Like it or not, technology is continuing to change the game.
I will sit at my home tonight in Nashville, and enjoy U2’s Rose Bowl show, live, basically for free via YouTube.
This is not ground-breaking, from a technology standpoint.
According to a BBC article, U2 has actually already done this, back in 1997 on its PopMart tour, they streamed the Boston show. But, let’s be clear: in 1997 most people were still figuring out what the Internet was, let alone be ready to stream a full U2 concert (and isn’t that when U2 almost fell off the pop map?). Anyway, back to 2009, tonight’s streaming really is a big deal. It’s a sign of the times. It’s symbolic that the next era of technology has officially, finally and firmly come into our living rooms.
I’m going to enjoy tonight’s U2 show, as it’s happening, without buying a concert ticket, gas, parking, stadium food/drinks or paying ridiculous (in)convenience fees on the tickets. No, it will not be the same as actually being in Pasadena; but I’ll take it.