Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release The Rolling Stones’ Iconic Cuba Concert This Fall

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Early this spring, The Rolling Stones made headlines the world over when it did something that no band has ever done.  The band became the first rock act to ever perform a free, live show in the city of Havana.  Now this fall audiences will be able to experience that landmark concert for themselves when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba.

The new Rolling Stones live recording, captured by award-winning film director Paul Dugdale, will be released in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.

One million people turned out for the concert, which was held the very same week that President Obama became the first United States President to visit Cuba in 88 years.  His visit was touted by countless news agencies around the world as the “warm up act” for The Rolling Stones.

When the band took the stage, front man Mick Jagger addressed the crowd quoting fellow Bob Dylan as he said, “Finally the times are changing. Cuba, we are so happy to be here.  The concert’s extensive set list featured many of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Start Me Up,’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction),’ among many other songs.  The complete track listing for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

2) It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)

3) Out of Control

4) Angie

5) Paint It Black

6) Honky Tonk Women

7) You Got the Silver

8) Midnight Rambler

9) Gimme Shelter

10) Sympathy For The Devil

11) Brown Sugar

12) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

13) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

 

The band’s performance was hailed by the audience with at least one fan saying, “Wow, never ever did I think we would see this happen.  Tonight has been a dream come true for me.”

That statement was echoed by another fan who said, “Simply fantastic – this is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time.  I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba because this is The Rolling Stones.”

Audiences can check out a trailer for the upcoming recording online now here.

Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba will be available in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.  It will be available on DVD + 2CD Combo Pack, Blu-ray + 2 CD Combo Pack, DVD + 3LP Vinyl Combo Pack, and a special limited edition Deluxe Edition.

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Interview Options, Altered Set List Make Eagle Rock’s New Styx Live Re-Issue Stand Out

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?  Not so fast.  If everything that happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas then there’s no telling how many live performances held there would ever go unseen by audiences.  Thankfully Eagle Rock Entertainment has made sure throughout the years that many of those performances do get to audiences.  Earlier this month the company released yet another concert recorded in Las Vegas in the form of Styx’s new live recording Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas.  For fans of the veteran rock outfit there is plenty to appreciate about this re-issued recording beginning with its set list.  The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note as the set list itself to the recording’s presentation.  The option to watch the concert both with and without interviews rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element is, in itself, an important part of the recording’s presentation.  All things considered this latest live offering from Styx proves to be another recording that all of the band’s fans will appreciate.

Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas is not the first live Styx recording that Eagle Rock Entertainment has ever released.  The leader in live recordings, Eagle Rock Entertainment also released Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live in 2011 on multiple platforms and this concert itself was originally released last summer on July 24th.  Even with this in mind, it is still a recording that Styx fans will welcome for a number of reasons.  The first of those reasons is the concert’s set list.  Audiences will note in comparing the set list presented in the concert’s new re-issue to that of the concert’s original release, there are some stark differences.  The original concert recording boasted a total of twelve songs, reaching as far back as the band’s 1973 album Styx II and as recent as 1981’s Paradise Theater.  By comparison, the concert’s new re-issue presents a total of nine songs, one of which is not included in the original recording—‘Genki Desu Ka,’ taken from the band’s 2003 album Cyclorama.  It also means that at least three of the songs included in the original recording are missing from this recording.  Why Eagle Rock went this route with the record’s re-issue is anyone guess.  It would have made more sense to present the concert in whole.  Maybe if the concert gets another re-issue, audiences will get the entire concert in one complete presentation.  That aside, the set list presented in this recording is still largely the same as that in the concert’s original recording.  It just has one addition not include in the original presentation.  Keeping that in mind, the set list still proves itself to be at least one of the recording’s positives even with it having a slightly shorter set list.  The concert’s set list is just one of its most notable elements.  The band’s stage presence throughout the performance is just as important to note as the featured set list.

