A few weeks ago, a friend asked me who I thought would be a big act when we were our parents age. Who will be our Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Brian Wilson? After immediately throwing out Radiohead and Thom Yorke, I was kind of at a loss.
Ben Ratliff connects our current obsession with reunion tours with this same concept yesterday's NY Times:
We’re seeing the winnowing of the live-music era in America, as well as the end of belief in the album. Any crisis of belief leads to sanctification and orthodoxy; people want to see the saints work their magic. Ashley Capps, who helps produce mid-June’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. — which has booked the Police as one of its headliners this year — put it in a slightly simpler way. “When I was growing up, the release of an album was an event,” he said. “We’ve moved away from the notion that the release of a recording is an event. Somebody can release a great album and get fantastic reviews and everybody’s talking about it, but how long does that last? Six weeks? In that sense, live performances are becoming the important event.”
Couldn't agree more. It ties right into Buzz Vertigo. An album leaks and by the time the album is actually in stores, everyone is done with it. Is that why there are still Arcade Fire tickets on sale? LOTS on Wednesday!!