Starting with his Canadian tour, Willie Nelson has made his concerts available to purchase and take home with you after the show, via a wristband/flashstick.
JK, the lucky fan who got to travel across Canada and follow Willie’s show,Â reported that in Regina, Willie wore one of the flashticks/wristbands with the Winnipeg show recorded on it, along with a video of him singing Peaceful Solution, and then he threw it out into the crowd!Â How cool is that?Â I asked him about how the flashsticks work, andÂ he said this:
Re: the flash drives:Â Â Â It is based on demand. A guy would come running up to the booth with a dozen drives, the webmistress would sell them, the guy would come back with a dozen more and ask if she needed another batch. Not sure how many they sold – I was in the second row (WOO) so it took quite a while to get to the booth, which was in the back of the arena. The nice thing about this system is that you donâ€™t have to worry about them running out.
It was all one track, so there was no editing involved. I assume they record a plain olâ€™ .wav file of the concert, encode it as an MP3 (should take 10 minutes or so – maybe less if theyâ€™ve got a really fast computer dedicated to this, and thereâ€™s no reason they wouldnâ€™t), and then itâ€™s just a matter of copying the file to as many flash drives as required.
Also on the wristband was a video of Willie singing Peaceful Solution. They could pre-load those onto all the wristbands to save time.
During the show, Willie wore a wristband with the Winnipeg show on it, and he tossed it to the crowd at the end.