Suicide Silence Announces Virtual World Tour
Well, this sure is interesting. Suicide Silence seem to have found a clever workaround for the fact that they can’t tour right now. From an official press release:
“Suicide Silence announces Virtual World Tour with unique sets, exclusive merchandise, and custom experiences in each market. Each show will feature a professionally filmed multi-camera live set along with an extensive post-performance Q&A. Every market will have its ticket purchase geo-gated within a reasonable radius so that only those in that general area can view its particular stream. Fans will be able to participate in a live chat with each other & the band throughout the experience.
“All ticket purchasers will have access to an Exclusive Merch Collection that includes an official tour shirt specifically for their market as well as a number of other items that will never be sold elsewhere.
“The streamed performances will go on sale several weeks or months in advance whereas fans will be able to communicate their set list preferences & make other special requests leading up to their show. Several dates are being finalized with Los Angeles & New York expected to kick things off some time in June.”
This strikes me as being the very definition of “making the best out of a bad situation.” I have to imagine other bands are either working on similar concepts right now, or otherwise will be once/if the Suicide Silence shows prove to be successful. It’s likely going to be a long time before bands can hold real concerts again, so why not do stuff like this? It helps the band make some money, it helps the fans stay entertained, and it doesn’t endanger anyone’s health. And the idea to make every show unique to a particular market further incentivizes fans to participate. Seems like an all-around win to me.
We’ll let you know when dates for this “tour” are announced.