Twain Teams With Eagle Rock For New Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Country music superstar Shania Twain recently announced that she will embark on a farewell tour this year as she has decided to officially call it a career. The news took many by surprise. While the Canadian-born singer is starts counting down to the close of her career in country music, Eagle Rock Entertainment made an announcement this week that will soften the blow for her fans. The leader in live recordings, Eagle Rock Entertainment announced this week that it will release a new live recording from Twain this spring.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Thursday that it will release Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7th. The recording documents Twain’s three-year, 105-performance stint at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It boasts twenty-five hits from Twain’s extensive career including: ‘Rock This Country!,’ ‘Come On Over,’ ‘You’re Still The One,’ ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ and plenty of others. Twain was joined on-stage by a complete 13-piece band, dancers, trained horses, a flying motorcycle and even more Vegas glitz and glamour. The recording was produced by Shania and directed by Raj Kapoor. The complete set list for the recording is noted below:

SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas Track Listing:

  1. Opening
  2. I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
  3. You Win My Love
  4. Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
  5. Up!
  6. Good, Bad And Sexy (Interlude)
  7. I Ain’t No Quitter
  8. No One Needs To Know
  9. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  10. Any Man of Mine
  11. Shania Style (Interlude)
  12. That Don’t Impress Me Much
  13. Honey, I’m Home
  14. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here
  15. Carrie Anne
  16. Come On Over
  17. Love Gets Me Every Time
  18. Rock This Country!
  19. Today Is Your Day
  20. Black Horse, White Horse (Interlude)
  21. You’re Still The One
  22. From This Moment On
  23. Red Storm (Interlude)
  24. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
  25. Rock This Country!  (Live From Calgary) – Credits

Along with the extensive set list, Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas also includes over an hour of never-before-seen footage in the bonus documentary “Backstage Pass.” “Backstage Pass” takes fans behind the scenes of Twain’s live show from the early preparations and planning to training and rehearsals to costume design and much more. Being that she had a direct hand in her upcoming live recording, Twain was understandably optimistic about the final product stating, “This show has been my labor of love for over three years.” She added, “It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!”

Fans that didn’t get the chance to see Twain live during her stint in Vegas need not worry as she will hit the road this summer in support of her new release beginning June 5th in Seattle, Washington. The tour runs through August 23rd in Fresno, California and even includes a stop in North Carolina on July 19th at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The complete tour schedule is listed below:

“Rock This Country” Tour Dates:

June 5 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena

June 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

June 9 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

June 11 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

June 12 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

June 14 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre

June 15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

June 19 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

June 20 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

June 22 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre

June 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

June 25 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Wesley Clover Field

June 28 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

June 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

July 1 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum

July 3 – Uncasville, UT – Mohegan Sun

July 7 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

July 8 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

July 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

July 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

July 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial

July 16 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

July 18 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

July 19 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena

July 21 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

July 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

July 25 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

July 26 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

July 28 – Minneapolis, MS – Target Center

July 29 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

July 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

August 1 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

August 3 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

August 4 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

August 6 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

August 7 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

August 9 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center

August 10 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

August 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena

August 14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

August 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena

August 17 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

August 19 – Anaheim, CA – The Honda Center

August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

August 22 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

August 23 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center

Shania Twain has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide over the course of her career. U.S. sales of her albums have topped $34.5 million. This makes her the top-selling female country artists of all time. Her 1997 album Come On Over remains her best-selling album today, bringing in more than $15.6 million to date. This also makes it the best-selling country album to date and puts it among the Top 10 all-genre best sellers of all time.

More information on Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Elton John’s Latest Live Release Is One In A “Million”

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Next Tuesday, July 1st, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Elton John’s latest live recording, The Million Dollar Piano.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has long been the standard of success in live recordings from a variety of bands and artists.  And with this latest live recording, it remains once more the very standard by which other companies should base their live releases.  There is so much to appreciate in The Million Dollar Piano.  For starters, there is the show’s set list.  The show’s set list totals eighteen songs and nearly two hours in length.  Throughout the course of the performance, Elton John’s very performance makes the experience even more of a joy.  And making the performance whole is the concert’s combined audio and video mix.  All of these factors taken into consideration, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano proves to be one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings, and why Elton John remains one of the top entertainers in the music industry today.

Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano is such a joy of a concert first and foremost for the same reason that any other concert is enjoyable for audiences.  That reason is the near two-hour concert and its set list. Throughout the concert, John and his fellow musicians present to audiences eighteen fan favorite songs.   Among those fan favorites are the likes of: ‘Crocodile Rock,’ ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘The Bitch Is Back,’ ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and even some perhaps lesser-known pieces, too.   If the songs included in the main concert’s set list aren’t enough for audiences, then the bonus live performance from Kiev is certain to make audiences happy.  That grouping of songs includes another take of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ as well as performances of ‘Sacrifice,’ ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much,’ and the stirring tribute to the late Princess Diana, ‘Candle in The Wind.’  This bonus mini-concert of sorts puts the recording’s concert run time well over two hours.  And it is two-plus hours of pure enjoyment for audiences of all ages, too.

