Concert goers wait for the start of the Boston Strong Concert: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP)
BOSTON (CBS) – Comedian and Arlington native Dane Cook was the talk of the town Friday morning after his set at the Boston Strong concert Thursday night.
The reason – no one outside the TD Garden saw it.
The concert was not televised, but it was streamed live online, until Cook came up for his standup performance.
He requested that it be taken off the stream and explained why later on Twitter:
Hey everyone sorry my set was not a part of the live stream or televised! I didn't want any of the new material to hit the airwaves yet!— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) May 31, 2013
That didn’t go over well on social media. “Dane Cook” was trending on Twitter in Boston into the morning and it wasn’t pretty.
Boston Herald sportswriter Jeff Howe led the charge:
I wish I could have used my voice to help the Marathon victims like @danecook. Instead, the washed-up comic uses it to kick his new career.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 31, 2013
For the most part, the concert didn’t go so smoothly for those watching it outside the Garden.
The live web stream of the show crashed and viewers had nowhere else to turn because the concert was not televised. Some were able to find an audio stream, but well after the show had started.
“Nearly half a million people logged on to view the beginning of the show which lead to bandwidth related issues,” promoter Live Nation said in a statement.
The concert raised money for The One Fund.