Concert News Round-up: Live Music Stories To Blow Your Mind


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Yes, it’s again to see what’s been happening in the wide world of concert news! A whole bunch of cool, sad and strange things have been going down these last couple weeks, so here’s another special extended Live Fix concert news round-up for your reading pleasure.

Lady Gaga Fan Dies and Revives At Show; One Fan Kills Cat for Concert Costume

This is one of the craziest concert stories I’ve heard in a long time. It’s almost unbelievable. But it’s true. Because, as CNN reports, a Lady Gaga fan died and then was revived at show in Nashville. And to top it off, the fan said after she in a stat that “I am so mad I missed the concert.” We’re glad she’s alright.

Then there’s the ever stranger report of another Gaga fan killing a cat to create a concert costume. I have nothing else to say about this.

Without a doubt, and like last year’s list, we’re going to add these fans to our quickly growing list of fan behaviors and strange sightings of 2011.

Argentine Court Convicts Bands After Fire Kills Fans
Speaking of concert fans behaving badly, the Washington Post reports, that Argentine appeals court convicted Callejora rock band in night club fire that killed 194, and started when a fan fired a flare in the ceiling during the show.

Bon Jovi Tour Rolls on as Sambora Heads To Rehab

Billboard recently reported that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora would not continue with the band’s current North America and Europe tour because he will be entering rehab for a drinking problem.

As we’ve shared with you before, Bon Jovi fans have enjoyed several virtual ground breaking concert experiences on YouTube and we hope Sambora recovers quickly. Speaking of rehab and sobriety, this Bon Jovi news reminds me of recent exploration or Eminem’s recent recovery from drugs, and our time at SXSW 2011 where a panel of artists spoke about how sobriety has allowed their bands to a new found intimacy and creativity with their live performance.

Interview with Concert Ad Legend Bill Young

Ever wondered about the creative process behind concert ads? I have. And I learned a lot after listening to this great interview by Micheal Brandvold as he talks with Bill Young, a man “who’s had a huge impact on the concert industry.”

Dylan Plays China (Finally)
As Reuters reports, Bob Dylan finally played China after the government approved his setlist. And the fans who know his song mostly via Karaoke loved seeing him live in concert for the first time.

Electric Daisy Festival Goes To Las Vegas
Continuing our exploration into rave culture and the use of Ecstasy killing concert fans, the Associated Press reports the Electric Daisy Festival has moved to Las Vegas. The report also mentions the release of the review by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they examined the drug-related hospitalizations and death from last years New Year’s Eve rave.

Lollapalooza 2011 Line-up Announced
Yes, it’s official. Lollapalooza is just a few months away. But will it be improved? We hope so. And Greg Kot reports on the full lineup and the details on the musical offerings for this year’s festival.

That’s it for now and thanks for following along. We invite you to catch up on other Concert News and let us know what was your favorite news story this week.

Did we overlook something? Don’t hold back, and by all means, please enlighten us and share your thoughts in the comments!

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