The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013

potd-rolling-stone_2564371bI’d love to say that I watched the Stones’ performance live from the Glastonbury fields (in the biggest crowd that the Pyramid Stage has ever seen) but unfortunately my attempt at getting Glasto tickets was a very poor effort, which left me watching the BBC coverage from the comfort of my sofa.

I was lucky enough to see The Rolling Stones at Twickenham in 2006, and I can safely say it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Everything from the band to the production was amazing. Naturally, a festival gig isn’t going to be so production-heavy, so I was intrigued to see how the performances would compare, especially considering the band are now seven years older. Continue reading

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Video Killed the Radio Star (and made a pianist storm off stage)

Pianist Krystian Zimerman has recently been in the news for storming off stage in the middle of his recital after he saw an audience member filming the concert on their phone. He asked the person to stop filming, but was clearly pretty irked by the whole situation and stomped off stage. When he returned to the stage he declared that YouTube was ‘destroying music,’ telling the audience that he’d lost out on recording contracts after record company execs told him ‘We’re sorry, that has already been on YouTube.’

All this hoo-ha about YouTube got me thinking about how technology and the constant developments in the digital age affect how we listen to music. On the one hand, it’s amazing to have all these live performances available at the click of a button. But, does this growing obsession with recording gigs on your phone start to take away from enjoyment of the gig itself? Continue reading