Yeah, drive-in gigs, it’ll be a thing...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Michedelic, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Live Nation launches drive-in concert series with Brad Paisley, Nelly

    This had come up in earlier discussions, with some doubt that it would be feasible, but I’ve wondered why it hadn’t become a trend in the first place, with drive-in theaters already dying on the vine and getting torn down or converted to swap-and-shops. What’s the difference between watching a movie screen and watching a band?
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  2. To each his own, I haven't gone long enough without any live music to be interested in this yet.

    Maybe someday, just not now.
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  3. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I wish the drive in movie business would make a come back, lots of fun memories from our local drive in, sadly long since gone
  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    That ain’t gonna happen; indoor film theaters themselves have been dying a slow death anyway, impacted by giant screen TV, streaming, on-demand, and people so gacked on convenience as to not want to be slaves to showing schedules, so drive-ins are(actually have been)an endangered species in their own right. Too many developers want the land, and overall it’s an archaic facet of 20th century culture that didn’t translate to the 21st. Young people don’t even want cars anymore, you gonna take an Uber? All I can remember is, if I took a date to a drive-in, we weren’t necessarily watching the movie anyway. While the concert concept is novel, and may sustain interest for a while, it’s still a stop-gap measure.
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  5. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    If kids today only knew ...........the uh, fun you could have at a drive in compared to a indoor theater, well I for one am glad to have had the experience and wouldnt trade it for all the apps and ubers in the world
  6. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    We have a local music venue that set up their parking lot
    like a drive in theater but live music on the front steps of the place.
    Covid-19 Blues.
  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    IME: type of snacks. :D
  8. Hi,

    Sure! Why not? In addition to the full sound system and big screen on stage, I'd also like to see the music broadcast on a local low power FM transmitter so you could listen on your vehicle's sound system. But two parking spaces in between seems like overkill.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  9. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Surprise, AZ
    Isn't that how most drive-ins do it these days? So that should be available.
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  10. Hi,

    Yes, it's been quite a while since I've been to a drive-in but that was beginning to get popular. Hopefully it will still be a thing.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I guess that would be a step up from those crappy little speakers but not half the charm, I often wondered how many of those a year they had to replace when folks would forget and drive away with them still hanging on the window
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  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Yeah, one would be enough, that’s about 6 feet, right? As long as you have room to puke and dump the bong water.
  13. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    I'm old enough to remember drive-in movies (fondly . . . . those old, BIG American cars came in REAL handy!), and it was a thing back then for local bands to play before or between movies. Got to admit, two Shure Vocal Master columns (or the big boys had Voice of the Theatre's !) didn't carry far, but who cared ?

    If this turns into a thing, expect different Ticket Packages with Limo Parking, Bus Parking, AfterShow Meat and Greet at the hot dog concession, as well as Patron perks !
  14. Hi!

    Hi Scott. Yes, I used to work in a drive-in and I've seen it happen more than once. I recall when transitioning to radio reception the posts used to have a clip that you would attach to your antennae in order to hear the sound track. I thought that was pretty slick.

    Oh gee! That kinda brings back fuzzy memories. :p

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  15. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I think it really depends on the movie.
  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Local churches were having drive-in services on Sundays, but the turn-out is slim to say the least.
    Most would rather listen to a service on the radio or watch it on TV.

    I can't stand drive-thru for food, because I don't want to eat in my vehicle, & the food is cold by the time I get home.

    I'd rather watch a previous performance on TV than over a radio in a parking-lot.
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  17. Um, no. This is not going to be a big thing. Takes up too much space and why go watch a band from inside my car on the radio when I can just watch them on youtube?

    As for movies dying, meh. The locals theaters near me were packed before the virus hit. Sounds a bit like thinking drum machines and synths will put all drummers and bassists out of work. 40 or so years later, still waiting for that to happen.
  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, sounds great. Mosh pit?
  19. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Gotta leave room for dancing! :woot:


    And air guitar! :bassist:


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  20. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    eh, nah, drive-ins typically have spots for 100 or so cars, no way will most major touring acts set up for an audience of 200-300. Even if you do some kind of pop-up with larger capacity, you've got restrooms and concessions to worry about.

    We're all going to have to come to terms with basically writing off the 2020 concert touring season, like it or not.