Getting a one on one with your favorite musicians is one of the most fulfilling moments of a fan’s life. Getting entertained over a romantic dinner, rocking out to your favorite band or just stomping along to your childhood favorite song are some of the magical feelings evoked by live music. A performed song in real time with real instruments by live artists is an entertainment source that cannot be replicated. This is the reason most people relive those moments in life where they were entertained by a certain artist, remembering favorite shows of their youths at venues that no longer exist. Certain concerts just strike the heart’s chords, creating memories that last a lifetime.
Live shows have come back in full swing with technology giving boost to modern shows. Giant video screens and images combined with aesthetic lighting and fireworks are some of the many elements that continue to make live concerts spectacles not to be missed. There are also live DJ’s that control the crowd and vibe of an evening with their electronic wizardry, pumping wall shaking bass and driving the crowd to work their hips. Whatever your genre may be, with the advancement of visual effects and engaging performances, many artists put on epic shows not to be missed.
This is in contrast to when live shows started. Once upon a time live concerts were nothing more than a band playing their hits on stage, through speaker systems that were barely audible over a roaring crowd or a hoard of screaming girls. Furthermore, due to the limitations of sound systems, the number of people in the crowd had to be limited. With walls of speakers the size of houses, today’s artists are equipped to entertain thousands, and some cases, tens of thousands of people. Cheering and being a part of a full arena chanting “Encore! Encore!” is a unique and exciting experience.
Whereas in the past many bands were encouraged to only perform their top hits note for note, many bands have much more flexibility and creativity in their performance options. Live variations of classic songs can create a unique twist on your favorite song, while extra musicians and instruments are often introduced to spice up a performance. While pop artists may employ dancers and choreographed performers, many rock shows use explosives to creative their respective spectacles. Whatever your flavor is, many concerts are feasts for the senses.
Another key element that has contributed to the spectacles of many modern shows are the venues in which they occur. Stadiums are still filled to the doors, but now everyone can hear the music in crystal clear quality as most venues are designed with sound quality in mind. This is especially true for classical concert halls that have been specifically engineered to deliver the highest quality sound possible. While it seems that paying for music has become a thing of the past, many artists make their bread and butter off of touring. This has forced artists to ‘turn it up a notch’ and create memorable evenings for their devoted fans. From local bars to sold out stadiums, live music prevails in many forms and continues to give fans a lifetime of memories.