Cornell Students Using Physics To Predict Human Behavior, Save Lives At Rock Concerts

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I’ve got an excellent update to our ongoing experiments on concert rioting, live music fears and similar concert crisis related explorations.

According to Physics Central a group of students at Cornell University have begun to share their research about comparing concert rioting and mosh pits to the how molecules in gas behave with the plan of “using some techniques of physics to describe and maybe predict human behavior in times of crisis.”

This is really an amazing collection of research that has me thinking about a lot of other possibilities related to our previous experiments on riots, heavy metal shows and even our RIP and mourning explorations where lives were lost because of chaos as frantic crowd situations.

Here’s my favorite snippet from the article:

The project began when one student, Jesse Silverberg, took his girlfriend to a heavy metal concert. Not wanting to get involved in the mosh pit that formed in the audience–people get hurt–he stood aside and was fascinated by the motion of the crowd. The group’s movement resembled something he saw in physics classes, the disordered collisions of molecules in a gas.

Silverberg thought that might be an interesting study, and along with other students, created artificial mosh pits in a computer, using videos of rock concerts on YouTube as the template and converting the crowd into individual particles in the program using automated tracking techniques.

Bierbaum reported at the meeting that while the crowds seemed to be running around wildly, the researchers found two types of people in the patterns, subjects they called MASHERS (Mobile Active Simulated Humanoids). Some “flocked,” meaning they generally followed their neighbors. Animals flock the same way, Bierbaum said. So do fish schools. There is no bird or fish in charge. Those who stayed stationary, passive MASHERS, reacted normally when an active MASHER accidentally collided with them–they bounced–and then resumed standing still.

There’s also some very interesting and fascinating mosh pit data collected here that was used in the research along with this mosh pit simulator.

I also love it how Jessie’s desire to not want to be in the mosh pit led him to the discovery. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at mosh pits and wondered why those happen and what purpose they serve at concert beyond a physical release or just a dangerously chaotic response to how the music is making us feel during the show.

And I’m pumped to see something positive come out of moshing and know that Jessie and his fellow students have given us some great insight through the lens of physics that could really make a major impact on the lives of concert fans.

Lastly, this makes me wonder about what other parts of the concert experience can be better understood by looking at other areas of life or scientific disciplines to find solutions to problems?

If we can compare mosh pits to gas molecules to make concerts safer, what other examples and comparisons can we find to enhance, improve and better understand the concert experience?

Like I said, this is great stuff and we’ll certainly continue to follow this story and share more updates as we dive deeper into the data and uncover more awesomeness.

That’s it for now. Let us know what you think of this study in the comments below and stay tuned for more as we continue to explore this story and have the Cornell students share more about their research and favorite concert experiences on a future 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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How Did Hurricane Sandy Impact Live Music And The Fan Experience?

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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 Rollingstone.com 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.

 

Television

Amctv.com
AOL
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Clear Channel Outdoor
Cookingchannel.com
Crackle
epixHD.com
EW.com
Foxmoviechannel.com

Fuse.tv
Hulu
Ifc.com
iHeartRadio
InStyle.com
Livewellnetwork.com
MTV.com
My Space
Ovationtv.com

People.com
SiriusXM Radio
Sundancechannel.com
Time.com
Vevo
VH1.com
Wetv.com
Yahoo
YouTube

US TELEVISION CHANNELS

AMC
AXS TV
BIO
Bloomberg
CBS
Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Fit & Health
ENCORE
EPIX
FX Movie Channel
FEARnet
Fuse
G4

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

Palladia
PlumTV
SHOWTIME 2
Smithsonian Channel
Sundance Channel
THIRTEEN
VH1 Classic
WEtv
WLIW
WLNY
WPSG/The CW Philly
Wealth TV

 

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You Should Never Try To Unplug The Boss Or Sir Paul

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That’s right. You don’t turn the power off on the Boss until he’s done.

And apparently not even Sir Paul could sway authorities to keep the show going after concert organizers turned the switch off last week in England.

As the Huffington Post reports:

Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London’s Hyde Park, silencing their microphones at the tail end of the show.

Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hour Saturday night when he welcomed McCartney on stage and the pair sang the Beatles hits “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” But the microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowd, forcing them to leave the stage in silence.

