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U2 => Tours => Topic started by: indiansummer on November 30, 2008, 03:25:08 PM

Title: Live tour downloads
Post by: indiansummer on November 30, 2008, 03:25:08 PM
Let's hope U2 see sense and set up a website for live downloads like many bands are doing these days. Noticed Counting Crows and Crowded House recently have gone down this route among others.

It would certainly keep the fans happy and also help the boys buy a couple of ponies for the kids.

Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: m2 on December 02, 2008, 04:57:41 PM
Agreed 100%. I'll go broke if they do this...
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Sydney_Mike on December 02, 2008, 05:55:11 PM
I'm with Matt - this could prove very expensive.

I love the Counting Crows and am damned annoyed that they're only touring Australia as a support to The Who. They're one of the best for making tracks sound very different in a live setting. So whether it's them or U2, how would you chose which concert(s) to download. Do you rely on Willie's Tour Diary or other fan reviews to identify great shows? How do you get 'bang for your buck"?
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: mattyk on December 02, 2008, 08:52:34 PM
How much are Counting Crowes/Crowdies charging for the downloads?
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Dark Angel on December 03, 2008, 04:36:32 AM
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How much are Counting Crowes/Crowdies charging for the downloads?

15,000,000

thats right!
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: vickidvm on December 03, 2008, 09:15:49 PM
Pearl Jam does that, too.  You can buy a cd (or I think download) any concert from their tour.  Pretty reasonable price considering it's soundboard quality. 
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: LToy on December 03, 2008, 10:13:28 PM
I would only agree with this if they released the complete, unedited concert from the Front of House sound desk audio feed.  Otherwise, it would be same as getting a crappy bootleg from an amateur taper who used all the wrong settings.
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: JuniorEmblem on December 04, 2008, 11:10:59 AM
Metallica does it, $9.95 for mp3, 11.95 for FLAC

Typically all are available on the usual torrent sites within a day or 2

Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Evil Bono on December 08, 2008, 03:40:22 PM
I agree also if it was soundboard audio with the full concert. 
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: macmango on January 04, 2009, 05:53:13 PM
If and when it happens, I would imagine it would be predetermined shows that wouldn't emerge right away (read:  planned, produced, post-produced, mixed, and $$$).  They would probably pick which city they want to focus on in advance, just like they would for a film shoot.  I could see U2 recording and releasing 1 show from each leg of the Horizonless Tour.

Which city would you suggest for them to pick?

My top picks would be:
1. Miami
2. Seattle
3. Katowice, Poland
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Evil Bono on January 05, 2009, 11:06:31 AM
I could see them being all knit picky about the performance of an audio download but a lot of their fans really don't care if they got the timing right or if Bono remembered a lyric.  I think some of their best performances are the one's I have on bootleg. 
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Hawkmoon2e on January 05, 2009, 08:10:21 PM
A few years ago I saw Echo and the Bunnymen at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Right after the show, you could wait around for 15-20 minutes and buy the 2 CD set of the very same show from that night. Two silver CDs, a jewel case, and artwork original to the San Francisco show for a flat 20 bucks. The sound was good, too. The Fillmore is a great sounding venue.

Then in 2006 or 2007, The Who did the same thing. except you had to order the show you wanted online, and it was available about 6 weeks after the night of the show. And you could order any show from their tour. Either a double CD set, or a DVD. I got the CDs for around 30 bucks, and they sound absolutely great. I think the DVD was around the same price, too.
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: silvrlvr on January 08, 2009, 02:54:25 PM
I can't see U2 doing this, for a couple of reasons. One, they're behind the times on technology (as witness U2.com and statements by Paul McGuinness about file sharing.) Two, they want to sell their CD, not individual concert CDs, their royalty structure is based on that. Third, in this economy, there's no way they'd want live CD recordings circulating, because if they have a bad night and the recording winds up on the Web, it could affect the tour down the road.

(Don't say they never had a bad night, because I have a bootleg of a concert I went to a couple years back, and Bono had voice trouble. As a live experience, it was great, but it's hard to listen to it now.)
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: indiansummer on January 09, 2009, 10:09:38 AM
Not sure exactly what the extent of the contract is with Live nation, but I know that LiveNation are involved with live concert shows for other artists so it makes sense that U2 would also have that option with LiveNation.
U2 also own the rights to all their songs so there is no complication there.
They have also shown that they are willing to release live CDs through their fanclub egZOOTV,Slane  .
If there were bad nights, and I'm with you there I have several boots from Elevation tous and JT tour where is voice was shot, so they would just not release those particular shows.

I think moreso than at any other time the opportunity is there to satisfy the millions of U2 fans who would lap up live shows from the soundboard.
And we have all seen how strong the thirst of the U2 organisation is for more moola in recent years! It would be a logical and proftable step for the band to make at this time.
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Evil Bono on January 11, 2009, 07:07:02 PM
Lets not forget those live CD's they've released through the fanclub, a good portion of people have ripped the audio from the DVDs.....
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: indiansummer on March 14, 2009, 07:20:03 PM
Unfortunately it doesn't look like official live concert downloads going to happen on this tour despite it being an obvious moenyspinner for the band and a dream for most fans !!
Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: suppers ready on March 16, 2009, 12:29:19 PM
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Unfortunately it doesn't look like official live concert downloads going to happen on this tour despite it being an obvious moenyspinner for the band and a dream for most fans !!

If they charge anything close to what Genesis charged on their last tour, i hope they don't do it, because I can see torrent sites not carrying normal boots of a show...and I will not pay $25 or $30.00 for a CD...sorry, but soundboard recordings cost virtually nothing to make/distribute.....10 or 15 bucks is a huge money maker for the bands and a good value for the fans.  $30.00 is a ripoff and I'd pass on buying any shows.

Title: Re: Live tour downloads
Post by: Malachi on March 16, 2009, 01:00:19 PM
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Unfortunately it doesn't look like official live concert downloads going to happen on this tour despite it being an obvious moenyspinner for the band and a dream for most fans !!

If they charge anything close to what Genesis charged on their last tour, i hope they don't do it, because I can see torrent sites not carrying normal boots of a show...and I will not pay $25 or $30.00 for a CD...sorry, but soundboard recordings cost virtually nothing to make/distribute.....10 or 15 bucks is a huge money maker for the bands and a good value for the fans.  $30.00 is a ripoff and I'd pass on buying any shows.



I agree. I they do it and charge silly prices for the CD's. I will be very annoyed. For me it will mean they just want to make money.  :'(

But seeing the price for just the basic version of the new album. They might be kind on us.

Mal