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O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) is the band that, point blank, made me realize the music world needs a NetLive Music. So, with that in mind and the band and their music firmly entrenched in my ear drums, I set out to start a music community that would be a place for fans of great live bands to congregate. Welcome NetLiveMusic.com (NLM).
In 2000, I was graduating from Providence College and the song, “Crazy Game of Poker” spread like wild fire across my friend matrix. The song, and later album, was a hit… but no one had heard of O.A.R. or Crazy Game of Poker until I gave them, what is now known as THE SICK MIX. I have never, even to this day, seen a tape shared and spread with that speed and enthusiasm. That mix is still spoken of in legendary terms among my friends. Thank you Jenn!
I knew I had to get this fervor and appreciation online. My goal was to create a community where the sum of all the fans of these great independent bands was greater than the individual parts. At this point the internet was pretty new and Napster was in its “heyday” but I wanted to help support the bands and be respectful and appreciative of their art. I wanted to help them flourish… hey maybe even get some radio play.
In 2002, I got permission from the band's then current management, Dave Roberge - older brother of lead singer Marc Roberge, to have Mike Sarnovsky help me load O.A.R’s live shows onto the NetLive Music site and help spread the band's good vibes.
The shows on this site are a collection of (pre-major label) early O.A.R. These shows are a great place to start exploring NLM and to begin discovering other great independent music. These early shows are the band's beginnings. They flow, from one show to the next, highlighting the evolution and maturation of a great live band. These are the roots of O.A.R.
Thank you O.A.R. for a decade plus of great live music.
NetLive Music has withstood many market booms and busts, ups and downs, to come to you today in its finest form yet. Through all the highs and the lows the community has retained its core principles: Great live bands should sell a lot of music and their fans shouldn’t steal it. This site was built as a compromise, where bands agree to share their live music with fans who agree not to steal.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this site as much as I enjoy listening to and sharing great live bands such as Of A Revolution, with you.
Shake and smile,
CEO and Founder