One of the things Ive toyed with doing, though its at the bare conceptual stage, is to do an online virtual tour:
Find in your home town or area some really interesting cool looking physical spaces - not your average theatre or venue -- set up a two-camera shoot and live stream the event , access to the event to be paid in advance online. Do it on a semi- regular basis, varying the program enough so that each event would be really unique. Dont know if its cost effective or not - in terms of cameras, sound, streaming servers, etc. - being cheaper than the cost of transportation for a live tour - so I have some research to do. I also need a bigger fan base than I currently have
Nothing really replaces the heart to heart connection of people with people, but if its well done and well directed visually, I think it could be pretty close.
When I did my stint in South Africa, tickets for U2 came on sale well in advance. I didn't buy any, thought I would not be there that long.
So I ended up watching it on Television. Well the mix was crap, the video direction was poor, the whole thing stank like a kipper lost behind the fridge.
I was pleased not to have forked up the money for a ticket.
Then I met all me mates that had gone, which was just about everybody. They praised it from the roof-tops, best ever concert, life-time experience, etc.
So I guess you are right about the people 2 people thing. How would you bridge that gap?
BTW I did get to see The Prodigy live in ZA a few weeks later and they were far better then U2, one of the best live performances I have ever witnessed, truly amazing.