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Duran Duran to Perform Virtual Gigs 67

Posted by Zonk
from the for-varying-degrees-of-'live' dept.
Sir Haxalot writes "The British band Duran Duran is to create a virtual island within the online world of Second Life, on which they will perform actual live concerts." From the article: "Three-dimensional versions of the band members - called Avatars - have been commissioned and will be revealed in September. The band hopes to perform their first virtual concert in the coming months. Rhodes added: 'We are hoping to give the crowd that come to the virtual concert a real immersive experience, so they can interact with us and react while we are stage.'"
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Duran Duran to Perform Virtual Gigs

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  • Kudos (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kesch (943326) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @06:50PM (#15870371)
    They are embracing new technology and trying new distribution methods, good for them.
    • Re:Kudos (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Also, Duran Duran were the first band to sell a song for download.
    • Re:Kudos (Score:4, Funny)

      by craXORjack (726120) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @11:13PM (#15871410)
      On the down side, now they won't be able to play the Goldstein Bar Mitzvah which was a paying gig and this Second Life island is going to cost them at least $9.95 a month.
      • Actually, they have an entire sim (64sq km of land on a dedicated server) which costs them US$199/mnth in land use fees. Just to buy the sim itself costs US$1500.

        Also, I only pay US$6/mnth for Second Life. When you pay Quarterly or Anually the price drops significantly. US$9.95 is the most you'd pay for a premium account, not including any land use fees.

        Having said that though, I am currently paying US$70/mnth just in land use fees on top of my US$72/yr subscription. This is all in land use fees for the var
        • please tell me you're making return on that investment :)
          • Yes and no. ;-)

            The land I have put commercial projects or shops or whatever on is breaking even and paying for itself. Thats all good. My "home" I still pay for myself, but I have no problem with that.

            Where things fall apart is that I still end up spending like US$200-300 a month on toys and other things I see and want ;-) Well, admittedly thats coming down now as I start to build up a collection of things and struggle to find new stuff I want. But with so many newbies coming into SL, theres almost always g
    • > They are embracing new technology and trying new distribution methods, good for them.

      A "virtual gig" though.... I mean, that's a DVD, right? Either I'm watching the band live, or I'm just listening to a CD. I don't get what's not a gimmick about the whole thing.
      • Bands in Second Life usually perform live. But the "concert hall," as it were, is a virtual creation, as are their avatars. People come watch the concert and interact with the band from all over the world all at once in this virtual space.

        So you're listening to them live, they're listening to and reading your feedback live, but you may be in California while they're actually in London.

        If that doesn't explain it, you'll just have to check out second life for yourself. There are some good concerts/performan

        • > So you're listening to them live, they're listening to and reading your feedback live,
          > There are some good concerts/performances there and some bad ones (much like real life).

          Unlike real life there's apparantly an element of the band reviewing my feedback. That never happened with normal bands, so how will it happen with a virtual one?
          • A running log is kept of all comments being typed in real time. So, if the badn can see their monitors as they're playing (or between songs) they can respond to comments, praise, questions, etc. This is the norm in live SL performances.

            -Eric

  • by aschoeff (864154) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @06:54PM (#15870385)
    ...if they need any virtual roadies?
  • by Anonymous Coward
    A virtual island? Will there be an NPC named Rio who dances on the sand?
  • Oh come on... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Fred Porry (993637)
    Are people actually paying for this? Okay, it may be great for fans, but...do you have to pay extra for this? It just makes no sense to me...
  • Publicity (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Thanatos69 (993924)
    Are they just doing this to create publicity for themselves or is SL paying them to do this to bring in the older crowd?
    • Actually, the SL crowd generally skews older than other online "games." I'd put the average second lifer in their mid-late-thirties, though I've attended second life events where the age range of participants ran from 18 to 70.

      -Eric

  • /dance
  • the new processor from AMD optimized for playing 80's MP3's? It's called the Duron Duron.

    /Yeah, I shamelessly stole it from Bash.org [bash.org]

  • I hope I get a good view...
  • Rhodes added: 'We are hoping to give the crowd that come to the virtual concert a real immersive experience, so they can interact with us and react while we are stage.'


    Interact and react. In Quake or Unreal Tournament sense? Duran Duran Deathmatch.
  • I for one welcome my virtual gigs!
    • Re:Aha! (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      No, not a-ha, it's Duran Duran. (sorry, bad 80s humour)
    • by Junta (36770)
      No no no, they did Take On Me, these guys are one of those other groups from back then.
  • by FauxReal (653820) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @08:55PM (#15870961) Homepage
    The Gorillaz did a virtual performace using holograms [centripetalnotion.com] at the European MTV Music Awards show in Nov 2005.
  • by cyberbian (897119) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @10:29PM (#15871283) Journal
    I bet they've been performing virtual concerts in their minds for years now...

    It's probably just bad boys experiencing the reflex.

  • I'll be there with my Chicken Hat on! :D ~Ulrika~
  • One more thing to add to my iptables block list...
  • This sounds like anything but an Ordinary World.
  • As long as they don't mind being paid virtual money.
  • > "The British band Duran Duran is to create a virtual
    > island within the online world of Second Life, on
    > which they will perform actual live concerts." /shout "Free tickets at loc 9232.18, 8108.77!"

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