Through Fire Unveils ‘Where You Lie’ Video

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Through Fire is giving audiences another taste of its recently re-issued album Breathe.

The band unveiled Tuesday the video for the album’s latest single Where You Lie.  The timing of the video’s release on Halloween was fitting considering that it was filmed in a setting meant to be a dimly lit forest that included some tombstones.  Even with that dark imagery, the song, which can be experienced with its new video here now, is anything but dark.

 

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Breathe’s deluxe re-issue is available now in stores and online via Sumerian Records.  The band will tour this fall in support of the re-issue on the 2017 Breakout Tour, which will also feature Danger Kids, Righteous Vendetta and American Sin as support acts.  The tour, whose schedule is noted below, launches Nov. 28 in Ringle, WI and currently runs through Dec. 16 in Omaha, NE.

2017 Breakout Tour Dates

Nov 28, Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

Nov-29 Route 20 Outhouse – Racine, WI

Nov-30, The Basement – Columbus, OH

Dec 01, The Limelight – Peoria, IL

Dec 02, The Outland – Springfield, MO

Dec 03, The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN

Dec 04, Capone’s – Johnson City, TN

Dec 05, Madison Live – Convington, KY

Dec 08, Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

Dec 09, House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX

Dec 10, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

Dec 12, Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Dec 13, The Forge – Joliet, IL

Dec 14, The Annex – Madison, WI

Dec 16, The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

More information on Through Fire’s new single, video, album re-issue, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ThroughFireMusic.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TFIREMUSIC

 

 

 

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Saxon Announces New Retrospective, Live Recording; Joining Judas Priest Live

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Saxon will release an extensive new hits collection this fall.

BMG will release the band’s new anthology Decade of the Eagle on Friday, Dec. 1.  The compilation will feature 34 tracks taken from the band’s first nine albums and liner notes from front man Biff Byford outlining that period of the band’s career.  It will also feature rare and classic pictures of the band from that period.

Byford said of the albums represented in this latest compilation that they represented a key moment in the band’s life, adding they are still as important today as they were in their original release.

“These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans from around the world, when British rock was once again at the front,” Byford said.  “Great times – never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day.”

Along with its standard CD  and LP release, Decade of the Eagle will also be released on a deluxe limited edition 4 LP and deluxe 2 CD platform.  Pre-orders are open now here.  The compilation’s full track listing is noted below.

TRACKLISTING
1 Stallions Of The Highway
2  Big Teaser
3  Backs To The Wall
4  Militia Guard
5  Wheels Of Steel
6  747 (Strangers In The Night)
7  Suzie Hold On
8  Motorcycle Man (live)
9  Strong Arm Of The Law
10  Heavy Metal Thunder
11  20,000ft (live)
12  Dallas 1PM
13  And The Bands Played On
14  Never Surrender
15  Denim And Leather
16  Fire In the Sky (live)
17  Princess Of The Night
18  Power & The Glory
19  This Town Rocks
20  The Eagle Has Landed
21  Midas Touch
22  Sailing To America
23  Crusader
24  Devil Rides Out
25  Back On The Streets
26  Rockin’ Again
27  Rock N’ Roll Gypsy
28  Broken Heroes
29  Waiting For The Night
30  Rock The Nations
31  Northern Lady
32  Battle Cry
33  Ride Like The Wind
34 Red Alert
1LP & 1CD Tracklist:
 
1 Backs To The Wall
2 Wheels Of Steel
3 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4 Strong Arm Of The Law
5 Denim And Leather
6 Power And The Glory
7 Sailing To America
8 Rock N’Roll Gypsy
9 Waiting For The Night
10 Ride Like The Wind

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Along with the new retrospective, the band will also soon release its latest live recording 10 Years of Denim and Leather on CD/DVD combo pack. Pre-orders for that recording are also open now.  The band’s most recent live recording Let Me Feel Your Power was released Oct. 28, 2016.

