Similar to bands like Pearl Jam, Phish and Metallica that offer fans instant downloadable bootlegs after their concerts, Bruce Springsteen is set to follow in their footsteps.
Springsteen will begin offering fans the ability to download complete concerts following the kickoff of his 2014 tour in Cape Town, South Africa on January 26th. “Fans around the world can purchase a special USB wristband, both online and at the tour venues,” says a press release. “They will be able to pick one show of their choice to download on their USB wristband (approximately 48 hours after the show).”
Springsteen explained his decision in a recent interview with NPR. “I’d like to make things more available through the Internet,” he said. “The Internet has become our friend . . . I think we live more in a Grateful Dead touring idea, that everything you do is recorded now. And that’s OK with me, you know. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we’re starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a [wrist]band, you can get a copy of the night’s show. So hopefully we’re gonna do that at a really nice-quality level.”