Periscope concert footage

One of the coolest current inventions is the ability to “teleport” to a concert as it is happening. I’m not sure how the performers feel about it – I know I would hate to be filmed at work, but since that’s what they do regularly, I guess they are OK with it – but for a fan, it’s really cool to be able to watch a concert as it’s happening if you can’t actually be there.

Having enjoyed a few concerts via Periscope, I wanted to reciprocate. So when I was in the third row at a concert last October, I made sure the settings were set to save the video on my phone and filmed a little. (I also did some non-Periscope filming, just in case.) When RS came out into the audience during “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Human Touch” and was standing right in front of me, what was I doing? Trying to film it. But I couldn’t get the camera to work; I guess I was a little flustered. Fortunately I had informed my husband before the show that he was on “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Human Touch” filming duty and he took care of it. (Fortunately, because two of my sons got to sing with RS and my husband captured it on video).

After the concert, I couldn’t find the Periscope videos on my phone. It wasn’t until recently that I was downloading pictures and videos off my phone to my computer and found them in a different folder in the gallery. Whoo-hoo, unexpected concert footage!

And then I watched them.

Rather than try to explain why I may not Periscope from this weekend’s concert, I thought I’d share snippets from my Periscope videos:

February is around the corner

It was almost a year ago – January of this year – that RS first announced that he was working on a new album. The original release date was the summer then it moved to October and now the official date is Feb. 19.

“Rocket Science” is now available to pre-order on Amazon. There are two versions so far: the CD and the mp3, the latter one has a bonus track: “Beautiful Inside” listed.

Whoo-hoo, so excited! It’s difficult to wait, but we’ve waited this long already. And awesome fans being so generous with their Periscope videos makes the waiting a little easier. Last night after a full night of Hanukkah celebrations with my family, I remembered that RS had a Stripped Down show in California last night so I checked Twitter to see if anybody had posted anything. There was a sound check, extra long videos from the show (including this “Jessie’s Girl,” “Stacy’s Mom” and “Jenny (867-5309)” mash-up that was pretty clever) and a Q&A session. I poured a glass of wine and enjoyed the show.



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.