Would you pay for online live concerts?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by englishman, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    We are trying to generate revenue at the studio and we have been thinking about doing some kind of pay per view for live streaming performances.
    I'm not sure how I feel about this, especially the concept of people paying for no-name band performances when they can get the best bands in the world over at YouTube.

    What say you?
  2. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

    May 11, 2017
    Generally ... yes. I'd do that.

    Not every possible time of course ... I'd decide case by case.
  3. CaliforniaSlim

    CaliforniaSlim Gretschie

    Jul 21, 2016
    Yes, I would. I am in Northern California- we are all Sheltered-in-place and starving for entertainment.
  4. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    I would - I've seen some great live stuff already online.

    The Grateful Dead and Company concert was streamed live a while back and I just happened to catch it and it was great. Would I have rather been there in person? Sure. But even so, it was a really good show. It all depends on how they're filming it too. Often you get a better view than you would in the audience.
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  5. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I would, at a reasonable price, and if it's well done for big name bands. Frankly, at concert prices and poor viewing and sound, I'd rather buy a DVD of a tour than live much of the time anyway anymore... No name bands? hmmm... likely not. Exception: Smaller concerts in theatres of known mid level artists etc...
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  6. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Tough call. Best sound and augmented and virtual reality involved, then yes, for any band I like, huge or small. I’d pay something like 20 bucks for the fun of it. 30 maybe for bigger acts, but nothing more than that. The novelty of something new in tech/music enjoyment would allow one to ignore they are taking a chance on a new band they may have never heard before, much less like. Similar to when I take a chance at the local joint for beer and a show, and catch something I end up enjoying and later buying their album.
  7. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2013
    You might consider having free preview clips -- maybe one song -- that would allow the potential purchaser to decide if they wanted to pay for an entire show. I honestly don't know if that's a great idea, but it could bring people in.
  8. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    I wouldn't - not for no name bands.
    There's too much on youtube for free :D

    For big name bands I love maybe if it was like $1-2
  9. Sabato

    Sabato Synchromatic

    Mar 22, 2019
    No. A live concert is a total experience, not a video on the screen. For the latter I'll buy DVDs.
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  10. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Jun 16, 2019
    I wouldn't, most likely. A video doesn't replace a live concert for me. There are so many videos on YouTube, of unknown and famous bands and singers, that I don't feel the urge to pay to have more. When I really like something, I try to find it on DVD and watch it on TV (my TV is an old one, so anything coming from the internet has to be watched on the computer, which I don't really enjoy that much).
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  11. KuKuKu

    KuKuKu Gretschie

    Aug 28, 2016
    I'm afraid for an unknown band there are not a lot of people willing to pay per view. But a guitar shop around here initiated a project because of corona where musicians play mini concerts live from home on facebook and people can donate via paypal - kind of a virtual tip jar.
  12. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Kinda sad nobody wants to shell out for lesser known bands. I mean, don’t people want to support that? You know, guitar players/music lovers? We all take chances on a show, and yes, I prefer a real show, but that’s the thing, ideas toward keeping heads above water in times like this. Just long enough until Atomic Cafe opens at Thunderdome /Bartertown.
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Unfortunately and realistically.....no.
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  14. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    No...but if I was a band I might pay to have a video made of my live performance ?
  15. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    I wouldn’t, unless it was 1 of 3 or 4 bands, but I would probably watch commercials.
  16. stormsedge

    stormsedge Gretschie

    Feb 28, 2020
    E. Tennessee
    No...but I'd have a look when Netflix buys your series:).
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  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Creative idea. I'd support a fellow G-Talker!
  18. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    You gotta be known. That’s the bottom line. You gotta already have a built-in following that loves you so much they’ll hand over their money. AND, now......you gotta do it in a time where people are holding ON to their money with white knuckles.

    Luxuries decline during these times, necessities go through the roof(as we all see). Live music and paying for it is a luxury. Keep thinking though, you’re a smart guy. You’ll figure out something.
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  19. Skibbers

    Skibbers Electromatic

    Feb 21, 2020
    Unfortunately no. With people on lockdown, wallets are on lockdown too.
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  20. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Much also depends on the quality of the video. I'll turn off ANY cell phone video because the sound sucks, and the person holding the phone either can't hold still, or is a mile away---for even a well know group.
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