'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass
Ageing rockers become Glassholes for a gig, record footage of ... nothing, really
Two years after Bon Jovi accused Steve Jobs of killing the music industry, the band's keyboardist, David Bryan, let their Google flag fly when he donned Mountain View's wearable Glass computer device while playing a sold-out gig.
The world's biggest Glasshole, PR spindoctor Chris Barrett, persuaded the least famous member of the soft rock supremos to wear the device during just one song. The resulting film is a less than thrilling glimpse of a man in natty clothes walking onto a stage, followed by a long shot of a piano keyboard.
Barrett, who has previously filmed an arrest using Glass, said that watching a minor member of the rock band wearing Google's creepy creation was "the most amazing night" of his life.
"I knew this was a moment of rock history," he babbled. "This was the first time Google Glass has ever been on stage at a sold-out stadium concert.
"I think this is the most futuristic point of view concert video ever."
Rather than indulge in the usual backstage shenanigans (sex, drugs, biting the heads off bats, etc), Barrett took the opportunity to show Bon Jovi's crew his Google Glass.
"I got to give demos to the entire band, management, family, and even some of the security at the stadium," he gushed.
Chris Barrett runs a company called PRServe, which runs publicity campaigns for startups, and is one of the Chocolate Factory's Google Glass Explorers.
His first major coup was capturing footage in the aftermath of a fight on Jersey Shore without either party noticing that he was filming.
He has often waxed lyrical about a future where everyone records everything, all the time. Speaking to Venture Beat, he said: "This is a huge step in citizen journalism. If Google Glass takes off, everyone’s going to have their entire life captured … first words, first steps … but also people getting shot, and natural disasters.”
On YouTube, most commenters were not possessed by the same fervour as Barrett after watching Bon Jovi's keyboardist wear the Chocolate Factory' creepy constant-surveillance device.
One wrote: "Classic Google Glass film. Just another preview of the tsunami of drivel heading our way. Good times. Thanks, guys!"
Another added: "That was boring. you should have called it 'Google glass recording the back exit of a concert'." ®