The set list that is featured in Styx’s newly re-issued Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas concert is in itself a key piece of the concert’s presentation to note. That is because of the differences that it presents from the set list featured in the recording’s original set list.  The set list featured in this re-issue is shorter than that of the original recording’s set list by three songs.  At the same time it also features one song not included in the concert’s original set list.  Even with the differences in mind the concert’s set list is not a total loss.  If anything the differences in the set lists give hope that eventually Eagle Rock will release one more presentation of the concert whose set list is complete. After all, the third time, it’s said, is the charm.  Now keeping this in mind the band’s performance of the concert’s set list is just as important to note in this re-issue as the featured set list.  Audiences will be glad to know that they get the same stage presence here as in the concert’s original set list.  That is saying plenty, too.  The band exhibits its years of experience with the utmost confidence from beginning to end here.  Front man Tommy Shaw and guitarist James Young keep the crowd at the Orleans Arena completely entertained in their own right while drummer Todd Sucherman keeps the band moving through it all.  Keyboardist Lawrence Gowan adds his own spice to each song, too along with bassist Chuck Panozzo.  All things considered, the band in whole shows from beginning to end that thanks to its years of experience its stage presence is just as entertaining today as it was in its youth.  Considering all of this, it should be clear why the band’s stage presence is just as important here as the concert’s set list, even with the set list being shorter than that of the concert’s original presentation.  The band’s stage presence and the show’s set list are not the concert’s only key elements in its new re-issue.  That Eagle Rock gives audiences the option to watch the concert with or without the cut-in interview segments rounds out its most important elements.

The set list that is featured in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s re-issued of Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas and Styx’s performance of said song are both key elements in the overall presentation of the concert.  The band’s performance of the set list makes up for the fact that the set list is shortened in comparison to that of the show’s original presentation.  As important as each element is to the concert’s re-issue, they are not the concert’s only key elements.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has given audiences the option to watch the concert with or without the interview segments in the concert’s new re-issue.  This is key to note because the concert’s primary presentation includes the interviews as part of the concert’s whole.  The concert sans band interviews is included with the recording as a bonus, which is intriguing to say the least.  One would have thought that it would have been the other way around.  Regardless, the fact that Eagle Rock has offered audiences the chance to see the concert with or without the interviews in question makes the concert’s experience all the fuller.  When this is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list, all three elements join to make  Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas another enjoyable experience for any Styx fan that can’t get their hands on the concert’s original release.  Keeping this in mind, one can only hope that eventually Eagle Rock Entertainment will release one last take on the show and give the concert (and the band and its fans) the concert experience that they deserve from this show.  In the meantime this recording will still do for fans who can’t get the recording’s original release.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas is a good experience for audiences who haven’t or can’t get their hands on the concert’s original release, which was also released last year via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  That is due in part to the concert’s largely similar set list and the band’s performance thereof.  The ability for audiences to watch the concert with or without the additional interview segments with the band’s members rounds out the re-issue’s most important elements.  One can only hope that eventually Eagle Rock Entertainment will put the whole thing together and release the concert in whole for the band and its fans.  Until or unless that happens, this recording will still entertain audiences in its own right.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the latest Styx news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.styxworld.com

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Fall Out Boy Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Fall Out Boy has a new live recording on the way next month, and it will be released exclusive by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live In Chicago will be released Friday, October 21st in stores and online. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms.

The performance presented in this recording was held during the band’s most recent tour, which spanned 39 cities across North America.  The concert’s set list features 17 songs from the band’s catalogue including: ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down,’ ‘Dance, Dance,’ ‘This Ain’t A Scene,’ ‘Thnks Fr The Mmrs’ and ‘My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)’ among a handful of the band’s other popular songs.  Those other songs include recent Fall Out Boy hits ‘Centuries,’ ‘Uma Thurman’ and ‘Irresistable.’

As a special added bonus to the recording,  rap star Whiz Kalifa joins the band in its performance of ‘Uma Thurman,’ just one of the songs included in Fall Out Boy’s latest album American Beauty/American Psycho.

Fans can pre-order Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago now both on DVD and Blu-ray.

The complete set list for The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is noted below.

TRACK LISTING (ALL FORMATS)
 
1.     Sugar, We’re Goin Down
2.     Irresistible
3.     The Phoenix
4.     A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”
5.     Thriller
6.     Alone Together
7.     This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
8.     Immortals
9.     Young Volcanoes
10.  Dance, Dance
11.  American Beauty / American Psycho
12.  Uma Thurman
13.  Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
14.  I Don’t Care
15.  Centuries
16.  My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
17.  Saturday

DVD & BD formats include these bonus promo videos:
1.     Centuries
2.     Irresistible
3.     Uma Thurman
Audiences can check out a teaser for the new recording online now here.
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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Iggy Pop Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new live recording from legendary rocker Iggy Pop this fall.

Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, October 28th. The performance presented in the recording was originally recorded May 13, 2016 at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall.

