Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To


I’m letting this sit and brew for a second before I write about it, but you shouldn’t be deprived.

“We’re endeavoring to create the ESPN of premium live music experience,”

Interviews with the bands as they come on and off stage. Profile pieces on bass players overcoming tragedies in their lives, like being bass players. Stats, and takes, and rankings.

Was it really an elite jam, Michelle?

My initial response is to fervently wish that everyone involved with this idea have Satan disregard their safe words, but gimme a day or two and I think I might become annoyed.


  1. “Sui generis”
    Yeah shut the fuck up

    I really don’t know how I feel about this

  2. fwiw, this is a trend that’s been coming for a while. I’m writing a review essay about aspects of this for a journal, I’ll send the draft along.

  3. The guy on the webcast immediately bombarding Bobby coming off stage after the last show with stupid questions (“Can you sum up the feeling of the last 50 years right at this moment”) was so cringe-worthy. That guy can go die in a fire.

  4. Prediction- This will be about as successful as Neil Young’s “PonoPlayer” which is essentially a “Walkman / iPod” ripoff that was supposed to “revolutionize” the way we listen to music and insure the highest bitrate / fidelity at a reasonable cost ($400). Problem is, $400 aint exactly cheap, plus the library is extremely limited and songs are expensive even though they are hi rez tunes. Major fail, but hey, Neil is cool. He likes old cars and toy trains and that is OK by me.

    Every time someone comes up with an idea that will somehow try to resurrect the old music business model it inevitably fails. The music industry killed itself by not just simply buying Napster early on instead of spending millions (billions?) on a losing battle. It is hard to compete with “free” and always will be, unless possibly you offer a better product at a reasonable cost. This will still have to have some type of “revolutionary” component (ie iPod) to succeed IMO. The only way to be successful as an “artist” these days (and by successful, I do not mean multi millionaire status as witnessed in the 70s / 80s) is to tour your ass off, promote and sell your merch at shows, oh, and talent helps too. If you are able to pay the bills and maybe even live a moderately middle class existence doing this, you are successful in my book. Way too many kids that call themselves “artists” that essentially compose garbage on free Garageband software and post on youtube. The cream always rises to the top, so no worries there.

    Not many bands that can pull in $8 million a night doing 5 shows in two cities within a week span. In fact, besides the Dead, could ANY other band pull that off? OK, now I am done.

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