But the Boss did have the last word when he poked fun at the concert promoters to start, and several times during, the show in Dublin as the BBC reports:

Taking to the stage in Dublin, the star flipped a switch on a huge prop power generator and said: “Before we were so rudely interrupted…”

He then launched into the last minute of Twist And Shout, the Beatles’ song cut short at his Hyde Park concert.

Springsteen also held up a sign which read “Only the Boss says when to pull the plug” while wheeling on a huge on/off switch before playing Dancing in the Dark.

Towards the end of the show, a man dressed as a London police officer came on stage and tried to arrest the musician.

You gotta love Springsteen’s sense of humor in all of this.

That said, writing this post and thinking of what other fans have experienced spiritually and emotionally during his shows reminds me that I still have to make it to a Springsteen show.

Hopefully the stars do align and I’ll get to see the Boss live and it’ll be as good as this hilarious Dublin show.

 

Have You Danced in The Dark?

Were you at the London or Dublin gig? Have you seen Springsteen live?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, 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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Reflecting On The Radiohead Stage Collapse

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Radiohead has been the focus of several Live Fix explorations over the years and it saddens us to share the tragic news of their stage collapsing in Toronto. Here’s a statement released by the band shortly after the incident.

As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.

Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:

June
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle

July
1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlhedie
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces

We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.

We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.

We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances – thanks for your understanding and support.

As Rolling Stone reports, the incidenet is still under investigation and many questions remain. And industry experts are still surprised at the collapses that have occured in the last year.

“It’s not a theater, it’s not an arena, so you’ve got to go to a company that builds outdoor stages. Hopefully you’ll check and make sure they’ve got the experience and references,” says John Scher, a veteran New York City promoter who also manages acts such as Art Garfunkel. “It’s the promoter’s responsibility to be able to hire somebody who can deliver the specifications that the production manager and the act ask for.”

Scher, like many fans and concert organizers, is dismayed by the number of stage collapses that have happened since last summer, from a non-fatal incident before a Cheap Trick show at the Ottawa Bluesfest to a horrifying Indiana State Fair tragedy in which seven people died. “I’m puzzled,” Scher says. “This never happens – or hasn’t. We went through 30 years of outdoor rock concerts and the only time you heard of some of this was in Podunk, Utah, when they didn’t use a professional company.”

Radiohead has since announced on their website dates for the rescheduled shows:

SEPTEMBER
Thursday 20th – Switzerland, Canton de Vaud – Quarry of St Triphon
Saturday 22nd – Italy, Roma – Hyppodrome Capanelle – Rock in Roma
Sunday 23rd – Italy, Florence – Parco Delle Cascine
Tuesday 25th – Italy, Bologna – Arena Parco Nord
Wednesday 26th – Italy, Codroipo (Udine) – Villa Manin
Saturday 29th – Germany, Berlin – Wuhlheide (this replaces the 6th July show)
Sunday 30th – Germany, Berlin – Wuhlheide (this replaces the 7th July show)

All original tickets are valid for the re-scheduled date.
However, if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled date please visit the tour date page and click on the relevant date for refund information.

 

The Profound Power of Live Music

As with all the other tragic stage collapses we’ve explored in the last year, we’ll continue to keep you updated this Radiohead story.

That said, here’s a few Live Fix experiments that have got me reflecting on the emotional impact of the Radiohead incident. Reading the press release it’s obviosus that this moment will profoundly influence the band and their fans during their live show for a long time.

And as you cruise through these explorations it’s obvious that live music plays a major role in helping us process and cope with traumatic events that happen at concerts or during other times of our lives.

Have You Witnessed A Tragic Concert Event?

Have you seen Radiohead live before? Will you be seeing them when their tour continues?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, 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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What Does Madonna’s Istanbul Nipple Flash Mean To Istanbul Fans?

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As we know, Madonna live always makes for a very interesting concert experiment especially when she does free Super Bowl shows to promote her latest album MDMA.

And now we have some more fleshy and controversial fodder to continue our exploration. (Note: the video above includes brief nudity just before the 3 minute mark, so it’s NSFW.)

As Idolator reports, the Material Girl had her own politically-charged and artistically premeditated wardrobe malfunction while on tour when she recently bared her breast during a concert in Istanbul.

I’m not all that shocked by the nipple-flashing because this kind of thing has always been a part of Madonna style and m.o. throughout her provocative career.

That said, Madonna has never been one to just do something without a purpose behind her actions.

There’s always a method to the Queen of Pop’s madness.

