On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of the social curation and list-making platform Listly and chatting with it’s co-founder Nick Kellet about why Listly is an essential community building tool for concert fans, and a great way to share and remember your favorite live music memories.
And of course, we asked Nick to share a list of his most memorable concert experiences which include seeing Kid Creole and The Coconuts, Melissa Etheridge, John Cooper Clark, Blue Oyster Cult, and a funny story of how he ended up as a bouncer for an Anne Lennox show. Rock on and thanks for listening!
Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmedia, Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.
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!
Michelle Fiore was enjoying an evening out with her 11-year-old daughter after Lollapalooza when a man confronted them, demanded the girl’s souvenir beach ball and punched the child as he tried to grab it, police and the woman say.
“It’s ridiculous,’’ Fiore said in an interview. “We were attacked for a beach ball.’’
Yep, you read that right. The girl was punched for a beach ball.
And according to the Tirbune, the attacking was done by Conrad Slimak, 19, who ” was taken into custody at 66 E. Jackson Blvd. and charged with misdemeanor battery and assault, police said. Slimak, of the 1200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, also was cited with being intoxicated while underage.”
First, I wondered what the hell was Conrad and his partner in crime thinking? Why do such a thing just to get a beach ball? Sure, there was alcohol involved, but I wonder…are we witnessing a devolution of the concert fan species? Are concert fans stooping to new levels of nastiness? Did Conrad have such a bad Lollapalooza experience that he needed to take it out on poor Michelle?
And what about Michelle? I know moments like these can really traumatize a person. And besides getting punched in the stomach, the incident happened right after the show so it was a terrible thing to have happen after such an amazing experience like Lolla.
I sure hope that this wasn’t Michelle’s first concert experience because that would be a shame to have such a terrible moment associated with what was probably a great live music experience for her.
This story also got me thinking about a few of our previous live music experiments that focused on several of the topics that are swirling underneath the surface of this tragically ridiculous beach ball event.
Check ’em out and let us know what you think and we’ll include your thoughts and feedback as we continue our exploration on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.
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:
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle
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:
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.
Yes, Grouplove has passed the live music test. And I have to give a special thanks to my cousin Matt for winning our Metro/Bears/Packers bet and wisely selecting to see Grouplove as his first concert at Metro.
Ever since Matt picked the show I’d been digging Grouplove’s tunes on their debut release Never Trust a Happy Song, a unique and clever mix of upbeat indie-pop, rock, folk and groovy songwriting with some Beach Boys Pet Sounds melodies and rhythms tossed in.
And in the days leading up to the show my curiosity grew and a whole bunch of questions started bouncing around in my head.
I wondered how they would transfer the energy of the songs to the stage.
I wondered how the fans would embrace the band live at this very early stage in their career.
Would the band’s chemistry be developed enough to captivate and amaze?
And fans did spread the love and feel-good vibes on many levels.
And with the sold out Metro just about ready to burst, the quintet charged through their set with reckless abandon.
During the show I saw many fans like the ones above hugging and lovin’ on each other in many creative ways.
Some were arm-locked, while other fans were locking other body parts during the whimsical surging anthem “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” the summertime gem “Naked Kids” and especially the encore crowd-pleaser “Colours.”
Experiencing all of this for over an hour made it hard to believe that Grouplove had been together for barely a year.
And the band wasn’t shy about their lack of live show inexperience either. They declared graciously several times that this was their largest headline crowd to date.
It was a most joyous and beautiful blur.
And to top it all off I had the honor and pleasure to share the show with my cousin Matt who, I found out before the show, had not only never been to a Metro show, but had never been to a rock concert ever. Double bonus!
This was truly a scared moment, my friends.
And as I mentioned before we’re going to explore and share more as we talk with Matt about his first concert experience on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.
Until then, we’d love to hear what you thought of the Grouplove show, so go ahead and post your comments and thoughts below and we’ll include your experiences in the episode.
In case you’re wondering I took these shots with my Droid X2 and originally shared them via Instagram as part of our ongoing mobile experimenting. Follow me on Instagram by searching for “livefixchris.” I’d love to see what kinda of concert magic your capturing with your smartphone too.
What are your most memorable live concert experiences? How do you use video, photos and social media to capture and share your greatest live show moments?
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.
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.
Who knows? But either way we’ll certainly share all the details on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.
Until then, check out the video of Grouplove’s single “Colours,” and this live set from their recent visit on Letterman, both of which have got me thinking about what their live show will be like as a sold out crowd gathers to celebrate Matt’s first Metro gig.
