Streaming Media Live was called to provide Temporary Satellite Internet, Live Streaming and Encoding Services for the Foo Fighters Worldwide Live Stream Concert at The Roxy Theatre.
November 14, 2020 - The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
It was the Foo Fighters' biggest performance since the coronavirus pandemic sidelined their 25th Anniversary plans for 2020, and Streaming Media Live was there to help make it happen by providing temporary satellite internet, live streaming and encoding services.
“It’s our 25th anniversary this year. 2020 was gonna be the best year ever. We had plans, man. We were gonna hit the road. Do some shows. Killer T-shirt designs. New record. And… here we are.”
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters hadn’t planned on doing a live stream concert, as they prefer face-to-face interaction with their fans. However, with desire to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, as well as recognizing the anxiety that COVID-19 has caused so many people—including themselves—they realized that doing a worldwide live stream concert for their fans was the right thing to do.
“…We need joy. We need a little happiness. So if we can’t be in each other’s face right now, I realize that this is what we need to do to bring the joy and happiness.”
And they did just that! The band rocked on hard through the core of their catalog, and Grohl spoke to fans as if they were right there in front of him—addressing awkward silences where he'd normally be interacting with their energetic feedback.
“This is usually the moment in the song where everybody sings along,” Grohl affirmed near the finish of “My Hero.” “But that requires people actually to be here…"
After pondering aloud at the end of the show, “What is a virtual encore?”, Grohl urged everyone watching the concert to stay safe and healthy, and look to the future when live shows can resume. “I think if everyone looks out for the other guy, and everyone gets it together, a little care, a little compassion, we can do this together soon.”
In addition to providing a temporary escape from pandemic insanity for their fans, a portion of the proceeds from the event are slated to go to the Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Steaming Media Live was truly honored to be a part of the historic event! Thank you to our technical crew, media partners, and associate production companies—and thank you to the Roxy for your support.
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