Late last week, Southwest Airlines became the latest carrier to promise live music on selected flights. (This is not new, by the way; Virgin Airlines has been engaging in stunts like this for years. But nevermind.) This prompted discussion amongst the staff about which act should be the first to perform a proper concert in space.
Yes, we know that Chris Hadfield performed for Earth whilst aboard the International Space Station, but that was via a video link without a live audience. And besides, his day job was “astronaut” not “musician” (at least back then; The man is on tour now.) which kind of gave him an unfair advantage.
So here’s the question: which act–solo artist or band–should be the first to perform in space. And by “space” I mean at least 100 km up (parabolic rides count) and in weightless conditions.
Some early suggestions have included
- 30 Seconds to Mars, if just for their name
- Metallica, since they’ve already played gigs on all seven continents (yes, they played Antarctica)
- Spiritualized, because they already have an album called Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space.
Your thoughts and reasons? Lemme know and I’ll go through some responses on my radio show tomorrow (Tuesday, October 31)
Meanwhile, Rupinder offers these suggestions.