Besides being highly entertaining, I love this video because it takes us deeper into our Looky-Loo and other emotional experiments to explore one of our favorite live concert behavioral topics.
Kudos to Brandi for sharing her story and getting us to think more about how we do, or don’t, respond physically to the music during a show.
But after watching the video I started to wonder…
What type of behavior is more beneficial and rewarding for us: physically rocking out and drenching ourselves in sweat, like Brandi suggests? Or can we experience the same amount of pleasure by not getting physical and simply enjoying a more internal and cerebral rush?
I think it’s a mix of both. But if that’s the case, we must ask ourselves more questions because we might be selling ourselves short during our favorite shows.
Could We Be Selling Ourselves Short?
If we are selling ourselves short, should we push ourselves to rock out more externally if we tend to opt for the more internal pleasure route?
After talking with the Dancing Guy about his experience, it’s possibly that those fans who let loose and dance/mosh/crowdsurf at shows tend to have more fun than those who just stand around with their arms folded.
I know that having balance in general is good for us as a species, so I wonder about the negative effects if we do too much of either.
And if we’re unbalanced and rock out to much internally or externally, are we missing out on something? Are we keeping ourselves from having an amazing concert experience?
Brandi also got me thinking about our recent Bon Iver fan moment, where one fan was so moved that he wanted to inspire other fans to rock out but those Chicago fans didn’t want to rock out, they wanted to sit back, relax and chill out.
That said, one of my favorite parts of her video is at the 2:00 mark where Brandi shares her thoughts on watching a girl at a show who was holding back her desire to rock out for fear of being rejected by her friends. Should we add the “fear of being rejected at a concert” to our list?
How About You?
Have you ever given into the peer pressure when on the inside you wanted to let your inner fan rock out and not care what other people thought? What made you hold back? And if you overcame the pressure, how’d you do it?
Speaking of peer pressure, why do we care so much about what people think at show? We paid money and if we’re not annoying people or hurting anyone, then we shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks, right?
But we all know that doesn’t happen. Because peer pressure is strong and rarely do we rise above our society’s pressure or our own inhibitions at concert without the help of drugs or alcohol.
Overall, the video is great fodder to explore and I’d love to know what you think of it and the other points Brandi makes.
I’ll be thinking about this stuff during my next concert and I invite you to post your comments below and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.
Thanks again to Brandi for post the video and we welcome you to the Live Fix community!
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.
Whitney Houston a brilliant talent – saw her in concert years ago. – She was terrific. May she RIP.
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.
The exploration in to the community of groove and dance culture continued at Lincoln Hall Saturday night.
In the wake of this sold out show, it’s obvious that Chicago DJ trio Midnight Conspiracy is aiming to innovate the live dance music experience as they stimulate the senses by blurring the lines between house, dubstep and performance art.
This show wasn’t just another excuse to party with the hometown fans. But it was a night to experiment with our emotions, senses and feelings.
Surprised By Revelations
Midnight Conspiracy was in experimental mode as they tested out their new Eye Live Laser Lightshow, a 16-ft LED custom DJ booth in the shape of their Eye Of Providence logo.
And it was an experiment that proved to reveal more about dance culture than I expected.
The Eye was certainly a visual spectaule to behold as it stood high above the crowd blinking in sync with the venue-vibrating electro-rhtyms of rock and bass and casting out beams of light that splashed psychedelic and ravish patterns on the walls and fans faces.
The show began with an ominous voice warning of the manipulation of our minds by the powers that be. But fans didn’t seem to be to interested in being warned about cultural mind control. And once the beat dropped it was obvious that we all just wanted to rock and shake our booties to oblivion.
From there the DJs catapulted us in to a visual and sonic feast filled with eye and ear candy so sweet and delicious that fans pushed their bodies up against the speakers and rubbed their backs and hips against each other making it hard to figure out where one fan ended and the other began.
Speaking of fans, before the show got rolling, I had a most interesting conversation with one fan outside as we waited in line braving the frigid single-digit temps and icy wind that howled down Lincoln Ave.
A Crazy Flood Story
“Did you know that [Lincoln Hall] flooded the last time Midnight Conspiracy played here?” He told me with a wild smile and big wide eyes of awesome anticipation. “The foundation split open and water started pouring out and we all had to leave. It was crazy! And I’m super excited about seeing them again tonight.”
I was amazed to hear the fan’s story. And after a quick Google search afterwards to see if it was true I didn’t find any other account of the story. That said, I don’t know if that fan’s story was true, but nonetheless I’m sure the awesomeness that fan experience during that show was setting the stage for another unforgettable Midnight Conspiracy show tonight. Kinda like these fans.
