I'm not sure how it's happened but some of the videos I've posted here on GuitarVibe have gotten way more views than I ever expected. There are now about 600 videos with a total of more than 1.2 million views in total. The average (2,000 views per video) is not great, but there are some videos of me playing with the Electric Buddha Blues Band that barely have double digit views and so clearly there are other videos pulling in some big numbers.
Some of the concert videos have certainly benefited from fanatical fans and maybe got some prominent blogs or websites to link to them. However, that doesn't even begin to explain the top 10 rankings. In the #10 spot is Queen + Paul Rodgers "Feel Like Making Love" live from Latvia with 31,000 views. Admittedly, the Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis replaced Roger Taylor on drums later in the set and maybe he legislated mandatory YouTube viewings in schools. Who knows. It was a good show, but pretty high volume of traffic for something this obscure.
Those numbers put Queen + Paul Rodgers way ahead of more mainstream artists like Aerosmith or Coldplay. Heck, the Grateful Dead and some great blues artists like BB King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa are barely cracking 1,000 views, bumping along with local bands like The Blind Pilots. So there's no accounting for taste. But it gets weirder.
I don't know how to account for the fact that Lenny Kravitz comes in the #6 position with "American Woman" live from the Oracle conference a few years ago. I mean, I like the song, but 42,000 views? Really? And that concert was so loud it's one of the few videos where my Canon G9 sound gets distorted. Must be that 70's time machine problem.
Speaking of which, Buffalo Springfield and Pearl Jam w/ Neil Young at The Bridge School Benefit come in positions #4 and #5 with 70,000 and 46,000 views each. I can understand that given the significance of the Buffalo Springfield reunion after a 40 year absence. Had I been thinking more clearly, I would have braved the cold and rain for another 30 minutes to shoot the entire set. (And it came out remarkebly well considering I was shooting off a video screen.) But I'm sure in another 40 years, God willing, they'll do it again. Maybe by then, Bridge School Benefit will be sufficiently well organized that they can run the concert in less than 6 hours with 30 minute breaks between every set.
Coming in the #3 position AC/DC live from Oracle Arena in 2010 with their song "Big Jack" off their last album. You knew they released an album in 2010, right? "Big Jack" is a good song in that it sounds exactly like every other AC/DC song. I'll save you the trouble of reading the comments posted on YouTube; they all say "I waz there, that show rocked" or "That crowd sucks."
Ok, but now the really weird part. The top 2 videos (with 111,000 and 88,000 views respectively) are me reviewing some cheapass guitars I own. I don't know how that's possible. But there sure are a lot of teenagers who hate my playing, my talking, my amp, my shirt, my haircut and my taste in music. Luckily they let me know by posting misspelled comments on Youtube. (Even I'm slightly embarassed by these videos, so no links!) Yet somehow they've made me more popular than AC/DC.
Angus, Malcolm, I love you guys, but the numbers don't lie...