Eagle Rock, The Who Partner For Streaming Series

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is once again doing its part to help people get their live music fix.

The company will launch a series of free-to-view live recordings from The Who at 1 p.m. ET Saturday.  Dubbed “Join Together @ Home,” the performance series is a six-part series that features archived live performances of The Who.

The performances will stream through The Who’s official YouTube channel.  The first of the performances comes from the band’s 1982 Shea Stadium performance. The Who originally released its Shea Stadium performance through Eagle Rock in 2015.

An exclusive “red carpet” premiere clip from The Who front man Roger Daltry will precede the stream.

While each streaming presentation is free to watch, audiences are encouraged to make a donation to co-beneficiaries Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America while they enjoy the performances.  Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK-based nonprofit that helps people age 13-17 deal with cancer treatments.

Teen Cancer America, which was founded by Daltry and The Who guitarist Roger Daltry, has a similar goal as Teenage Cancer Trust.  Daltry has been the driving force behind the comedy and music shows, held at thee Royal Albert Hall, which benefit the agency.

Eagle Rock’s streaming performances from The Who are just the latest from the company.  It most recently streamed a series of archived performances from The Rolling Stones.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For Latest Rolling Stones Concert Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing audiences another archived concert from The Rolling Stones.

The company is scheduled to release Steel Wheel Live Sept. 25 on a variety of platforms.  The 150-minute (two-and-a-half hours) concert featured in the recording was captured at one of three concerts the the band held in December 1989 in Atlantic City, NJ.  The concerts, held Dec. 17, 19, and 20, closed out the North American leg of the band’s “Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.”  That run was the band’s first in the U.S. since 1981.

The performance featured guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose and his band mate Izzy Stradlin.  Clapton joined The Rolling Stones for a performance of ‘Little Red Rooster’ while John Lee Hooker joins the band for a performance of his tune ‘Boogie Chillen.’  Rose and Stradlin meanwhile join the band for its performance of ‘Salt of the Earth,’ which is featured in the band’s 1968 album Beggar’s Banquet.

Other songs featured in the concert’s extensive set list are works, such as ‘Terrifying,’ ‘Sad, Sad, Sad,’ and ‘Mixed Emotions.’  It also features even some of the band’s most well-known and beloved hits, such as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘Gimme Shelter,’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’

The concert’s 28-song set list is presented in the same order on the recording’s DVD/2CD and SD Blu-ray/2CD platforms, meaning audiences will all get the same presentation regardless of which platform they choose.

Even more devoted fans can get the recording in a limited edition expanded six-disc collection that features the Steel Wheels Live DVD, SD Blu-ray, double disc CD presentation as well as a bonus DVD featuring one of the band’s performances from its 10-night stretch at the Tokyo dome and a bonus CD featuring performances that the band recorded during stops in Toronto and London.  All of the performances were also part of the band’s “Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle” tour.

Along with the DVD, Blu-ray and CD presentations, Steel Wheels Live is also expected for release on a 4LP vinyl set.

The set lists for the shows are noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.  A trailer for the concert is streaming here.

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INXS’ ‘Live Baby Live’ Re-Issue Builds On the Success Of Its Original Success