Courtesy: Judas Priest

The band will give audiences the chance to experience its live show in person next spring when it hits the road for the Firepower 2018 tour, headlined by Judas Priest. The tour, which will be in support of the band’s forthcoming album Firepower, launches March 13 in Wilkes-Barr, PA.  Black Star Riders will serve as support alongside Saxon.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Confirmed tour dates:
3/13/2018 Wilkes Barre, PA  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
3/15/2018 Youngstown, OH  Covelli Centre
3/17/2018 Uniondale, NY  Nassau Coliseum
3/18/2018 Washington, DC  The Anthem
3/20/2018 Newark, NJ  Prudential Center
3/22/2018 Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Arena
3/25/2018 Ottawa, ON  The Arena at TD Place
3/27/2018 London, ON  Budweiser Gardens
3/28/0208 Oshawa, ON  Tribute Communities Centre
3/30/2018 Orillia, ON  Casino Rama
3/31/2018 Detroit, MI  Detroit Masonic Temple
  4/3/2018 Milwaukee, WI  Riverside Theater
  4/5/2018 Green Bay, WI  Resch Center
  4/8/2018 Bloomington, IL  Grossinger Motors Arena
4/10/2018 Casper, WY  Casper Events Center
4/11/2018 Loveland, CO  Budweiser Events Center
4/15/2018 Kent, WA  ShoWare Center
4/17/2018 Portland, OR  Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/19/2018 San Francisco  The Warfield
4/22/2018 Los Angeles, CA  Microsoft Theater
4/24/2018 Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
4/26/2018 Tulsa, OK  BOK Center
4/28/2018 Dallas, TX  The Bomb Factory
4/29/2018 Sugarland, TX  Smart Financial Centre
  5/1/2018 San Antonio, TX  Freeman Coliseum

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Pop Evil Unveils New LP’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Pop Evil is giving audiences their first taste of its next album.

The band has unveiled the video for its new single ‘Walking Lions,’ which will be included in the band’s next album, tentatively set to be released Feb. 16 via Entertainment One.  The song, which is a solid hard rock composition akin to music from Sevendust, Otherwise and similar acts, is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band both musically and lyrically.  Audiences can view the video online now here.

The band’s new album, its fifth full-length studio recording, is tentatively a self-titled release and will come a little more than two years after the release of the band’s fourth album UpUp was released Aug. 21, 2015.

The band will go back on the road this fall in support of its new album beginning Nov. 16 in Lexington, KY.  Its nearly three-week- tour runs through Dec. 2 and includes performances in Warrendale, PA; Huntsville, Ala; Nashville, TN and other cities.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES
Nov 16 – Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
Nov 17 – Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
Nov 18 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
Nov 21 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
Nov 22 – Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
Nov 25 – Regency Live – Springfield, MO
Nov 26 – Sammy T’s Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
Nov 29 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Dec 01 – The Apollo Theatre Ac – Belvidere, IL
Dec 02 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule Gets Early Start This Week

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The ESPN networks’ college football coverage gets off to an early start this week.

The networks’ week 10 broadcast schedule opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2 as Ohio State plays host to Miami (Ohio).  Bowling Green will be on the road against Kent State at the same time on ESPNU.  The broadcasts follow immediately the first of the season’s college football playoffs standings announcement broadcast, which airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ Week 10 broadcast schedule continues at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2 as Bowling Green will face Kent State on the road.  ESPN and ESPNU continue the action Wednesday with three more games on the slate, the first of which – Northern Illinois at Toledo – is scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start on ESPNU.  Temple will play Navy at 8 p.m. on ESPN while Troy hosts Idaho at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

No. 22 Memphis and Tulsa open the networks’ weekend college football broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN2 while No. 13 Virginia and No. 9 Miami will headline the networks’ extensive Saturday schedule.  The teams will play live under the lights on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.

This weekend’s action winds down at 10:45 p.m. Saturday as Fresno State hosts BYU on ESPN2.  The ESPN networks’ full Week 10 college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

Please note: AP Rankings were used in this release; however, College Football Playoff rankings will be used starting Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and through the duration of the season

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tue, Oct 31

8 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
Mike Corey, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

Bowling Green at Kent State

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 1

8 p.m.

Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

Thu, Nov 2

6 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Toledo

Mike Couzens, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Navy at Temple

Dave Flemming, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr., Laura Rutledge

ESPN

 

9:15 p.m.

Idaho at Troy

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 3

8 p.m.

