Sunny Day sing-a-long.

Here’s a collection of videos from around the world this year and some of the back stories that surfaced after concerts in Chicago and Toronto.

First up is the 10-year-old fan Brianna who joined Bruce on stage at Wrigley Field in Chicago (video above). shared the story and then shortly after Brianna’s mom Mary posted a comment.  I wonder what it was like for both Brianna and Mary to experience such a moment. Maybe it was similiar to Rich’s story or these mom’s stories?

Halle in Toronto

Next up is Halle from the Toronto show. Now this story was interesting because of all the kids in these videos Halle’s performance sounded the most polished and surprisingly beyond her years. And it wasn’t a fluke because, as Kat Langdon, explains on her blog, Halle has already begun to develop her live performance chops.

Let’s back up a bit. Halle has been a vocal student of mine for just under a year. She’s a smart, modest 10-year old girl with a strong voice and a kind heart. We met during the production of Joseph in November, she was a member of the youth ensemble.


Neveah in LA

Then in LA it was Neveah and her grandparents who had this to say in the comments on the YouTube video.

Our darling little grandaughter Nevaeh at her first Bruce concert. After the song Bruce came back over and asked how old she was and after hearing she was 4 he stated “youngest member of the E Street Band ever.”



From Philly to Paris and Beyond

Here are the rest of the vidoes from the other cities.  If your the parent of any of these kids, we invite you to tells us more about your story and drop a comment below and we’ll share it on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

The other reason I am excited to share these videos is because it’s got me thinking about a few other things.

1) For the tweens that were girls, how will that moment impact the psychological and emotional development knowing how women experience live music.

2) For the moms who were there to witness the concert in person with their kids, how this moment rank in their favorite concert experiences? Will it be like the live music memories of these moms?

3) What will become of the kids? Will they turned out to be just as amazing and rockin’ as these kids performers?

4) And now that Colleen and I are proud parents of Calvin, I wonder what it will be like to take our son Calvin to his first concert.  What will unfold during his first live music experience? And how will that moment change his  and our lives forever?




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A New Concert Fan Is Born: What Will Baby Calvin Experience?




I’m beyond excited to share the news that this week we welcomed a new concert fan in to the world!

While many of you were rocking out at your favorite shows on Tuesday night our first child Calvin Christopher made his grand entrance onto the world’s stage.

Over the last nine months I’ve thought a lot about how this little amazing dude would change our lives forever. And even before that, as you can see below, my curiousity has taken me down some very interesting paths as I wondered about how live music influences, impacts and inspires the growth of babies and children, and how parents and families evolve through the process too.

Here are some of the thoughts that have been running through my mind. It’s a mix of posts and Live Fix Radio episodes that feature chats about the relationship between babies, kids, families and live music.

We’ll be sharing more about our concert experiences with Calvin, and until then, go ahead and dive into these explorations and post your responses to the questions in the comments below.

What About These Thoughts?

  • What show should be Calvin’s first?
  • How will the shows, like this one and this one, that we went to while Calvin was still cooking in the oven influence his love for live music?
  • How do parents who are concert fans introduce live music to their kids?
  • What was the first show that you experienced with your kids?
  • What type of live music experiences did you have while you were pregnant?

Check out these explorations:



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