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Twenty-nine years ago  this month, pop rock band INXS released its first-ever live recording Live Baby Live.  The recording, captured July 31, 1991 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium, a venue that at that point, had also hosted the likes of Queen, Michael Jackson and U2.  So for INXS to take the stage at the legendary venue meant also putting the band in very good company, considering the venue’s reputation as one of the world’s “elite” live venues.  When the recording was originally released, it was a hit, reaching No. 3 on the Aria (Australian Recording Industry Association) Charts and No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart.  The recording’s charting positions showed its popularity even with critics on both sides of the Atlantic and in the band’s home nation of Australia panning the presentation.  Now almost 30 years later, the recording has been re-issued through Eagle Rock Entertainment for a whole new generation of audiences along with the band’s established fan base.  Specifically speaking, it was released June 26 on Blu-ray/4K-HD, DVD and other formats.  The concert’s set list makes for its own share of interest for audiences.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list adds to that interest.  It will be discussed a little later.  The companion booklet featured with the recording’s new re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Live Baby Live a presentation that will Keep INXS’ legacy a-LIVE.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ debut live recording Live Baby Live (The first “Live” is pronounced like it rhyme with the word “give.”  The second rhymes with the word “hive.”) is an interesting presentation from the legendary pop rock band.  That is due in part to the recording’s 19-song set list.  The set list pulls largely from the band’s hit 1987 album Kick and that record’s follow-up, 1990’s XThe Swing (1984) gets a couple of nods.  The band even presents its hit single ‘Devil Inside’ to close out the show, but by and large, the two noted albums – Kick and X – get the most attention in this concert.  Eight of the 12 songs featured in Kick’s original presentation are featured in this set list.  Eight of the songs from X’s 11 total songs are also featured here.  Needless to say the set list is not a career-defining presentation from the band even at that point.  Why the band opted to focus on the two noted albums is anyone’s guess.  Considering that the band was touring in support of X at the time, the emphasis on that album is understandable.  Add in that at the time of X’s release, three years had passed between its release and that of Kick and the emphasis makes more sense, especially considering the extended story behind the release of Kick, which involved two record labels.  That story will be left for audiences to learn for themselves.  Even with the limited focus of the concert’s set list, the band keeps the energy flowing from one song to the next throughout the show.  The concert’s energy falls all of maybe twice total.  In other words, the concert’s energy will keep audiences engaged and entertained thanks to the set list.  What’s more, the songs featured in the set list features arrangements that bear a distinct similarity to works from INXS’ British counterparts, The Rolling Stones.  This is worth its own future discussion, as the stylistic similarities between the band’s songs were intended.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set list featured in Live Baby Live does its own share to entertain and engage audiences, even with its limitations kept in mind.

While the set list featured in Live Baby Live has some limitations what with its set list, the songs themselves will keep audiences entertained and engaged.  On a related note, the band’s performance thereof builds on the presentation’s appeal.  One of the most notable aspects of the band’s performance is that of front man Michael Hutchence.  Hutchence struts around the stage with the same swagger of The Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger, even sounding at times like Jagger in his vocal delivery.  Drummer Jon Fariss’ time keeping is solid throughout each song, his energy never letting up at any point.  Kirk Pengilly (sax, guitars) adds his own unique touch to each song with his own performances.  His saxophone solos oozes the sound of so much music from the 90s, which adds even more to each song’s appeal.  He, Hutchence and the rest of the band members’ performances feed the audience’s energy.  That energy is in turn reciprocated, giving the band even more of its own energy, enhancing the experience even more.  That engaging and entertaining performance by the band couples with the concert’s set list to give audiences even more reason to experience this concert whether for the first time or the first time in a long time.  Those elements are not the only notable aspects of Live Baby Live, either.  The companion booklet that comes with the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The companion booklet that accompanies Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of Live Baby Live is important to note because of the background that it offers audiences before they even experience the concert.  it should be noted that all of the background offered through the booklet is itself newly collected by fa Jamie East, who was at the band’s 1991 concert.  The booklet opens with an introspective recollection on the concert by then guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Fariss.  He writes about the honor of performing at Wemblem as a headliner even though the band had previously played there as an opener for Queen.  Additionally, Fariss offers a funny anecdote about locking himself in a bathroom in order to mentally prepare for the band’s 1991 headliner show.  That in itself will put a smile on audiences’ faces.  Fariss’ band mate Garry Gary Beers expands on those comments, offering his own praise for Hutchence while also discussing the band members’ excitement at headlining Wembley.  As the discussions continue, Jon Fariss gives thanks to the audience for taking part in the concert, noting, “We could not only see the mesmerizing vibe from the audience right in front of us – but the electricity and energy radiating from the audience was insanely unforgettable…I humbly thank and salute all our audience who were there at this Wembley show and for every other 3 thousand plus INXS shows we performed – I thank each and every one of you.”  Hutchence and Gilly also share their own thoughts (Hutchence thoughts were obviously recorded prior to his untimely passing in 1997) in the booklet, enriching the experience even more.  Considering their comments and the whole of the comments from the other noted band members, the booklet helps to paint a rich, vivid picture of Live Baby Live before audiences even experience the concert.  That enriches the recording’s presentation even more.  Considered with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance, all three elements join to make this concert a memorable presentation from INXS that audiences of all ages will appreciate.  Live Baby Live is available now on a variety of platforms.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ live recording Live Baby Live is an interesting updated presentation of the recording. that is due in part to the recording’s set list.  While limited in its overall picture of the band’s catalog it still offers its own share of entertainment for audiences.  The band’s performance of said set list makes the recording even more worth experiencing.  The companion booklet, which features newly culled notes from the band members about the concert, adds yet another layer to the recording’s presentation.  All the items noted here are important in their own way to the whole of Live Baby Live.  All things considered, they make Live Baby Live well worth the experience. More information on Live Baby Live is available along with all of INXS’ latest news at:

