Buy an Album and Hang Out With the Artist

Another instance of musicians trying out different strategies to engage with their fans:

If you’ve ever fancied going miniature golfing with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Nine Inch Nails‘ former drummer … this may be your chance.Josh Freese, official drummer for Devo, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals, and at various other times, NIN, Guns N’ Roses, Sting, Ween and the Offspring – is releasing his solo album. And whereas most artists are content with CD, vinyl and digital download versions, Freese is more ambitious. Not only is the American musician offering a $50 (£25) version that comes with a T-shirt and five-minute “thank you” phone call – for $10,000 (£4,987) you can also have his car.It’s certainly an original strategy for combating piracy. Why illegally download the album, called Since 1972, when for $500 (£249) you can get a signed CD, T-shirt, cymbal, and then join Freese for a dip in a sensory-deprivation tank and supper at Sizzler?

And what will a fan who pays $75,000 get? Find out here.

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