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The Foo Fighters’ live show on Friday night came with little fanfare outside of the band’s core fanbase, but it delivered 2 hours and 45 minutes of greatest hits to more than 150,000 viewers around the world. The video drew 440,000 total live streams, with a […]

The Foo Fighters’ live show on Friday night came with little fanfare outside of the band’s core fanbase, but it delivered 2 hours and 45 minutes of greatest hits to more than 150,000 viewers around the world. The video drew 440,000 total live streams, with a max of 20,000 at any one time.

Watch live streaming video from foofighters at livestream.com

LivestreamFooAiring on Livestream (both web and iPhone) and Facebook and produced and powered by Livestream out of the band’s private Los Angeles studio, the show was for once not a broadcast of a pre-existing concert. And while it played, the band responded to Facebook comments and took song requests from users. We had argued the Foo Fighters should have tried to monetize the live show since it’s such a great product with a great audience, but you can’t deny it was cool for the band to give this to their fans.

The Foo Fighters show came less than a week after U2 also webcast a concert internationally (though only to certain countries), in that case a show at the Rose Bowl distributed and publicized by YouTube. Where the Foo Fighters had 440,000 total streams, YouTube said U2 had nearly 10 million. To be fair, it’s not very nice to compare any band to U2; see this Google Trends comparison.

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  1. [...] Friday, the Foo Fighters webcast a gig from their own studio using the Livestream service. Figures released show that 440,000 total live streams were racked up on the night from more than 150,000 viewers [...]

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  2. with all fairness, foo fighters werent as well adverdised as U2 was

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    1. @frank – That’s definitely true.

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  3. I took a before and after screen shot of the channel views for the U2 gig at 11:30pm when the pre-concert started for U2 and after at 9:30am the next morning. From what I saw, channel views when from just over 1 million to 88 million.

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    1. Royally embarrassing, the Clare Bonnell comment about 1-88 million was actually from me, and not Clare Bonnell. I guess that’s what you get for fixing your mother’s blog (WordPress automatically signed me in as her to comment on this blog). The channel view numbers about 88 million are still true though!

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  4. It’s true that the Foo Fighters weren’t as advertised as U2, but than again, the campaign for U2 is a true state of the art process, it accumulates interest from areas you would never expect it from

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