The set list compiled both for this recording’s primary concert and its bonus “mini-concert” recorded in Kiev together make Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano more than worth the money, whether one purchases it on DVD or Blu-ray.  However, the set list would be nothing without a solid performance from John and his fellow musicians and performers.  Thankfully a strong performance is exactly what audiences get.  He and his fellow band members deliver a solid performance from start to finish. Whether it be in the more upbeat songs or even the deeper, more emotional moments, John and company carry the concert with ease.  The performance is made even more enjoyable as John shares little tidbits and jokes with the audiences between songs.  He tells the audience in attendance about how his pianos are named and points out how the piano he is using in the show actually visually tells the audience what song he is playing as he plays.  His story about how his pianos are named will have audiences watching at home laughing just as much as those that were in attendance as he pokes fun at fellow pop star Madonna.  He also shares some more thought provoking moments as he explains how different songs such as ‘Blue Eyes,’ ‘Indian Summer,’ ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters’ came to life.  That willingness to joke with the audience and even share more personal stories builds a strong connection to audiences.  In turn, it makes his performance (and that of his band mates) even more enjoyable.  The on-stage presence of John and his band mates alongside the show’s set list together make this recording one that any fan of Elton John will definitely want to add to their personal library.  It still isn’t all that audiences will appreciate from this recording.  There is one more factor to examine from this concert that makes it a joy.  That factor is the concert’s collective audio and video mix.

The set list and overall performance by Elton John and his band mates more than make Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano a joy for audiences of all ages.  Even together, they would be nothing without the expert work of those behind the concert’s cameras and audio boards. The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace is an immense structure inside. Audiences will get to see its sheer size in watching this concert recording. And in doing so, will agree that it is anything but small. Taking that into account, those responsible for getting the best shots and keeping the audio levels evened out more than did their jobs. One of the best camera angles used throughout the concert is one that captures John right from keyboard level. Either there was a camera mounted on the piano or a videographer sitting just close enough to get that close up shot. Regardless of which is the case, the slightly angled shot mixed with a specific frame rate makes for a great shot. This is especially the case in some of the concert’s slower numbers. The wide shots are just as powerful in songs such as ‘Rocket Man,’ and ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me.’ That’s thanks in part to the video wall used behind the band. The combination of the two together makes such moments so powerful, emotionally speaking. Bigger, more bombastic numbers such as ‘Crocodile Rock’ and ‘The Bitch Is Back’ are equally complimented by the camera work in those numbers, too. The camera work on those numbers heightens their energy and in turn, makes them as enjoyable as any other moment throughout the concert.

The videography concert is a hugely important part of the extrinsic value to this concert recording. Much to the same level, the audio work is just as worthy of applause. Considering the sheer immensity of the Colosseum, it goes without saying that balancing the acoustics both for those in attendance and for those that will purchase this recording was extremely important. It looks to be almost the same size as England’s Albert Hall, if not perhaps slightly bigger. Those managing the concert’s audio levels both during and post-show are to be applauded just as much as those responsible for capturing the concert on video for their part in the final product. At no point in the concert does one performer overpower the other. It shows the expertise of those handling the concert’s audio duties. And thanks to such expert work, audiences can catch every single nuance of every song. Those with home theater systems will especially appreciate those painstaking efforts on the part of those at the audio boards. Such efforts, along with those of the camera crew and the performers, to entertain audiences have far more than paid off here. All things considered, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings and why Elton John remains to this day one of the top entertainers in the music industry.

Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano will be available next Tuesday, July 1st. It will be available both on DVD and Blu-ray. More information on the concert and Elton John’s current tour schedule is available now online at http://www.facebook.com/EltonJohn and http://www.eltonjohn.com. Audiences can also order the concert via John’s official website. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.ealge-rock.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock Releases Details Of New Elton John Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Wednesday that the company will release a new live recording from Elton John this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Million Dollar Piano on Tuesday, July 1st. The concert will be released to Blu-ray and DVD. It was originally recorded over multiple nights in 2013 during Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The famed pianist’s show has been running since September 2011. The latest leg of stint spanned sixteen shows from March 29th to April 26th, 2014. The concerts are a key collective point in John’s decades-long business relationship with Yamaha pianos.

The primary song list on both the DVD and Blu-ray presentation includes nineteen of John’s greatest hits. Among those songs are the likes of: ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Circle of Life’, ‘Blue Eyes’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, ‘I’m Still Standing’ and a number of others. Also included in the overall presentation are four songs that were recorded during a 2012 performance in Kiev. Those songs are: ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much)’, and ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’ There is also a bonus documentary featurette included on both the DVD and Blu-ray titled “The Making of the Million Dollar Piano.”

The Million Dollar Piano won’t cost fans a million dollars. The Blu-ray will retail for SRP of $19.98. The DVD will retail for SRP of $14.98. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com, http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt, and http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews. Fans can keep up with all the latest news from Elton John online at http://www.eltonjohn.com, http://www.facebook.com/EltonJohn and http://twitter.com/eltonjohndotcom. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.