Hear & Now

Hear & Now

This week on the music beat

-- INSTANT REPLAY Rock collectors who buy or share concert bootlegs have long claimed they'd purchase legal live recordings if only they were available. This year, fans may finally have a chance to put their money where their mouths are. It's been rumored that radio/venue/tour behemoth Clear Channel was developing a plan to sell instant live CDs at the close of select dates; executive VP Steve Simon has confirmed to EW that an announcement is imminent. ''There are artists who won't want to do this and artists who will,'' says Simon. ''But practically every concert is pirated. We're creating an alternative where the artist will have elements in place to get quality control and recognize the fruits of their labor, and the fans won't have to steal to get that special moment.'' If you're wondering why no one else ever thought of this idea, well, someone did. New York-based DiscLive has announced a plan to do what sounds like the same thing. DiscLive CEO Rich Isaacson, the ex-head of Loud Records, says his live-CD program has been in development for four years, and its imminent fruition ''couldn't be better timing'' for the record companies that will share in this new source of ancillary income. It's one way, he says, ''to keep the revenue flowing and stave off illegal copying.'' Both companies claimed to be unaware of the other's efforts until this month. Isaacson hopes to ''figure out a way we can all work together. Certainly Clear Channel's an important part [of what we would do] because they control the vast majority of the venues.''

-- THEY REMEMBER LANA It turns out that Phil Spector wasn't Lana Clarkson's only connection to the music industry. The sexy B-movie actress, who was shot to death in the producer's mansion Feb. 3, last year played a band member's mom in the video for the Used's ''The Taste of Ink.'' It was only a blink-and-you'll-miss-her appearance, but Clarkson made an impression on the crew that was disproportionate to her screen time. ''She was a bit kooky and had a lot of personality,'' says codirector Emmett Malloy. ''She's an actress, so she definitely knew how to make her presence felt. I think everyone on that shoot remembers her. She was a cool girl.''

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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