Bruce Springsteen to offer instant gig downloads

The complete concert downloads will begin at Springsteen's Cape Town show later this month

Bruce Springsteen is set to offer instant downloads of live recordings from his shows.

In his recent interview with NPR, the rock frontman revealed his plans to offer fans a wristband after shows with the option to download the gig onto it. “I’d like to make things more available through the Internet,” he commented. “I think we live more in a Grateful Dead touring idea, that everything you do is recorded now. And that’s OK with me, you know. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we’re starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a band, you can get a copy of the night’s show. So hopefully we’re gonna do that at a really nice-quality level.”

A press release states that the complete concert downloads will begin at his show in Cape Town on January 28. It stated: “Fans around the world can purchase a special USB wristband, both online and at the tour venues. They will be able to pick one show of their choice to download on their USB wristband (approximately 48 hours after the show).”

In the same NPR interview Bruce Springsteen revealed he is a Kanye West fan, saying he thinks the rapper is “incredible”. Springsteen, who released his new album ‘High Hopes’ earlier this week (January 13), praised West’s production skills and record-making ability.

“West is incredible, you know? I mean, the record-making facility, there’s a lot of hours in those records,” says Springsteen. There’s just the production. I saw him on television, he did one song called ‘Blood On The Leaves’ on Later… With Jools Holland. It was fantastic, he’s very talented. I find him very talented. I’m not necessarily driving to it in my car, I probably fall back to the stuff I was listening to as a kid or something if I’m driving around, but I do listen. I listen to a lot because there’s so much information in it and it’s just fascinating record-making.”

Earlier this week Springsteen appeared alongside Jimmy Fallon on his US talk show, performing a reworked version of ‘Born To Run’ which criticised New Jersey State Governor Chris Christie.