Post Pop Depression was co-created by Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).  Home produced the record, which has since gone on to be one of Iggy Pop’s most well-received records in a number of years.

Along with having helmed the new album, Homme also serves as part of Pop’s backing band for the performance presented in this recording.  The pair is joined for the performance by Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age band mates Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen as well as guitarist Matt Sweeney.

Post Pop Depresion: Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, October 28th in stores and online.  It will be available as a DVD + 2CD combo pack and a Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack.  The DVD + 2CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 and the Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack for $26.98.

Fans can pre-order the concert’s DVD + 2CD combo pack and its Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack online now.

Audiences can check out a performance of ‘The Passenger,’ which is included in the concert, online now via YouTube.

The full track listing for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING 

1) Lust For Life

2) Sister Midnight

3) American Valhalla

4) Sixteen

5) In The Lobby

6) Some Weird Sin

7) Funtime

8) Tonight

9) Sunday

10) German Days

11) Mass Production

12) Nightclubbing

13) Gardenia

14) The Passenger

14) China Girl

15) Break Into Your Heart

16) Fall In Love With Me

17) Repo Man

18) Baby

19) Chocolate Drops

20) Paraguay

21) Success

 

More information on Post Pop Depression: Live at The Royal Albert Hall is available online now along with all of Iggy Pop’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.iggypop.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iggypop

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iggypop

 

 

 

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Website: http://www.qotsa.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QOTSA

Twitter: http://twitter.com/qotsa

 

 

 

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‘Live In Manila’ Re-Issue Is A Great Musical “Journey” For Journey Fans

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On March 14th, 2009 Journey performed a landmark concert in Manila before thousands of fans.  The concert was a landmark for the band because it marked a homecoming for the band’s then new front man Arnel Pineda. It marked the first time that Pineda had performed in front of his fellow countrymen since joining the band two years prior in 2007.  Though, not the first time that Pineda had performed with the band since he replaced former front man Steve Augeri—who left the band in 2006—it was still a very special performance both for Pineda and for his band mates.  It ended up being recorded for DVD and released on DVD the same month.  Now seven years following its original release, that same concert will be re-issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment on separate DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack, and digital platforms.  The concert will be released this Friday in stores and online.  For fans that were not lucky enough to get their hands on the concert’s original presentation, this upcoming re-issue offers plenty to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed later.  The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is another positive to the concert.  Last but definitely not least of note in to the new re-issue’s presentation is its companion booklet.  Each element presents its own importance to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Journey: Live in Manila yet another clear example of what makes Eagle Rock Entertainment the leading name in live entertainment and why Journey remains today one of the most respected bands in the rock community.