For example, according to reports from the Huffington Post:

So, by assertively flashing her nipple in Istanbul, Madonna was, in the cultural realm, doing something similar for the women of Turkey, perhaps helping to liberate them just a little bit. And what would she follow that up with? A few days later, last week in Rome, she flashed her butt to the crowd. I happened to be in Rome, and I got a chuckle when some in the Italian media actually took note that Madonna’s ass was facing the Vatican. Was she mooning the Pope?

and the Ironcross,

Islamic fundamentalism starts with the oppression of women at home. It starts with a so-called man who oppresses his closest companion, his wife, into a state of virtual slavery. The man decides what the wife will wear, who she will contact, and what she will do. The answers being a full covering of the hijab or burkha, she will have contact with no one, and she will not have a career. The next step comes with a morbid fear of female sexuality. See Mohammed Atta’s, the lead hijacker, last testament which rails against women far more forcibly than anything of a political bent. These people just can’t handle the fact that girls have a sex drive and devote their entire lives to trying to deny that fact. I do not buy into Sigmund Freud much but if he is correct it is in the world of Islam.

Which makes Madonna, a strange messenger to be sure, a perfect vessel to raise the proverbial middle finger to the oppression of women through a nipple in the face of islam. Perhaps she knows not what she does, nor may this be what I am reading into it, but I have to say the Material Girl has her moments.

From an artistic point of view it has great imagery as it shows Islam its greatest fear: a woman with a sex drive and who is proud of it. From a political standpoint: deliberate wardrobe malfunctions have been turned into political statements.

Was It Meant To Inspire, Provoke or Entertain?

I would say it little of bit of all of those. Which of course demostrates the brilliance of how Madonna goes about stirring the political and cultural pot for her worldwide following of fans.

But you still have to wonder…

If Madonna’s breast-barring was a political statement, was it intended to inspire liberation for the oppressed Islamic women in the crowd?

And if it was meant to inspire then does this kind of statement turn the female (and male) fans at the show into active participants or does it keep the audience stuck in neutral as passive entertainees, aka Looky-Loos?

And since Madonna is a woman performing such an action for a crowd of women, it brings back thoughts of how women experience live music in general and in other countries?

And does this type of action during a concert have any long-lasting impact on the lives of the female fans who witnessed it live?

Well, whether it’s Super Bowl shows or moments of political flesh-barring, Madonna sure is giving away a lot for free lately. Or was the nipple included in the cost of the ticket? And do Istanbul fans feel that they got what they paid for and so much more?

Were You At the Istanbul or Rome Show?

Have you seen Madonna live before? Post your thoughts and experiences below and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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The Bieber Tops Beatle With Free Mexico City Concert

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Our Bieber fever and Beatles explorations continue with this news about Justin Bieber’s recent free concert in Mexico City that drew 300,000 bielebers topping Paul McCarntecy’s show that drew 250,000 fans just a few weeks earlier.

Here’s how Bieber responded to and reflected on the experience according to MTV.com:

While his fans displayed their devotion for the singer by braving the crowd to see him perform, in a press conference earlier that day, Bieber admitted there’s only one guy he would camp out to see perform. “There is no one I admire so much to do something crazy, but if Michael Jackson were here,” he said, “I would do it for him. So, I do understand the emotion that the girls feel, and that makes me feel very honored.”

Before taking the stage, Bieber opened up about the performance in a video he shot backstage. “I can’t say how thankful I am … This show here in Mexico City, it’s going to be incredible. I just wanted to make this video and tell you guys you inspire me just as much as I inspire you. God has really blessed me,” he says amid the shouts of his fans in the background. He added, “I hope to have this journey for a long time.”

Interesting that Bieber would mention Jackson in that way during the interview. The MJ shoutout and the craziness of the Mexico City show reminds me these previous Live Fix experiments.

Check ’em out, post your thoughts below and we’ll share your experiences on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Look Out Jay-Z, The Flaming Lips Want To Break A World Record Too

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Well, my friends there seems to be a trend emerging.

Yes, now the Flaming Lips have joined the Guiness World Record festivites.

Here’s what’s happening according to Pitchfork as Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips attempt to break Jay-Z’s record of the most shows in a 24-hour period.

“Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. … Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. … I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. … But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. … I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. … But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. … To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning… Well… I’m open to new experiences…”

 

Remember the Parking Lot Experiment?