I received this video below from the band that documents the flooding. Thanks guys. And if you have any other stories or info about this night please send it along.
How Has Clubland Culture Changed?
As the music pulsated all around me and I got lost in the groove, I thought back to our previous experiment of club culture and wondered what Frank Owen would have thought of this show from a fan perspective.
And considering our exploration in Ecstasy use and dance music culture, I wondered what sort of impact drugs and other substances were having on these fans and the band. Would the show have been as “amazing and memorable” without this particular show compared to others throughout house music history.
And since this show was all about “The Eye,” I gazed deep in to the center of the massive structure wondering about the dynamic flow between the band and the fans.
Did You See What Eye Saw?
I say this because what was interesting about The Eye was that it presented a profound perspective on two different vantage points.
From one point the band was looking out at the crowd through The Eye, and from the other the fans were looking back at the band through The Eye.
Yes, the more I thought about The Eye the more I realized that it was a physical representation of the sensual and emotional connection between the fans and the band.
This is fascinating to think about because at most concerts you don’t always have a tangible and physical reminder of the communal connection that makes the show thrive and groove.
And as I think about the concerts I’ve gone to and how this communal connection is celebrated, it’s usually the dance music concerts that have a powerful, almost tribal symbol like the EYE , onstage that fans can focus their attention on during the show.
Sure, some bands have a screen playing in the background or pyrotechnics, but are those show spectacles the same as a massive structure like The EYE, or like one of my favorite symbols, the Daft Punk robot pyramid that was at Lollapalooza 2007?
And I’m sure the promise of this type of strong tribal and communal connection is what made the Midnight Conspiracy show sought after by fans, a show that many fans were willing to wait outside for over an hour in the freezing cold.
And I believe it’s not just the opportunity to escape, but it’s mostly life-changing communal experience that has made live dance music so popular in the mainstream in recent years.
I believe at our core we, as humans, desire to be connected to each other. And live music, whether it’s in a dance club like this, or a rock show, is one of our favorite ways to connect to each other. But is rock music truly delivering the same communal and life-changing experience?
Are Our Live Show Expectations Changing?
I’ll wrap this post up by asking you this.
Is dance music more popular than rock music today because live dance music is giving fans a more satisfying and communal experience than a live rock show?
Are fans coming to shows will different communal expectations than they have in the past?
Which artists do you think are delivering the best communal experience for fans?
The Eye will be tested out again at Metro on February 17th. And the “official” debut of the Eye Live Laser Lightshow will be on March 2nd at the Congress Theater with Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, and AarabMuzik. Until then, you can check out tunes on the Midnight Conspiracy Soundcloud and Facebook page.
Were you there?
We talked to a lot of fans during the show and we’d love to hear what you thought of The Eye. Go ahead and let us know what you experienced and how you think clubland culture and live dance music is being evolved today.
Those are just a few of the things that concerts can make us do. And when I read this TMZ DMX story, initially, like most of us, I thought the worst too.
But then I thought… what if the fan was simply so overjoyed to see DMX back on stage that he just wanted to give DMX a big “welcome back” hug and not a harmful headlock?
Of course, there’s always several complex perspectives to this kind of fan behavior. And as of today, we really don’t know much about this DMX fan or why he jumped up on stage.
So why do we automatically assume he had malicious intentions?
We just never know until we actually talk with the fan to get his side of the story.
This DMX situation also makes me wonder if it was a crafty pre-meditated publicity plot to generate some DMX concert buzz.
I say that because the fan just easily popped up on stage, did his attempted headlock/hug and then security grabbed him and DMX went right on with the show as if he knew it was coming.
Anything is possible and the psychological subplots to the live music experience are so fascinating to uncover, which is why we love exploring and experimenting with this stuff.
How ‘Bout You?
Were you at this DMX show? What’s the funniest, weirdest, craziest fan behavior you’ve seen? What do you think of concert fan behavior?
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 your stories in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.
Yes, my fellow concert fans, it was another amazingly complex, transitional and evolutionary year of live music.
During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we explore the top shows, our favorite concert fan moments of 2011 and trends we expect to develop in 2012. Catch up on what you missed and listen to all 2011 episodes here and rock on!
What were you favorite shows of 2011? Got a question about a topic we talked about during the show? Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast 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.
Thank you to all the fans for sharing your concert stories with us and we look forward to another rockin’ year in 2012!
Send in Your Stories
What was your favorite Live Fix fan interview of 2011? Did we miss a story? What type of concert stories would you like to us to explore in 2012? Post your feedback below, or call our concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341 and we’ll include your stories in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.