With a new album on the way, and extensive touring plans in the work for 2011, things promise to heat up around here.
All the meet and greet sign ups are now online for all upcoming shows through the Make A Difference Tour as well as a description of how the process will work.
I hope you've enjoyed the journal entries from Nathan throughout the summer. They have a been a bit of a preview of some changes we are working on for the whole website.
We are a touring band. LIVE is where we live. The Wired fan club was created to help you better connect with Third Day live. Our website often doesn't reflect that. A show might simply show up as a line of text to buy tickets, the event occurs, and except for an occasional youtube clip, the show leaves almost no footprint on the cyber landscape. As a wired member, you can listen to the show, but we have done little overall to share that experience with the larger community of Third Day fans.
We've been doing a lot of research on bands that do a good job of making a bigger deal of their live events online. I've spent hours clicking through Phish's website, Dave Matthews Band, U2 and others. We're hoping to emulate some of their best practices, but also move toward some unique applications just for us.
Eventually, we hope to be able to sell a digital download of every concert we perform, (you'll enjoy a wired discount on those purchases!) but in the meantime, we want to take The Wired Radio experience and present it to the larger community of Third Day fans. So, with the new website coming in October, anyone will be able to listen to Third Day concerts presented in a more focused manner, as well as peruse the show photos, videos, journalistic description, and linkable setlists. We're going to incorporate Comments around each of these shows and the subsequent song pages that you'll click to from the setlist. I'm especially excited about better sharing these experiences with our international fans.
As a wired member, your comments will be listed above any general comments. You set the tone! We're hoping this new emphasis will better highlight our concerts for a larger community of fans, and create a better online archive of your favorite concerts to be enjoyed for years to come. I also suspect it will push the band to make each concert even more of a unique experience!
In the coming weeks, we might give a few of you the chance to populate the website with comments around your favorite shows and songs before the site is opened to the general public. more to come....