Sydney-based Smash Touring is to become the first Australian touring company to offer authorized bootlegs of concerts.

Sydney-based Smash Touring is to become the first Australian touring company to offer authorized bootlegs of concerts. A trial of the service will begin when influential Detroit rockers MC5 play a string of Australian dates beginning July 23 at the Palace in Melbourne. The reunited band will play as DKT/MC5 with a "rotating cast" of guest musicians.

Concertgoers will be able to buy a CD of each live performance just 10 minutes after its conclusion. The CDs will be recorded from the mixing desk using Pro-Tools software, which is capable of producing about 100 discs per minute. Prices are expected to be A$20-$25 ($14.56-$18.20).

Smash Music managing director John Denison comments, "The move is [more] to reward fans than beating bootleggers at their game. It could be lucrative for acts."

The discs will be packaged with exclusive cover art, including the venue and date of the show and a set list.

Pearl Jam, the Dead, Phish and Incubus are among the bands who in recent years have made available authorized bootlegs of their respective concerts. In the United States, DiscLive and Clear Channel's Instant Live have been selling on-site "bootlegs" since last year.