 

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Montreux Jazz Festival “54th Summer Of Music” Launches Online Friday

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The annual Montreux Jazz Festival is going on despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival is scheduled to start Friday and to run through July 18.  Since the festival will not take place in person this year, it has been moved online and will feature classic performances from famed artists, such as Nina Simone, Deep Purple, and Etta James.  Additionally, it will feature the premieres of performances from performers and bands, such as John Lee Hooker, Tom Misch, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  One performance will stream daily over the course of that 16-day span.

The “festival’s” schedule is noted below.

 

“Summer Of Music” Line Up

John Lee Hooker (1983) — world premiere — Friday July 3
Charles Bradley (2016) — world premiere — Saturday July 4
Dimeh, Slimka, Makala et Varnish la Piscine (2016) — Sunday July 5
Suzanne Vega (2004) — Monday July 6
Rory Gallagher (1979) — Tuesday July 7
Charles Mingus (1975) — Wednesday July 8
Carlos Santana Plays the Blues (2004) — Thursday July 9
Bang Bang Romeo (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 10
Angelique Kidjo and Friends (2016) — world premiere— Saturday July 11
Nina Simone (1976) — Sunday July 12
Deep Purple Live with Orchestra (2011) — Monday July 13
Etta James (1993) — Tuesday July 14
BB King (1993) — Wednesday July 15
Kenny Wayne Shepherd (2019) — world premiere — Thursday July 16
Tom Misch (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 17
Marvin Gaye (1980) — Saturday July 18

 

Dubbed the “54th Summer of Music,” this year’s retrospective showcase will stream through the festival’s official YouTube channel.  It was made possible through a partnership between Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Media Ventures.

Montreux Festival CEO Mathieu Jaton talked about the upcoming festival streams in a recent interview.

“Since its beginnings in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been immensely fortunate to have built up, thanks to the visionary spirit of Claude Nobs, a rich and unique audiovisual archive,” he said.  “This heritage has made the Festival famous and continues to make it shine through initiatives such as the 54th Summer of Music, made possible through our collaboration with the Claude Nobs Foundation, Eagle Rock and the NMAAM. This summer, this heritage is more essential than ever.”

Geoff Kempin added his own thoughts about the online festival.

“Marvin Gaye’s 1980 performance marked the inaugural collaboration between Montreux and Eagle Rock Entertainment, it paved the way for not only an exciting stable of ongoing releases, but also a fantastic line-up of artists at this summer’s Virtual Montreux Festival,” said Kemin. “We are delighted to be partnering with the Montreux Jazz Festival and YouTube in this summer Festival celebrating the diversity of artists that have performed at Montreux.”

Throughout the course of the “54th Summer of Music,” audiences will be able to donate to the National Museum of African-American Music, which is scheduled to open this fall in Nashville, TN.  All advertising revenues raised through the two-week-plus online-only festival will also go to benefit the museum.

Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson talked about the fundraising efforts with her own comments.

“NMAAM is thrilled to partner with Montreux Jazz Festival for this year’s ‘Summer of Music’ virtual event,” said Rogers-Simpson.  “In these uncertain times, music has been a beacon of light in a world of darkness, so we are excited that music lovers from across the globe will be able to share in this experience. Since the early 1600s, the influence of Black music and Black artists has spanned the globe, crossing race, age and even geography. We believe NMAAM to be a global destination where we unite people under a shared banner of music. Montreux is a titan in the popularization of Black music, not just in jazz but across genres, showcasing the wide-ranging impact of Black music and Black sounds. We look forward to what the ‘Summer of Music’ event brings to fans and we hope for a continued friendship and partnership”

More information on the “54th Summer of Music” is available along with all of the latest Montreux Jazz Festival news at:

 

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Free Round Table Discussion To Take Place Sunday On New Ella Fitzgerald Documentary

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With the premiere of the new Ella Fitzgerald documentary It’s Just One Of Those Things here, it will be celebrated this weekend with a special followup event Sunday.

Author and producer Reggie Nadelson, who conducted all of the documentary’s interviews, will join Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Margo Jefferson, famed music critic Will Friedwald and singer/saxophonist Camille Thurman for a free presentation discussion on the documentary Sunday.

The round table discussion is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday.  While the event is free, tickets are still required to view.  They are available here.

Originally set to premiere April 3, the global COVID-19 outbreak caused that premiere to be delayed until June 26.

Audiences can view the documentary by purchasing tickets through their local theaters here.  Audiences can watch the documentary from home through various resources, such as apps for Apple TV, Roku and AndroidTV.

Award-winning director Leslie Woodhead helmed the project, and Reggie Nadelson produced the presentation.

Just One Of Those Things follows Fitzgerald on and off the stage, showing how she used her musical talents and her intelligence to break down barriers and overcome great odds throughout the course of her life.  It features never-before-seen footage of interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller and Ray Brown Jr., Ella’s son. along with many other famous figures.

Fitzgerald lost her mother when she [Fitzgerald] was 15 years old.  From there, she also endured mistreatment in reform schools.  in 1934, her life took a turn that would set her on the path of success from then on, winning a contest at the famed Apollo Theater.  She would eventually go on to work with jazz greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

While she had great success on stage, Fitzgerald was very different off-stage, wanting privacy for herself and her family.  Audiences will see that dichotomy throughout the course of this new documentary.

Fitzgerald earned a number of accolades during the course of her career. Among those honors were 13 Grammy awards, record sales exceeding 40 million records and an NAACP Equal Justice Award. She also received the American Black Achievement Award.

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently debuted two separate trailers for the documentary.  The first, streaming here, features clips of Fitzgerald performing with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, new interview footage with the likes of Tony Bennett and Jamie Cullum. The 90-second trailer also features vintage photos of Fitzgerald from early in her career and even footage of interviews that Fitzgerald herself conducted on television.

The other trailer, streaming here,  features discussions on Fitzgerald’s time on the road with Chick Webb and his orchestra.

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At Home Premiere Date Set For New Ella Fitzgerald Documentary

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Eagle Rock Entertainment announced the new premiere date this week for its Ella Fitzgerald documentary Just One Of Those Things.

The documentary is now scheduled to make its “theatrical” debut June 26.  Originally scheduled to make its premiere April 3, its debut was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Since many theaters are still closed nationwide as a result of the virus’ outbreak, Eagle Rock Entertainment is working with theaters to let audiences view the documentary at home and support their local theaters at the same time.

Audiences can view the documentary by purchasing tickets through their local theaters here.  Audiences can watch the documentary from home through various resources, such as apps for Apple TV, Roku and AndroidTV.

Award-winning director Leslie Woodhead helmed the project, and Reggie Nadelson produced the presentation.

