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

    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 […]

RIP Cory Smoot: GWAR Tours On For Sake Of Fan Emotions

    We’re always learning new things about concert fan emotions and how live music plays a major role in helping us cope with loss, grief and trauma. That said, it again saddens me to share news about another artist who has died this year. GWAR guitarist guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) was found […]

Another Concert Fan Has Fallen At Roskilde Festival 2011

As Pollstar reports, “Police spokesman Carsten Andersen said the woman, aged between 25 and 30, died after falling from a 30-meter (98-foot) tower in the festival’s camping area. Pollstar also points out that, “…Roskilde Festival is Denmark’s largest rock festival and some 75,000 people had bought tickets for this year’s event..” and that “the accident […]

Was Gang Starr’s GURU Forced To Tour?

Bizarre, sad, and strange are not words I would use to describe the music of iconic hip hop group Gang Starr who revolutionized the genre in the mid-to-late nineties with albums like Daily Operation and No More Mr. Nice Guy. But, unfortunately, those three words do describe the story surrounding the death of the group’s […]

RIP Jay Reatard: A Special Note For Live Music Fans

I have some sad news to share with you. As Pitchfork reports, garage-punk rocker Jay Reatard died in his sleep early Wednesday morning due to unknown causes. Whenever a musician dies I always feel weird writing about or calling attention to it.  I’m reluctant to blog about it because it makes other deaths seems less important or significant in some way.