Tours de Farce: 30 Seconds From Now
Just as the Web changed the way you look at tour dates, there’s no telling what the future will hold as technological advances combined with good old American know-how are sure bets to radicalize the transmission of concert data, such as Tori Amos playing in Boston on August 21.
For sure, the old communication models consisting of stimuli, response, feedback and injury will probably be as valid in the future as they are today. However, many experts believe that the continuing compartmentalization of factoids by the information consumer that has reduced complete narratives into single sentences will continue to remain the norm, and will result in the further shrinkage of data chunks into interchangeable, self-contained multi-syllable vocal fragments void of any real subjects or predicates.
For example, when describing an East Coast date for The Rolling Stones, the concert fan of the future might simply mutter Sept., Tues., 23, GRD. Of course, today’s concert fan would perceive that as an incoherent rambling off of consonants, numbers and vowels, but the fan of the future will readily understand every nuance imbedded in the uttering, as well as which portions were inspired by Keith Richards.
But multitasking combined with a wireless society mixed in with young adults raised on way too much sugar during their adolescent years is only part of tomorrow’s overall big picture. As Marshall McCluhan once postulated, the concert routing “is the message” and fans of live music will eventually form self-contained global villages where information might come forth only when those villages interact.
Imagine, if you will, a community made up of fans who only know artist names, such as Jo Dee Messina or Bonnie Raitt, while a neighboring village might only know dates, another, cities, and so on. Not until those individual communities come together, perhaps to attend a Sunday social or witness a couple of rounds of cage boxing down at the local tavern, will the vital information inherent in tour dynamics – artist, date, city, state and venue, begin to coagulate and take shape, and eventually lead to a recitation of facts such as Tower Of Power. December 18. Honolulu. Be there. Aloha.
Yes, the future is a wondrous land, indeed. A land filled with flying cars, robot dating and apartment buildings rising high above inclement weather and deadly smog. A land where mothers push-button meals and fathers walk the family pet on never-ending treadmills. And concert information will remain an integral part of that future.
Coming up later this week: Will stem cell research result in a resurgence of hair bands in the year 2025? Stay tuned.