Just One Of Those Things follows Fitzgerald on and off the stage, showing how she used her musical talents and her intelligence to break down barriers and overcome great odds throughout the course of her life.  It features never-before-seen footage of interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller and Ray Brown Jr., Ella’s son. along with many other famous figures.

Fitzgerald lost her mother when she [Fitzgerald] was 15 years old.  From there, she also endured mistreatment in reform schools.  in 1934, her life took a turn that would set her on the path of success from then on, winning a contest at the famed Apollo Theater.  She would eventually go on to work with jazz greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

While she had great success on stage, Fitzgerald was very different off-stage, wanting privacy for herself and her family.  Audiences will see that dichotomy throughout the course of this new documentary.

Fitzgerald earned a number of accolades during the course of her career. Among those honors were 13 Grammy awards, record sales exceeding 40 million records and an NAACP Equal Justice Award. She also received the American Black Achievement Award.

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently debuted two separate trailers for the documentary.  The first, streaming here, features clips of Fitzgerald performing with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, new interview footage with the likes of Tony Bennett and Jamie Cullum. The 90-second trailer also features vintage photos of Fitzgerald from early in her career and even footage of interviews that Fitzgerald herself conducted on television.

The other trailer, streaming here,  features discussions on Fitzgerald’s time on the road with Chick Webb and his orchestra.

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INXS’ ‘Live Baby Live’ Getting Re-Issue Treatment

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Eagle Rock Entertainment and Petrol are partnering to re-issue INXS’ Live Baby Live.

The recording, scheduled for release June 26, features the band’s landmark 1991 concert filmed at Wembley Stadium in London, England.  The 22-song concert was the next to last performance by the band as pat of its tour in support of its then most recent album, X, its seventh album.

The concert has gone on to be re-issued multiple times in the nearly 30 years since it originally took place, most recently getting a full theatrical release in November.  Its forthcoming re-issue will be on a 4K-UHD/Blu-ray package.  It also marks the first time that the concert will be presented in a widescreen format.

The forthcoming re-issue will be available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

 

INXS ‘LIVE BABY LIVE’’ Technical Specs

— BD & 4K BD Audio: LPCM Stereo, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Atmos
— BD & 4K Region: ABC (All Regions)
— 4K BD Format: UHD-66
— BD Format: BD-50
— DVD Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS 5.1    Surround Sound
— DVD Region: 0 (All Regions)
— DVD Format: DVD-9
— DVD, BD & 4K BD Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Total running time: 98 mins approx.

 

As an added bonus, broadcaster and INXS fan Jamie East, who was in attendance at the concert, has penned new liner notes for the upcoming re-issue.  Also of note with the upcoming re-issue is that the audio will be presented in Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio (Blu-ray only) DTS 5.1 Surround and Dolby 5.1 Surround, so not only will it get an update, but so does the video quality.  Giles Martin, INXS’ Executive Music Director, handled the recording’s audio updates.

The Live Baby Live track listing is noted below.

 

INXS LIVE BABY LIVE
AUDIOVISUAL TRACKLISTING

1.) Guns in the Sky
2.) New Sensation
3.) I Send a Message
4.) The Stairs
5.) Know the Difference
6.) Disappear
7.) By My Side
8.) Hear That Sound
9.) Lately*
10.) The Loved One
11.) Wild Life
12.) Mystify
13.) Bitter Tears
14.) Suicide Blonde
15.) What You Need
16.) Kick
17.) Need You Tonight
18.) Mediate
19.) Never Tear Us Apart
20.) Who Pays the Price
21.) Devil Inside
22.) Shining Star
* Previously unseen/unheard performance

 

 

Pre-orders are open now for Live Baby Live.  A trailer for the re-issue is streaming here.