No. 22 Memphis at Tulsa

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 4

Noon

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

No. 16 Auburn at Texas A&M

TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Kevin Winter and Dusty Dvoracek

ESPN & ESPN Radio

 

Florida at Missouri

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

 

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

 

UMass at No. 21 Mississippi State

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

 

Sacred Heart at Bryant

ESPN3

 

Evangel at Avila

ESPN3

 

Valparaiso at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

California (PA) at Edinboro

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

Syracuse at Florida State

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Presbyterian at Monmouth

ESPN3

 

Western Illinois at Illinois State

ESPN3

 

Youngstown State at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Chattanooga at Wofford

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Western Carolina at The Citadel

ESPN3

 

Missouri State at Southern Illinois

ESPN3

 

South Dakota at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

 

Incarnate Word at Sam Houston State

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe

Jim Barbar, Watson Brown 

ESPN3

 

Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Matt Stewart, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

 

New Mexico State at Texas State

David Saltzman, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

 

North Dakota State at South Dakota State

ESPN3

 

West Alabama at Valdosta State

ESPN3

 

SE Oklahoma State at Arkansas Tech

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

No. 6 Clemson at No. 20 NC State

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

 

No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

 

No. 14 Iowa State at West Virginia

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

 

South Florida at Connecticut

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

 

Charlotte at Old Dominion

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Ole Miss at Kentucky

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

Coastal Carolina at Arkansas

Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones

SEC Network Alternate

 

Cincinnati at Tulane

Shawn Kenney, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

 

Louisiana at South Alabama

Dave Weekley, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

Butler at Stetson

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

North Alabama at West Florida

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Limestone at Wingate

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Nevada at Boise State
Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

Grand Valley State at Ashland

ESPN3

 

Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese

ESPN3

 

Central Arkansas at Lamar

ESPN3

 

7:15 p.m.

Texas at No. 10 TCU

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

No. 15 UCF at SMU

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

7:30 p.m.

Southern Miss at Tennessee

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10 p.m.

Oregon at No. 12 Washington
Bill Rowsinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

 

10:30 p.m.

San Diego State at San Jose State

Kevin Brown, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

10:45 p.m.

No. 23 Arizona at No. 17 USC

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

BYU at Fresno State

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPN2

Please note: Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network games are exclusive

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Ellefson Coffee Company To Mark Its Expansion Next Month With Hometown Party

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Ellefson Coffee Company is expanding its presence in its hometown, and its founder will be on hand to help mark the occasion.  .

Dace Ellefson, the company’s founder (and Megadeth bassist) will return to his hometown (and his company’s home town) Nov. 18 to celebrate the birthday of Kat’s Hog Heaven, the latest of the town’s local retailers to carry the company’s coffee.  The special birthday/end-of-year celebration will feature a display of various memorabilia from Ellefson’s Museum of Deth, which includes items from throughout Ellefson’s career.

The Ron Keel Band, who recently signed to EMP Label Group’s new Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw will provide musical entertainment for the event.  As an added touch, the celebration will also feature the debut of Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Jackson House Blend line.

Ellefson said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the forthcoming event.

“I am so excited to return to Jackson and welcome our newest ECC retailer, Kat’s Hog Heaven, and unveil the Jackson House Blend!,” Ellefson said.  “Since we started ECC we have scoured the world to find a reasonably priced coffee that will adhere to the high quality standards we have set for ECC, and we are sure we have hit the jackpot with the Jackson House Blend.  I am also extremely excited to welcome my old friend Ron Keel to Jackson and showcase the latest addition to the EMP family!”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marketing/Operations Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The last time we went to Jackson, it was an absolute blast,” Hazert said.  “We’re so stoked to go back and introduce our new blend that pays homage to David’s hometown, and the great people of Minnesota!  And this time we’re dragging Ron Keel along for the ride!  We’ll also have tons of giveaways and surprises, so definitely get down and see us at Kat’s!!! (And try some of Donnie’s amazing BBQ).”

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Website: http://Ellefsoncoffeecompany.com

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ESPN Giving Football Fans Their Own Special Halloween Treats

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Football fans will get a special treat of their own throughout the day Tuesday to celebrate Halloween.

ESPN’s NFL Live will present its annual Midseason Awards special at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Trey Wingo will host the 90-minute special.  He will be joined by analysts Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick for additional commentary.

Tuesday afternoon’s broadcast will honor the National Football League’s top players, teams, coaches and moments from the first half of the NFL’s 2017 – ’18 season.  The categories featured in the broadcast include:  Defensive and Offensive player of the year, coach of the year, Comeback Player of the year and much more.  The full list of categories and nominees in each is noted below.