Journey: Live in Manila is yet another example of what makes Eagle Rock Entertainment the leading name in live recordings and why Journey remains today one of the most respected bands in the rock community.  That is due in part to the concert’s extensive set list.  The twenty-six song set list spans two CDs and almost every era of the veteran band’s life.  Fans will especially appreciate in examining the recording that every song featured in the recording’s CD presentation is also included in its DVD and Blu-ray presentation, too.  On the surface that might not seem like much to some audiences.  But the reality of the matter is that there are many live recordings out there that feature set lists which vary between their CD presentations and DVD/BD presentations.  That includes not only their sequencing but also in the very omission of songs in one format or the other.  They are not rare but they are not overly prominent either.  That being the case, the fact that the set list presented in this concert is exactly the same both in terms of its featured songs and its sequencing is a major positive to note.  The fact that it reaches through so much of Journey’s catalogue makes the show’s set list even more notable.  The set list is, of course, just one of the concert’s most notable elements.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the extensive two hour plus concert is just as important to note in its presentation as the shows set list.
The extensive set list that is presented in Journey: Live in Manila is a hugely important part of the concert’s presentation. That is because it reaches through so much of the band’s catalogue.  It is also important to note because even now in the concert’s re-issue the show’s set list remains the same on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.  It stays the same both in terms of its makeup and its sequencing.  It is just one part of what makes the concert’s presentation so enjoyable for fans in this new re-issue.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the featured set list.  Whether in its CD presentation or in its DVD/BD presentation, the band’s stage presence is incredible from beginning to end.  Pineda proves at every point that the band made the right choice bringing him in as its new front man.  From his vocal prowess to his very charisma and energy, Pineda keeps the throngs completely engaged in his homecoming.  Pineda’s band mates are just as impressive in their performances, too. Between the powerhouse riffs provided by guitarist Neil Schon, the creative and impeccable time keeping of drummer Deen Castronovo, Jonathan Cain’s keyboard lines, and bassist Ross Valory’s bass line, every member of the band brings his own special touch to the band’s overall stage presence.  Altogether, the energy exuded by the band puts the show over the top.  That is especially the case when the band’s presence is coupled with the set list itself.  When both elements are set against one another, the reasons for Journey fans to own this collection become even clearer.  They are not the only elements that are worth noting in the recording’s presentation, though.  As with so many Eagle Rock recordings, the recording’s companion booklet plays its own important part here believe it or not.
The set list that is featured in Journey: Live in Manila and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements to the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because of their ability to entertain home audiences just as much as the audiences that were in attendance for the original concert.  Both elements succeed entirely.  They are not the only key elements to consider in this recording, however.  Believe it or not, the concert’s companion booklet plays a part in the concert’s presentation that is just as important as the concert’s set list and the band’s stage presence.  That is because the booklet sets up the concert contained in the various platforms.  It shows once again why there will always be a place for physical copies of any recording even in a digital age.   The companion booklet sets up the concert by presenting a written background on how Arnel Pineda came to be Journeys then new front man and the importance of his performance with the band in his home country only a couple of years after he first joined the band.  Even being in written form, that brief but concise history paints a rich picture of the band’s rebirth and its triumphant “return” of sorts upon that rebirth.  It is a picture that is so rich that it is easy to see everything unfold in one’s own mind.  It shows why the booklet, as simple as it might be, is just as important to the concert’s presentation and experience as are the shows featured set list and the band’s performance thereof.  What’s even more interesting is that it still is not the last element that could be noted.  The top notch audio and video mix could be noted just as much as the concert’s packaging, too.  But those are elements for another discussion.  All things considered, Journey: Live in Manila shows in the end once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings and why Journey remains to this day one of the most respected bands in the rock community.
Journey: Live in Manila is a must have recording for any true fan of the veteran rock outfit.  It is one more clear example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.  It is just as much an example of why Journey remains today one of the most respected acts in the rock community.  That is evidenced through the set list featured in this recording, the band’s performance thereof, and companion booklet that comes with the recording’s new re-issue.  One could also cite the recording’s packaging as a positive and its top notch production values, too.  Each element is important in its own right.  That goes without saying.  All in all this re re-issue shows itself to be a welcome addition to any Journey fan’s music library.  It will be available tomorrow, September 9th in stores and online.  More information on Journey: Live in Manila is available online now at:
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Santana Teams With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has partnered with Carlos Santana once again for another new live recording from the veteran guitarist.

Santana IV: Live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas will be released Friday, October 21st in stores and online.  It will be released on DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack, and digital formats.  The concert presented in the new release was recorded March 21st, 2016 at the House of Blues, Las Vegas.  It features the classic Santana lineup – the same lineup that recorded Santana IV, which was released this past April.

The recording features performances of songs from Santana IV and classic hits from the original Santana lineup’s first three albums.  That set list includes the likes of ‘Jingo,’ ‘Soul Sacrifice,’ ‘Samba Pa Ti,’ ‘Black Magic Woman,’ ‘Evil Ways,’ ‘Oye Como Va,’ ‘Everybody’s Everything’ and many others.  The full set list for the recording is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Soul Sacrifice

2) Jingo

3) Evil Ways

4) Everybody’s Everything

5) Shake It

6) Anywhere You Want To Go

7) Medley: Choo Choo / All Aboard

8) Samba Pa Ti

9) Medley: Batuka / No One To Depend On

10) Leave Me Alone

11) Sueño

12) Caminando

13) Medley: Blues Magic / Echizo

14) Come As You Are

15) Yambu

16) Medley: Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen / Oye Como Va

17) Medley: Love Makes The World Go Round (w/ Ronald Isley)

18) Freedom In Your Mind (w/ Ronald Isley)

19) Toussaint L’Overture

Along with the concert’s main feature, Eagle Rock Entertainment has included interviews with the band’s members as bonus material.

The recording is available now for pre-order on DVD + 2CD combo pack and Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack.  Audiences can check out a preview of ‘Oye Como Va’ online now here before the concert is released.

