NME: FAC launches database of venues charging zero commission on merch

NME: FAC launches database of venues charging zero commission on merch. “The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has announced a new directory highlighting music venues that charge zero commission on the sale of merchandise. Supported by Peter Hook, the ‘100% Venues’ database aims to address the ‘outdated and unfair’ practice of performance spaces taking a cut of acts’ merch proceeds at gigs.” This appears to be UK-only; the directory currently lists over 300 venues.

Billboard: Every 2022 Concert & Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19

Billboard: Every 2022 Concert & Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19. “As announcements of cancellations and postponements roll in, we’re keeping track of the latest in this updating list. Below, find all the 2022 concerts and festivals that have been canceled or rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (These are listed in descending order of announcement, so find the latest cancellations at the very top.)”

Astroworld Fest: FBI portal goes online for photo or video uploads of the Houston concert disaster (ABC 13)

ABC 13: Astroworld Fest: FBI portal goes online for photo or video uploads of the Houston concert disaster. “On Friday, more than two months after the deadly concert surge at NRG Park, the Houston Police Department announced the establishment of a public-facing FBI website, urging those who have any photos or video taken at the concert venue back on Nov. 5, 2021, to upload them to the portal.”

Rolling Stone: Brett Eldredge, Billy Strings Cancel Shows as Omicron Variant Surges

Rolling Stone: Brett Eldredge, Billy Strings Cancel Shows as Omicron Variant Surges. “As the spread of the Omicron variant reignites fears about another wave of Covid outbreaks in the U.S., the ongoing pandemic continues to throw a wrench into the normal operations of touring artists in the country and Americana sphere. Billy Strings and Brett Eldredge both canceled shows this week — in Nashville and Chicago, respectively — due to positive Covid cases within their circles.”

‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: ‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death. “In the wake of tragedy, members of the tour seem eager to place blame: Some of [Francis] Stueber’s fellow roadies point to what they perceived to be lax Covid-19 safety protocols as the culprit; while the band reveals that workers concealed sickness and even faked vaccine cards in some cases. Either way, as the pandemic continues to imperil the live-music business — and artists fight to get back on the road to work — situations like these beg the question: How much is enough when it comes to keeping bands on the road and their teams safe? ”

No vaccine or test, no entry: More major music venues make the call (WRAL)

WRAL: No vaccine or test, no entry: More major music venues make the call. “Several entertainment venues across the Triangle are now requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Until recently, most venues were only requiring face masks. Now DPAC and all Live Nation venues, which include the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Red Hat Amphitheater and the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, require one of the two options.”

WRAL: 3 Doors Down cancels Raleigh concert in response to new COVID-19 regulations

WRAL: 3 Doors Down cancels Raleigh concert in response to new COVID-19 regulations. “A rock band is no longer scheduled to come to Raleigh because of recently implemented COVID-19 regulations. 3 Doors Down was set to play at Red Hat Amphitheater on Oct. 7 as part of its The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour. On Wednesday, the band announced on social media that upcoming performances in Raleigh and Atlanta were off. Refunds will be issued.”

DeadHead Web App Streams Grateful Dead Concerts from Internet Archive On Demand

Spotted via my IFTTT/Reddit alerts: a new Web-based streaming app for live Grateful Dead concerts. There’s not a lot of documentation for site but it’s basic: looks like the concerts are arranged by year starting in 1965. (The site is powered by concerts in the Internet Archive.) Click on a one of the squares representing a concert and you’ll get a list of tracks with their duration. You can jump directly to specific tracks. Click play on a track and you’ll get a player at the bottom of the screen. No-frills but certainly functional.

Back to the mosh pit: What it means for super-fans (BBC)

BBC: Back to the mosh pit: What it means for super-fans. “To be a fan is often described as an obsessive thing, a bit unhealthy. Those types who think they are destiny-bound to befriend their idols. The people who hang around on doorsteps. Fans who sob on YouTube. For most, though, it’s about private passions, the thrill of the chase, the joy of collecting, connecting and a sense of belonging to a tribe. It’s about knowing everything about the thing you love and wearing that as a badge, but it’s also about creating little habits and structures that enhance the everyday.”

CNN: Concert celebrating New York City’s comeback cut short by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri

CNN: Concert celebrating New York City’s comeback cut short by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri. “Thousands of people celebrating the return of New York City at a concert in Central Park were interrupted by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri’s anticipated Sunday landfall. Some of music’s biggest names descended on the Great Lawn at New York City’s iconic Central Park for the ‘We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ on Saturday to perform for a vaccinated crowd of 60,000.”

Gramophone: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offers its entire lockdown video archive for free streaming

Gramophone: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offers its entire lockdown video archive for free streaming. “Amsterdam’s Concertgebouworkest (the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) has announced that for the month of July it be making available for free streaming its entire video catalogue filmed between June 2020 and June 2021. The works can all be accessed individually on the orchestra’s website (registration required).”

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered. “It’s hard to choose a favorite among San Francisco photojournalist and diehard environmentalist Greg Gaar’s extraordinary collection of 1,114 concert photos — taken between 1972 and 1989 at venues across the Bay Area — through which icons of the city’s eclectic and vibrant music history live on.”

Stereogum: Pearl Jam Release Massive Digital Archive Of Bootleg Live Recordings

Stereogum: Pearl Jam Release Massive Digital Archive Of Bootleg Live Recordings. “Pearl Jam have released a massive digital archive of bootleg live recordings, spanning nearly 5504 tracks from 186 live shows in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2013. In addition to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud, the recordings are also available on Deep, a newly launched live web hub accessible to to members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club fan club.”