2017 NFL Live Midseason Awards nominees:

·        Defensive Player of the Year: Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), Everson Griffen (Vikings), Calais Campbell (Jaguars) and Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Player of the Year (Non-QB): Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Todd Gurley (Rams), Antonio Brown (Steelers) and Leonard Fournette (Jaguars)

·        Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (Rams), Doug Pederson (Eagles), Mike Zimmer (Vikings) and Andy Reid (Chiefs)

·        Most Surprising Team: Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles

·        Sunday Best (game day wardrobe): Antonio Brown (Steelers) vs. Cam Newton (Panthers)

·        Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jourdan Lewis (Cowboys), Marshon Lattimore (Saints), Tre’Davious White (Bills) and TJ Watt (Steelers)

·        Best Offseason Acquisition: Andrew Whitworth (Rams), Brandin Cooks (Patriots), Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Calais Campbell (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) and DeShaun Watson (Texans)

·        Play of the Year: Kenny Stills catch (Dolphins), Derek Carr’s game-winning pass to Michael Crabtree (Raiders), David Njoku one-handed diving catch (Browns), Cole Beasley catches pass on back (Cowboys)

·        MVP: Carson Wentz (Eagles), Alex Smith (Chiefs), DeShaun Watson (Texans) and Tom Brady (Patriots)

·        Comeback Player of the Year: Derek Carr (Raiders), Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), Keenan Allen (Chargers) and Jaylon Smith (Cowboys)

·        Best Celebration: Duck Duck Goose (Vikings), Playing Baseball (Eagles), Hide and Seek (Steelers) and Bobsled (Packers)

Later in the evening, The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Weekly Rating will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m.  Tuesday night’s broadcast is the committee’s first in-season ranking this season.

The rankings will be broadcast weekly on Tuesday nights right up to the final ranking at noon Dec. 3 on ESPN.  The Dec. 3 broadcast will also include the announcement of the 2017 – ’18 College Football playoffs.

Rece Davis will host each week’s rankings broadcast and will be joined by analysts Paul Finebaum, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit, Booker McFarland, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack.

Along with the rankings announcement, each week’s broadcast will also include an interview with College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt, reaction from coaches to the rankings discussion on each announcement.

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‘Live in Prague’ Will “Score” With Zimmer’s Fans And Movie Buffs Alike

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Hans Zimmer is one of the most respected and sought after composers in the entertainment industry today.  With credits reaching all the way back to 1982’s Moonlighting, which starred Jeremy Irons, and as recent as 2017’s Genius, which recently aired on National Geographic Channel and starred Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush as the young and adult Albert Einstein respectively, Zimmer has successfully worked on dozens of movies television programs and even music videos throughout his career.  This coming Friday, Nov. 3, audiences will get to experience some of Zimmer’s work firsthand in a new live setting thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live recording Hans Zimmer Live in Prague.  Originally recorded live May 7, 2016 in Prague during Zimmer’s successful European concert tour, this two-hour, 18-minute concert is a clear example of why Zimmer is considered one of the entertainment industry’s great musical minds.  That is due in part to the songs and movies that make up the concert’s set list.  The visuals that are incorporated into the concert are just as certain as the set list to keep audiences entertained and engaged.  They will be discussed later.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important element.  Each element is important in its own right to ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  All things considered, the noted elements make Hans Zimmer Live in Prague a solid example of why Zimmer is one of the entertainment industry’s most respected figures.

Hans Zimmer Live in Prague is a concert experience unlike almost everything that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released in recent years.  That is because unlike so many of the company’s previous recordings, this is a full orchestral performance rather than a performance put on by a band, act or group.  It is a modern classical concert that through its snapshot of Zimmer’s career, shows why Zimmer’s is such a respected musical mind.  That is due in part to that snapshot.  The concert features songs used in some of the key moments in Zimmer’s career including Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Driving Miss Daisy as well as some of the lesser-known movies to which he contributed.  Those lesser-known movies include Crimson Tide (1995), The Thin Red Line (1998) and True Romance (1993).  Simply put, the movies and songs selected for the concert are but a glimpse into an otherwise extensive concert, yet still serve collectively to paint a clear picture of his career despite this fact.

