Live concert streams

Having all the live Rick Springfield concert streams available these past few days – both the Atlantic City show on his official Facebook page and others on fan pages – really helps with concert withdrawals.

Although I didn’t actually watch the videos live because I was out on a day trip with my family and watched them later that night, the whole concept still amazes me. To be able to sit at home and watch a live concert as it’s happening still blows my 13-year-old fangirl self’s mind. It makes it really clear how our lives have changed in the past few decades.

The live streams often offer a better view than you’d get if you had seats further back at the actual concert, which is fun, and you get to see little details that happen, such as a string breaking during “Jessie’s Girl” and RS improvising to get through the song. Seeing him perform live really emphasizes what an amazing performer he is.

On the live streams, you can also comment throughout and it’s fun to see where some people are watching it from – last night I saw comments from Singapore and Sydney among the posts.

The only downside watching from home is there’s no chance of getting any “Human Touch” or making eye contact or running into him after the show.

The idea of watching concerts live as they happen without being there is something that I would have never even dreamed about as a teen so who knows what technology will bring in the future. In case there are any techies reading this who know how to make things happen, here are some ideas:

1. Virtual concert – similar to virtual conference calls where you hold meetings with people anywhere in the world and it looks like you are sitting at the same table, how about virtual concerts? There’ll be a place you can log in and then there will be a big screen at the concert where you can see the performer and the performer can see you, just as he or she would see those in the room. This way people all over the world can see their favorite artist in person even if the tour doesn’t reach them. And then you can enjoy the real or imagined eye contact.

2. Virtual meet and greets – This technology already exists in some form, via Skype and Facetime-type programs, so why not extend it to Meet and Greets? Maybe a virtual hug, too?

Neither of these things can replace being at a live show of course, but it’s better than nothing. Thanks to RS Official and to other fans for sharing their concert experience!

Regrets

Today I am regretting my choice of school and occupation.

Why?

The university I attended never had a Rick Springfield concert when I was there and my work never had a gala featuring Rick Springfield  (heck, as of this year we don’t even have health insurance through work anymore and we have to bring our own box of tissues). Nor have I ever attended a conference that featured him in concert.

Tonight he is playing at a private event at a university across the country, which is what led to this post. And occasionally pictures of him performing at company parties or conferences pop up on social media. It would be worse if it was in town and I couldn’t go, but it makes me grumpy anyway.

I think it’s because there haven’t been any announcements of future concerts nearby.  OK, I know I just went to one last month, but I can’t help it, I am having withdrawals.

Concert tour via Periscope

All technology has the potential to be used in amazing ways or horrible ways and so far my only glimpse of Periscope has been great. I only discovered it a couple of days ago – two Rick Springfield concerts ago, to be precise.

I noticed a tweet that contained the words “Rick Springfield concert” and “Periscope” and had to explore further. Not being terribly technology-savvy, I hadn’t heard of Periscope before but soon discovered that it is Twitter’s new video-streaming platform.

Basically, it allows you to use your phone to broadcast video and audio from wherever you are to any viewers following your broadcast. So for the purposes of this blog, it means that a fellow RS fan can go to a concert, shoot a video with their phone and all the RS fans from around the world can tune into the concert as it is happening.

Pretty amazing, right? No more waiting until later that night or even the next day to see if anybody posted a concert video on Facebook or YouTube. The Periscope app also allows for a live discussion and feedback, as well as sharing on Twitter.

After the broadcast ends, it can be replayed for up to 24 hours and then it is erased. (But it can still be saved to your phone and shared on social media later.) The video quality isn’t great – at least on my phone – but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Here’s a helpful article that explains it in more detail.

Of course the other aspect of Periscope continues the “little brother is watching” (see this post) creepiness that social media can bring, but if we all just keep it civil, it could be lots of fun.

Update: The Rick Springfield Facebook page also recently started a live stream of concerts so check that out, too. Sometimes the view is better.