This is all very fun and it’s not surprising considering what Coyne attempted at SXSW in 1995 with the Parking Lot Experiment. The action starts at the stroke of midnight on June 27 at the MTV O Music awards. And here’s a video via Mashable where Coyne talks about the upcoming adventure.

We’ll be keeping a very close eye on this one as it all unfolds and if you’re going to be at any of the shows or would like to share your thoughts on a rockin’ Flaming Lips concert experience, post a comment below and we’ll feature it in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

 

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Van Halen Cover Band Wants To Finish The Tour

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Our  Van Halen concert experiment continues with some very interesting developments.

In the wake of the band’s recent announcement that they will be canceling their tour, according to TMZ, a Van Halen cover band Van Halen Army has stepped up and said they would like to finish what was started.

…if the real Van Halen is too “burnt out” and too old to finish their postponed tour dates … they are more than happy to take over.

Joe also says, “We could easily do it — our singer sounds exactly like David Lee Roth!”

That’s a pretty funny point of view. But nonetheless it’s got me wondering…

Is this what the fans want?

Would you go see a cover band because the real band couldn’t finish the tour?

Is it possible that the cover band would put on a better show?

Is there enough time and technology to create a hologram of the band just like Tupac?

The real Van Halen is above and the Army is below. Which would you choose to see on tour?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, 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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Jack White Attempts Strange Metaphoric Concert Record

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Well, this is a fun continuation of our ongoing White Stripes experiment. Of course it’s only Jack White attempting a new world record as he voyages out in the wake of his new album Blunderbuss.

Here’s the news according to a press release that I received and chuckled through as I read the details of this strange metaphoric concert quest.

Jack White has again decided to take on the tremendous challenge of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

During the rest of the performances on his current tour supporting his new album “Blunderbuss” (which incidentally is currently in the running for the world record of “the fastest named album in history” *pending), Jack White will every night on stage attempt to break the world record for most metaphors in a single concert.

The attempt may prove very exhausting and at times even dangerous, but the results could prove to be glorious and possibly even vainglorious. White and Third Man Records are certain that the extremely scientific and intricate analysis of the metaphors that occur will be examined in accordance with Guinness’ usually very thorough methods probably, or at the very least if somebody answers the phone at the pub.

Third Man Records encourages all attendees of said concerts to please not interfere or interject with any metaphors that they witness occur during the show as to not disqualify or worse yet, trivialize the metaphor in question. In addition all concert attendees are encouraged to entice as many metaphors to occur during the show that they possibly can as long as they don’t endanger themselves or Mr. White.

Sounds like fun, right?

Well, for the most part it will be entertaining to watch this unfold.

But I think if audience participation is not encourage White will be missing out on an intriguing opportunity for concert fan crowdsourcing. And if fans are just observers and not participants in this strange quest then we might have another unfortunate Looky-Loos situation on our hands.

Jack White vs. Guinness

The other twist to the story is that this isn’t the first time that Jack White has tried to make Guinness World Records history with his live show.

As Pitchfork reports, back in 2007 The White Stripes attempted to set a record for the shortest concert ever with a one-note show. The attempt was captured in the excellent film Great White Northern Lights and here’s what happened back then:

“Ultimately they turned us down,” White told Aldrin, calling the Guinness organizers “elitist” and their decision arbitrary.

“There’s nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what is a record and what isn’t. I mean, there is some stuff like Olympic records where they have a committee. But most of the records in there-who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever-are just whatever they want them to be. So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn’t think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record. I don’t know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book . . . Maybe this will help us get the word out.”

Well, it seems that it did.

Guinness World Records have now explained their decision to NME. The White Stripes were, apparently, recognized for their accomplishment in a 2009 edition of the book. But then Guinness received a barrage of applications from other bands attempting to outdo the White Stripes. The organization realized that “the nature of competing to make something the ‘shortest’ by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out,” they told NME. They decided to do away with a range of “shortest” categories, including shortest song, shortest poem, and shortest concert. Also adding to the decision, they told NME, was how different interpretations of what constitutes a “concert” made the category hard to work with.

All this said, White’s metaphoric quest seems more like a personal mission between him and Guinness, than a fun thing for him and fan’s to experience during the forth-coming tour. Either way, I’m sure it will be entertaining to see if White can pull it off and see if Guinness finally approves.

What do you think about White’s quest?

