Elvis Costello’s Spectacular Spinning Songbook, and three more concert concepts that are more irritating than innovative
Once upon a time, a great concert was your favorite band stepping out on the stage — no huss, no fuss — and killing it with new material and old favorites. That was expected, and that was enough. But with media consumption enveloping much of a band’s artistic output, live shows have had to become special events that can’t be replicated. Now, bands are pushing for more and more concert concepts that create unique experiences. Sometimes, though, these concert concepts are unique for all the wrong reasons.