Do concert reviews have value?
The inherent merit of album reviews is that they seek to verbally capture an experience in which we can all share, listening to a new CD. A concert, however, is a different story. At most 1% of this site’s readers (thus, 28-35 people) will be in attendance at an average concert. These posts, then, describe an experience in which most readers will never share.
Past concert reviews have generally generated very little discussion. There are exceptions: NQC coverage, since probably 20%-40% of this site’s readers are present, and events of standalone newsworthiness, such as Jonathan Price’s first night with the Dove Brothers.
Of course, comments aren’t the only way to measure level of interest. Daily readership is another metric, though that’s as often as not a measure of whether anything newsworthy is happening, reminding you to stop by (and less an indication of how interesting you found the post when you got here).
There is, of course, one other factor. Groups with live bands can and sometimes do create live concert experiences which differ notably from the CD. But in concerts where soundtracks are used throughout, sometimes there is simply little to be said that couldn’t have already been said of the CD.
What, then, is the value of concert reviews?