Were you at the one-note show? Would you want to help White with his metaphoric adventure? What would you do to make this a true artist and fan collaboration?

Rock on my friends and do share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Jack White’s Tour Dates:

05/18-20/12 – Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Music Fest

05/19/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +

05/21/12- NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/22/12 – NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater (all ages matinee show) +

05/26/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

05/27/12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre +

05/28/12 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall) +

05/30/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

05/31/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

06/21/12 – London, UK – O2 Academy Broxton +

06/22/12 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo +

06/23/12 – Hackney Marshes, London, UK – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend

06/25/12 – Amsterdam, NL – Heineken Music Hall

06/26/12 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

06/27/12 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk +

06/29/12 -Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter

07/01/12 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes

07/02/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/03/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/05/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks +

07/05-08/12 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

07/20-22/12 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival +

07/25/12 – Melbourne, Australia – Festival Hallm +

07/26/12 – Sydney, Australia – Hordern Pavillion +

07/27/12 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass Festival +

07/27-29/12 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival +

08/03-05/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

08/08/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

08/10-12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

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R. Kelly Leaves Fans Trapped In Disappointment After 75-Second Show

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This is no way to celebrate Mother’s Day. And I’m sure Tupac and Kanye wouldn’t do something like this.

As the Stool Pigeon reports, R. Kelly fans were deceived and extremely disappointed by the star’s 75 second concert during Mother’s Day weekend.

Basic admission for the event — billed as ‘An Intimate Night w/ R Kelly (Mothers Day Weekend)’ — was $30, but at the other end of the payscale on a graded ticketing system, VIP bottle service for eight people was offered to those willing to part with an eye-watering $950.

In return, fans were ‘treated’ to the sight of Kelly strolling about the stage in Austin, TX while chomping on a cigar at 12.43am, enjoying a brief spot of karaoke over the album version of his hit ‘Ignition’, and demanding that pretty ladies come join him in the VIP section, or else he would be “up out this bitch”.

Then, as Austin360 reports:

Kelly returned to the stage to explain that “he wasn’t contractually obligated to sing — so what he had done was a favor, of sorts — and that he was there to get drunk and if the crowd would chill out and let him do so he might come back out and do some more.”

Then, as FactMag.com reports:

At another point in the night, a promoter tried to reason with angry fans, claiming that Kelly had paid too many dues to be booed, and that at a similar event in Dallas, Kelly sung for half an hour because people showed him love.

Ticketing website Eventbrite, however, will be refunding tickets purchased for the event, because promoters for the show did not state that Kelly would be hosting rather than promoting.

 

Clearly R Kelly wasn’t trying to attempt the same world shortest concert like Jack White. And I’m surprised no fans tried to give R Kelly a hug when their emotional expectations weren’t met and their hopes were squashed.

In the end I feel sorry for R Kelly fans who continue to stick with him through things like this, court battles and a string of ho-hum albums.

Once again, this seems like another emotional reason for fans to rise up and start a complaints choir.

Do you ever feel like you’re trapped in a closet at a bad concert?

Were you at the R. Kelly show? Have you ever been to bait and switch concert?

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Say Hello To The Crazy Falling Concert Fan From Creamfields Festival

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As you know, live music makes concert fans do some crazy stuff. So say hello to the Crazy Falling Fan from the Creamfields Festival in Sydney, Australia.

According to reports, after the fan survived the fall he saluted the crowd with a triumphant thumps up. And, of course, the DJ who was playing tweeted the outrageous moment and kept right on rocking the crowd.

And then the fan was treated at a local hospital. Then shortly after he tried to get back into the Creamfields Music Festival but was apparently denied access.

Again. Wow. Just wow.

Like last years 2011 Best Concert Fan Moments, this dude will certainly be on our list for 2012 in December. And maybe he should go on tour with the Dancing Guy?

What’s the Craziest Fan You’ve Seen?

Were you there at Creamfields? Have you witnessed other crazy fan moments during your favorite shows?

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RIP Whitney Houston: What Concert Fans Remembered And Loved The Most

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After I heard the sad news that Whitney Houston had died I thought about a couple things.

First, I wondered how we would respond to it as a community of live music fans.

Would it be like how we responded to Michael Jackson’s death? Or Amy Winehouse? Or other artists who’ve died?

How would we all mourn and express our grief  in response to the death of Houston, one of the best and most emotionally moving performers in pop music history?

