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Dreaming In 3D: A Virtual Classic Concerts Wish List

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Since we’ve already begun to dream in 3D, let’s just imagine for a moment… What if you could virtually re-create and voyage back to the most memorable concerts you’ve been to, or voyage back in time to the most historic concerts like Woodstock, The Moondog Coronation Ball, The Grateful Dead’s first and last show, The Rolling Stone’s show at Altamont, or the very first hip hop block parties in Brooklyn or the Bronx.

The more I think about it, the more I get excited about the possibilities of having a virtual 3D live music time machine at my finger tips. For starters, having the chance to buy a 3D TV Blu-ray DVD of a previous concert could revolutionize the meaning of “remastered.”

Just think of it. What if you really could re-experience your favorite concerts, or historic concerts you always wanted to be at, as a completely interactive Choose Your Own Concert Adventure right in your home on a 3D TV?

And what if this 3D TV Blu-ray remastered version had tons of interactive features like a virtual narration by bands, fans or venues owners who were there at that historic concert. Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel through that virtual concert and have the ability to not only experience the music in HD, but also unlock previously unknown facts about that performance or venue as told to you by people who were actually there? And what if that type of experience was an interactive game that allowed you to win tickets or downloaded music.

For example, when you successfully unlocked, say a few historical facts, you also unlocked a coupon that you could use to buy exclusive concert tickets or a code to download the band’s new album or some type of unique content from that album. Or what if you could rack up a certain amount of concert fan gaming points to win other prizes and content too? These types of embedded features are already a reality in CDs or other music releases, so why not make it a part of the 3D TV Blu-ray experience too?

I know I would rather buy that kind of “remastered” and fully interactive 3D Blu-ray DVD version of my favorite concert or a specific historical concert like Woodstock or Altamont, than the regular concert DVD that only has the standard experience and special features. Wouldn’t you?

Okay, now that we’ve started to dream a bit, it time to think about what concerts or live music moments would be the best to voyage back to via a 3D TV and “remastered” Blu-ray DVD experience.

The following list is by no means complete. And remember, we’re dreaming here. But if we could make our 3D TV Blu-ray concert DVD dreams a reality, these concerts and live music moments would be at the top of my list.

Woodstock: The Movie

This is a no-brainer. What concert fan wouldn’t want to re-live the classic Woodstock movie in 3D? The Woodstock music experience alone would be awesome to virtually re-explore, and I wonder what it would be like to re-imagine other elements too. Like the Monterrey Pop Festival before it, Woodstock created the template for the modern music festival experience, and I’m sure a 3D TV experience would take concert fans into the next communal and interactive frontier.

Moondog Coronation Ball

As one of the first officially documented Rock ‘N Roll concerts, the Moondog Coronation Ball is one of those events that has always intrigued me. The pioneering and payola-plagued rock DJ Alan Freed was at the helm of the crazy event. And though the concert turned into a disaster quickly because it was oversold, it would still be cool to go back to re-explore all the rockin’ mayhem in 3D.

Grateful Dead: Their First Shows and Last Show at Solider Field

I’ll admit that I’ve come to better appreciate the communal vibe of the jam-band concert atmosphere. And I’ve often wished that I could experience the very first Grateful Dead shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and the very last one at Solider Field in Chicago 1995. My wife was there and she said it was one of her favorite concerts ever. And to go back to those concerts virtually would be nothing short of awesome. And what about those controversial and revolutionary acid test shows? Would a 3D virtual experience complete the psychedelic dreams of Timothy Leary?

The First Hip Hop Block Parties

I would like to voyage back to the first days when Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash were spinning records in the Bronx neighborhoods. Hip hop is such a part of the musical mainstream today. And it would both fun and poignant to allow fans, both young and old, to traverse back to those first days via 3D TV virtual experience.

Neil Diamond’s 1972 Hot August Night Tour

This one’s a bit personal. And I bet you have a few concerts that you could go back and experience because a family member was changed at the concert that you couldn’t be at. That said, I wish I could go back and experience my dad’s favorite concert which I’m told was seeing Neil Diamond during the Hot August Night tour circa 1972. My dad died earlier this year and it would be something special to get just a glimpse, even if it was a virtual simulation, into what my dad felt during the show and why that show change his life.

Don’t Look Back & Monterrey Pop Festival

D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 concert documentary Don’t Look Back superbly captured Bob Dylan’s 1965 UK tour. And a year later in 1968, Pennebaker again revolutionized the rock doc with Monterrey Pop concert film. And what if we could put on the retrospective 3D goggles to virtually re-experience Pennebaker’s cinema verite?

Like I mentioned, these are just a few of my top picks. And the more I think about it, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to jump in the 3D virtual live music time machine to experience other classic and favorite concerts in 3D like: Joy Division’s first shows, Kayne West’s Lollapalooza 2008 performance, The Rolling Stones at Altamont, punk rockers Black Flag, house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles at the Music Box and Warehouse in Chicago, Led Zeppelin tours as captured in Hammer of the Gods and The Who Live at Leeds.

Now it’s your turn… what classic or favorite concerts are on your 3D wish list?

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