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KISS’ Latest Live Recording Lives Up To Its Title

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Late last year, veteran rock band KISS played a nine-night residency at Las Vegas’ famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Now almost a year later, one of those shows has been made available to audiences in the form of the band’s new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas.  Released just this week, the extensive recording offers audiences and members of the KISS Army to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage show and presence are just as important to the concert as the set list.  That will be discussed later.  The varied platforms on which the concert is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make KISS Rocks Vegas one more must have for any KISS fan whether just a fan or a longtime member of the KISS Army.

KISS’ new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas is hardly the band’s first ever live recording.  It is, however a welcome addition to any KISS fan’s collection.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1974 self-titled debut and all the way up to its 1998 album Psycho Circus to make up its body.  The band’s 1976 album Destroyer is most heavily represented in this set list with no fewer than five of its songs presented here.  Those songs are: ‘Beth,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘God of Thunder,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ and ‘Do You Love Me.’  Love Gun (1977) receives three nods with ‘Christine Sixteen,’ ‘Love Gun,’ and ‘Plaster Caster.’  These are just some of the band’s hit songs included in the twenty-three-song set.  The band obviously couldn’t pull songs from every one of its albums in just one show.  That would require a set list that would lead to a much more extensive recording.  Of course odds are that few, if any, KISS fans would complain about that.  Keeping that in mind the show’s extensive set list gives audiences plenty to appreciate in the bigger picture of this recording.  The band’s show and stage presence combine to make for another important part of the recording’s presentation.

The extensive twenty-three song set that is featured in KISS’ new live recording is clearly pivotal to the recording’s overall presentation.  It obviously doesn’t cover the band’s entire catalogue of hits and albums.  But audiences will agree that it does cover quite a bit of ground.  It is just one of the key features of the recording, too.  The band’s overall show and its stage presence throughout are collectively just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The band’s stage show is just as intense as it was in the band’s heyday.  Those that have seen the band’s live shows from its early days will agree with that sentiment.  It includes all of the pyro, lights, and other over-the-top elements for which the band has come to be known.  The camera crew’s work in capturing that intensity is to be applauded, too.  That is because it does such an impressive job translating that intensity to audiences at home.  In the same vein the band’s actual presence throughout the concert is just as notable.  All four members of the band give one hundred percent and then some in entertaining the audience in attendance.  Paul Stanley commands the stage and the audience.  Fellow founding member Gene Simmons expertly compliments Stanley’s persona with his own *ahem* fiery energy throughout the show.  One would expect that both men would take it easy at their age, as so many older performers do.  But neither one does.  Rather, they give their all because the audience gave its all, too.  Even current drummer and guitarist Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer put in their share of energy, too in their performances.  The combined efforts of all four men make the band’s stage presence in itself intense and wholly entertaining.  The band’s actual stage show couples with that performance to make both elements one whole that is just as important to this recording as the show’s set list.  Even collectively, they are still not all that makes KISS Rocks Vegas another standout live recording from what is considered by many to be “the greatest band in the world.”  The varied platforms on which this recording is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.

The set list that is featured in KISS Rocks Vegas works with the bands stage presence and stage show to give KISS fans more than enough reason to add this new live recording to their personal collections.  They are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for the recording.  The concert is available on a number of platforms.  Those platforms include: DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD.  In making the concert in three separate platforms, Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS have covered all of their collective bases here.  Regardless of whether fans have DVD players or Blu-ray players, every fan can enjoy the concert in full with both its audio and audio/visual presentation.  For the true KISS loyalists—the hardcore members of the KISS Army—there is also the Deluxe Edition, which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray in one complete package along with a double CD audio presentation of the concert.  That Deluxe Edition also includes a large photo book complete with pictures from the band’s nine-night residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  So whether one is just a fan, a devoted fan, or full-blown member of the KISS Army, there is something for everyone across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS are to be highly commended for going this route.  When this element is set alongside the band’s stage show and presence, and the show’s extensive set list, it all comes together to show once and for all why this concert is, again, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.

KISS Rocks Vegas is not KISS’ first ever live recording.  And regardless of whether fans have any of the band’s previous live recordings, this latest live offering still proves in the long run to be one more must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.  This is made clear in part through the concerts extensive, twenty-three song set list.  The band’s performance of that set list and the band’s overall stage show make that even clearer.  The multiple platforms on which the concert has been made available by Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS puts the finishing touch on why the recording is so impressive.  Each element is obviously important in its own way to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered KISS Rocks Vegas proves to be, once more, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her KISS collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles available from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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