To begin to answer those questions I went to Twitter because that has become one of the most popular places where live music fans go to express their grief and loss when an artist dies.

Below are some of the millions of tweets that our fellow concert fans tweeted in the wake of tragic news.

As you’ll see, Houston had a profound and extremely memorable impact on millions of fans early and late in her career.

And what I found most interesting was how many of these fans shared that their first, and most memorable concert, was seeing Houston perform live.  And I especially enjoyed how one fan connected Michael Jackson to Houston in the afterlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “Moment of Truth” Brings Back Memories

The second thing, that I thought about was how much my Dad loved Whitney Houston.

As I mentioned in my tribute to him when he died in 2010, Houston one of the three artists that my dad played all the time.

And one of my best memories was hearing my Dad talk about seeing Whitney Houston live in during her Moment of Truth Tour in 1987.

Anytime I would ask him about that night, his eyes lit up when he talked about how the show began with the words “Dance” booming from the speakers and blasts of confetti shooting out into the crowd as Houston came on stage to a roaring crowd at Poplar Creek Theater in Hoffman Estates.

After I thought about that memory and I read all those tweets, I wanted to find that 1987 Whitney album so I flipped through our record collection to see if I could find the vinyl album that my Dad got at the concert.

But, unfortunately I couldn’t find it. Hopefully I can find it because holding and listening to that album is one of those things, like tweeting a concert memory or watching a YouTube clip, that helps comfort and guide you through the mourning process.

At the very least, I chuckled at and found comfort in the thought that my Dad might be enjoying a Houston concert that was way better than the one he experienced on Planet Earth in 1987.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has gone through the process of what I like to call situational or memory-based grieving, which is, as I’ve explained to other people, is the process of being reminding about the loss of friends or family member after another person dies.

In times like these I’m reminded how the grieving process isn’t a one-time thing. And music, live music in this case, plays a major part in conjuring up our emotions that we’ve buried down deep.

Grieving can last a lifetime and you can go through many stages depending of the type of loss and where you were in life when the loss occurred.

In situations like these it amazes me how much the live music experience can help us identify and work through our grief, both individually and as a worldwide community.

And I’m sure this process will continue as more stories about impact of her career on our lives and details about her tragic death are reported in the media.

Hudson To Pay Tribute At Grammys

With this news coming on the eve of the Grammys, Reuters reported that Jennifer Hudson will lead fans in paying tribute with a performance dedicated to Houston on Sunday night.

The awards’ executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the L.A. Times that Jennifer Hudson would perform a “respectful” musical tribute to Houston during the CBS awards telecast on Sunday.

Ehrlich told the Times: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”

 

What Have You Felt?

What are your favorite memories of seeing her perform live? Let us what you think and share your experiences 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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Is Van Halen Nervous About Their Renunion Tour?

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Yes, even rock stars get nervous. And as Van Halen gets ready to rock once again, one band member got vulnerable with fans during a smaller, more intimate show at a historic venue.

As Pollstar reports, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth and the band took the stage at the Cafe Wha? in New York and Roth told the crowd, as he recounted that Bob Dylan had played on the same stage, that “I’m more nervous about this gig than I would ever be at [Madison Square] Garden.”

Why Intimacy Rocks

It’s kinda cool to hear an artist like Roth say something like that. It’s also interesting to think about what happens to the mood and feeling of a show when an artist is vulnerable and honest about the fears and emotions they’re experience at that moment because it really does make the performance more intimate.

And it just goes to show that the size of the venue, how close the band is to the fans, and what legends played before on the stage are all important factors to how and what an artist feels during a show.

It’s Why We’re Addicted

And regardless of how experienced they are, the emotions are still there and very real. And when the artist does get vulnerable the fan is almost always the one who benefits the most because that emotional exchange is what we hope to experience at every concert. It’s why we’re addicted to live music.

But will this sort of small venue intimacy be achievable on Van Halen’s 2012 area reunion tour? And after watching the video above, I REALLY hope, for the fan’s sake, that the live show will be better than “Tattoo,” the first song off the new album.

Who knows, maybe the flood of nostalgia and memories that will be flowing through fans minds and hearts during the show will make up for any rock the band’s lost over the last 28 years.

What’s Your Van Halen Story?

Are you excited about this Van Halen tour? Got a cool live show story? Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook 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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