Why Do Fans Love the Rock and Awe Of Surprise Shows?

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The surprise show is one of the greatest things that can happen to a concert fan. And one of the reasons I love surprise concerts is because they catch fans completely off guard.

And whether the surprise concert lasts for only one song or goes on for an entire set, fans always get lifted off their feet. So let’s see how Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffet, Radiohead and Dr. Dre and Timbaland set their fans floating home on cloud nine.

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Live Fix Weekly Wrap-Up: A Lot Can Happen In Six Days (or Six Years)

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Summer’s just around the corner and I can’t believe how fast this week went by. Speaking of how fast time goes by, Colleen and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary yesterday.

And while we waited for dinner to come to our table we talked about all the great live music experiences we’ve had since we’ve been married. And though it endearingly captures a slice of the romantic dinner we had at Le Colonial in Chicago, this picture I took also reminds me why Colleen is the one taking the pictures and I’m the one writing the words when we cover concerts.

In addition to celebrating our wedding anniversary, I’d also like to celebrate a great week on Live Fix with this weekly wrap up, including live music news about Live Nation Q1 Losses and Immigration Laws, Mother’s Day and Sasquatch Festival Dancing Guy interviews, sensual eye experiments and news about upcoming baseball park concerts featuring Eminem and Jay-Z.

You’ll also want to check out the recent updates to our Live Fix summer music festival iPhone apps guide and the Foursquare fan and venue call-out experiment.
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Eminem and Jay-Z Not Afraid To Rock Yankee Stadium, Comerica Park

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Ever since I posted about the Little Things and baseball, I’ve noticed just how connected live music is to the best game in the whole world. And since it’s that time of year, there’s a seasonal buzz going around about blending the two, with the most recent being a double concert this fall between Jay-Z and Eminem.
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Will Jay-Z, Live Nation Answer the Call on 9/11?

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Sometimes there are press conferences I wish I was at, so I could ask my own questions.

Like this one at Madison Square Garden during which Billboard reports Jay-Z announcing his plans for his “Answer The Call” charity concert set to take place at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on Sept. 11, with all tickets priced at $50, and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and concert merchandise going to Answer the Call, a New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

During the press conference Billboard also reports Jay-Z saying this about his inspiration for the concert:

“This all came about September 10, 2001. I was in Los Angeles shooting a video. The album was to come out the next day. On that day, I got a phone call and a friend of mine said, ‘turn the TV on.’ I turned the TV on and I saw the World Trade Center on fire,” Jay-Z said today before a room full of media at MSG.

“I turned the TV on September 12 and I saw footage of these heroic actions, people running to buildings and saving each other and I saw the strength of New York,” Jay-Z continued. “It made me proud. So, as I was embarking on putting out ‘Blueprint 3,’ it was only right that we revisit that day. This is my chance to do something to help out.”

 

Now, let me first say that Jay-Z is one of my favorite rappers and I’m excited to soak up the rest of his new album The Blue Print 3.  I also applaud him for his involvement in this concert event. Donating the all the proceeds from ticket sales and concert merchandise to the Answer The Call Fund is a commendable action of charity.

But there’s a follow up question I’d like to ask regarding Jay-Z’s recent 360 deal with Live Nation. 

I did some quick math on what the estimated donation might be.  At a flat $50 per ticket price and the MSG’s estimated 20,000 seating capacity, the ticket sales donation comes out to around $1 mil, plus merchandise sales. Now that’s a very healthy donation.

But here’s what I’d like to know.

Since the bulk of concert sales are usually made on concessions and Live Nation is known for tacking on service fees too, I’d like to know if the donations will also include concession sales and service fees.  If it does, my admiration and respect for Jay-Z would only increase. And I would start to think more highly of Live Nation because if they do donate concession sales and service fees then that tells me that they’re trying to do the right thing when it comes to using their immense amount of industry muscle for good, and not just trying to profit from the magical power of the live music experience in the name of a good cause.

If you have any additional facts or information that would help answer my question, please pass it along. And by all means, do join me in watching the concert on Fuse on Sept 11th.  It should be  fun and an emotional event.

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