On another level, the concert’s set list proves important to the concert’s presentation because of the thought put into its ordering.  Audiences will note that the concert starts off on a light-hearted note with ‘Driving,’ from Driving Miss Daisy, a gentle composition centered around Zimmer’s work on piano and Richard Harvey’s work on clarinet.  From there, the concert’s energy gradually builds more and more with each song until finally relaxing again late in its run in the performance of ‘You’re So Cool’ from True Romance. The set list becomes even more reserved – albeit momentarily – as Zimmer and his fellow musicians make their way into the theme song from the hit 1988 Dustin Hoffman/Tom Cruise hit Rain Man before building back again as it moves into ‘What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World?’, taken from the 2013 Superman incarnation Man of Steel.  The energy remains high for quite a while from here before pulling back noticeably in the tribute to the victims of the 2012 Aurora, CO movie theater shooting in the aptly titled ‘Aurora.’  Once again, the energy builds back again following that deeply moving composition as the organization makes its way through a pair of medleys from Interstellar and Inception to close out the show.  The way in which the whole show closes is the perfect accent to that final crescendo as it closes out the concert in expert fashion.  It is just one more way in which the set list proves pivotal to the concert’s presentation.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this concert’s set list is such an important piece of its whole.  If any one thing can be said negative to the set list, it would be that considering his extensive resume, it would have been nice to have received more than just his most recent blockbuster action flick compositions.  It would have been nice to have seen August Rush (2007), the 2010 TV mini-series The Pacific and maybe even The Simpsons Movie since he had a direct hand in that movie, too.  While it is nice to see as many classics as are represented here, it would have been nice to see them balanced with more of his body of work rather than so many of his major blockbuster work.  That is not to say the set list should have been longer, but rather just more representative of Zimmer’s current body of work.  Even with this in mind, the set list still proves regardless to be its own important part of the recording’s whole.  It is only one of the key elements to note in examining this recording.  The visuals incorporated into the concert are just as important to discuss as the concert’s set list.

The visuals incorporated into this concert are so important to discuss because of the impact that they have when coupled with the music.  Rather than just putting the scenes to which each composition was connected in its respective movie, Zimmer and company instead chose to use more random visualizations to illustrate the songs’ energies.  The visuals used in partner with ‘Journey to the Red Line’ (from The Thin Red Line) is one of the are among the hardest hitting because of their simplicity.  A dotted red line pulses behind the orchestra in time with the pulse of the song’s beat, and grows in its intensity along with the arrangement’s intensity.  This simple approach goes a long way toward illustrating the song’s emotional depth and power.  Whether or not audiences have seen The Thin Red Line, the use of that visual, when coupled with the equally engaging arrangement, lets audiences know that this arrangement obviously was meant to illustrate a very tense situation.  It does an impressive job of illustrating that emotion, too.  In the same vein, the strobes and flashing colors used in ‘The Electro Suite’ (taken from The Amazing Spiderman 2) couple with the song’s guitar-driven, almost rock style arrangement to give audiences a vivid picture of how Electro came to being in that movie even without having seen the movie.  It is yet another truly intense moment that is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  On a serious side note, moments such as this may be considered dangerous for any viewer who might suffer from epilepsy because of the constant flashing of the lights.  That must be noted.  Even when the visuals are as simple as changing colors, such as in the theme from Crimson Tide, that minimalist approach proves useful, too.  That is because the colors themselves serve to illustrate the mood created first through the music.  It is just one more example of why the visualizations incorporated into this concert are so important to its presentation, and is hardly the last example that could be cited.  Keeping this in mind, the concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.

The companion booklet included with Hans Zimmer Live in Prague is important to the recording’s whole because of the background that it offers audiences before they take in the concert from the comfort of their homes.  Jeremy Thomas writes in the recording’s liner notes the reason that Prague was chosen as the site for this recording – he notes the country’s history played a big part in that choice – Zimmer’s willingness from one song to the next to not stick to just one type of musical grouping, allowing electric guitars to be married with pan flutes and other non-traditional instruments in some points while using other more traditional groupings in others.  As if this is not enough, Thomas also gives a concise summary of the concert and much more through his liner notes.  Between the items noted here and those not discussed, the whole of the material discussed throughout the booklet’s liner notes offers its own enjoyment for audiences.  When that enjoyment is considered along with the enjoyment offered through the concert’s set list and visualizations, the whole of those elements shows why this one-of-a-kind recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment will “score” with Zimmer’s fans and movie buffs alike.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s forthcoming recording Hans Zimmer Live in Prague is a work that is certain to “score” with Zimmer’s fans and with movie buffs alike.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  Despite lifting liberally from the most recent blockbusters which Zimmer scored, the set list does include songs from some of the lesser-known movies on which Zimmer worked, too.  The visualizations used in each song (and medley) adds its own touch to the recording.  Rather than relying on footage from the songs’ associated movies, random visualizations are used throughout, allowing audiences to create their own scenes in their own minds.  The liner notes included in the recording’s companion booklet put the finishing touch on the recording.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make this recording one that will, again, “score” with Zimmer’s fans and movie buffs alike.  It will be available Friday, Nov. 3 in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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