Pandemic times bring luster to livestream concerts

Dua Lipa is just one of the artists turning to livestream gigs with “Studio 2054,” an exclusive live performance streaming live, November 27. Image: courtesy of Live Now

Adapting is the name of the game. With theaters and concert halls closed again in many global locations to stop the spread of COVID-19, artists are instead turning to the internet, streaming concerts to allow fans to enjoy their music in a new way. These live performances, which may once have been free, are now vying to become a new revenue stream for the struggling industry.

From Dua Lipa, Gorillaz and Jessie J to Liam Gallagher, Major Lazer and Metallica, all kinds of acts are getting in on the game, organizing exclusive performances that music fans can watch live from the comfort of their homes. Many artists already tested the water during spring’s lockdowns, although without investing too much in the production of these makeshift livestream performances. Music fans may still remember a laid-back John Legend tinkling the ivories in a bathrobe, or Alessia Cara embarking on an acoustic set in her bathroom for the MTV “Unplugged at Home” series.

After a few weeks of random and impromptu performances, these virtual gigs upped their game and started being streamed from more prestigious locations, such as London’s Alexandra Palace, The Roxy club in Los Angeles and even the V&A Museum. Add high-quality lighting, multiple and varied camera angles, sometimes even special effects, and these once free concerts suddenly morphed into exclusive pay-per-view events.

The cost of technology

Ticket prices vary, although they’re often around the US$15 mark. While Dua Lipa promises to take fans on a “kaleidoscope, rocket-filled, journey through time” to discover her latest album for $15-20, Billie Eilish charged up to $30 for livestream tickets to her global virtual concert, “Where

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Zanardi transferred to Padua hospital 5 months after crash

MILAN — Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi was transferred to a hospital in Padua on Saturday to continue his recovery, more than five months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi underwent several surgeries at hospitals in Siena and later in Milan to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“The patient has reached a generally stable physical and neurological condition that permitted his transfer to another hospital equipped with all the necessary clinical specialties and closer to the family home,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement.

The 54-year-old Zanardi suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.

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Despite Parks’ scoring outburst, Phoenix to keep defensive scheme

Ray Parks vs Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was a napalm burst for TNT in its Game 2 matchup against Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, but as he was tearing nylon with every shot he took his team wasn’t as lucky.

The Fuel Masters may have allowed Parks to torch them for 41 points, on 10-of-14 shooting from deep, the Tropang Giga failed to follow suit as they fell 110-103 to Phoenix for a tied series at 1-1.

Phoenix head coach Topex Robinson said that he and his team know Parks’ scoring prowess, but he’s not in a hurry to change his defensive game plans and focus solely on the high-volume scorer.

“We know that Rayray could really light it up,” said Robinson Friday at Angeles University Foundation. “We know that, we honor him, and we respect him as a great scorer.”

“But as long as we focus on what we have control of and that’s how we’re gonna play our defense and also our offense. We don’t have control of Rayray scoring 41 or even scoring 50 which he could do.”

Parks finished the eliminations as the third-best score with 20.1 points a game and his scoring outburst against the Fuel Masters saw him tie the RR Pogoy’s franchise record for most-made threes in a single game.

The 6-foot-4 guard also bumped his average scoring numbers to 26 a game, from 18.5 points per game, in the playoffs thanks to his firebrand performance against Phoenix.

TNT still had four other players score in double figures but two of them, Troy Rosario and Pogoy, went a combined 9-of-31 from the field.

Of the Tropang Giga who attempted at least five shots only Parks, Poy Erram, and Simon Enciso had respectable shooting percentages of at

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