More information on the upcoming re-issue of Live Baby Live is available along with all of INXS’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://inxs.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/INXS

 

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Audiences From “London To Las Vegas” And Beyond Will Enjoy Def Leppard’s New Live Recording

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The live music industry has been decimated so far this  year due to the health concerns raised around the world by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Festival shows have either been delayed or rescheduled until next year.  Tours around the world have been delayed with the hopes that what was going to take place in spring and summer would finally be able to happen by fall at the latest.  Articles from some well-known music magazines have quoted a bunch of so-called medical experts who have claimed without evidence that live concerts could be held off until next year.  It should be stressed here that the word “could” is not equal to the word “will.”  That means the statements of the so-called experts should be taken with a grain of salt.  One can only hope that live music will return much sooner than next year, proving the so-called experts who were polled – polls are more often than not used to push specific agendas of media and political personnel – wrong.  In the meantime, Eagle Rock Entertainment has another new live archived show for audiences to enjoy in the form of London To Vegas.  Scheduled for release May 29, the double live recording is a presentation that will appeal equally to Def Leppard’s most devoted fans and to classic rock fans.  That is due primarily to the noted fact that it is a double live show.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the recording adds slightly to the presentation’s appeal, and will be discussed a little later.  The band’s performance in each recording couples with the shows’ production and mixing to make for the last (but most certainly not least) of the package’s most important elements.  Each noted item is key in its own way to the whole of London to Vegas.  All things considered, they make London To Vegas a presentation that the band’s fans and classic rock buffs around the world will enjoy from beginning to end of each concert.

Def Leppard’s forthcoming live recording London to Vegas is among the best of this year’s new live recordings overall.  It is a presentation whose appeal is certain to be wide.  That is due in part to the general presentation.  Presented here is not one, but two separate concerts from one of the most respected bands in the modern history of rock and roll.  The first of the featured concerts was recorded in December 2018 at London’s famed O2 Arena.  The performance features the band performing its landmark 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety for audiences.  The record has gone platinum 10 times since its release more than 30 years ago.  The performance is just part of what makes this concert pivotal.  The other reason it is such an important performance will be addressed in the discussion about the package’s bonus content.  The second show was recorded in June 2019 during Def Leppard’s residency at Zappo’s Theatre in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV.  While performing albums in whole has become increasingly commonplace for musical acts from across the musical universe, it still is not so commonplace that it is something that can be written off as cliché for any kind of act.  What’s more, it is widely known and accepted that no two acts perform their songs the same way live as they do in a studio setting, and audiences definitely get an enjoyable performance of Hyseria from Def Leppard in its O2 show.  The band performs more than just Hysteria here, too.  There are some other classic numbers that make up a handful of encores performed by the band after it finishes making its way through the album.  Those encores will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

The Las Vegas residency show doesn’t stick to just one album, enhancing the overall experience for audiences that much more.  While Hysteria does get a lot of nods over the course of the 28-song set, which runs almost three hours, the band does lift from some of its other albums.  The band goes as far back as 1981 and is sophomore album High ‘N’ Dry in its set and as recent as its self-titled 2015 record, its most recently released album.  Along the way, the band treats audiences to songs from its equally popular 1983 album Pyromania, its 2002 album X, its 1992 album Adrenalize and even its 1993 rarities & b-sides compilation Retro ActiveSlang (1996) and Euphoria (1999) are even represented in this expansive set list.  The only albums not represented in the concert are the band’s 1980 debut On Through The Night, its 2006 record Yeah! and its follow-up, 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.  Sure, those albums are missing from the concert’s set list, but even with that in mind, audiences still get a relatively comprehensive set list from this archived show.  Adding to the interest is that some of the songs performed at the Vegas show are works that the band had never performed live until that point, according to front man Joe Elliot.  He makes the revelation in front of the audience of hundreds if not more.  Between this concert’s extensive and rich set list and that of the band’s O2 show, audiences get here what is one of the strongest showings of Def Leppard’s catalog of all time and what is one of the band’s best live recordings to date if only for that reason.  The total run time of the two shows surpasses the five hour mark, which is even better for anyone who is looking to pass the hours cooped up indoors until all those unnecessary lockdowns are lifted across the country, and for anyone who just wants to enjoy a good live show (or two) any time of the year.

It goes without saying that the primary content featured in Def Leppard’s forthcoming new live recording London To Vegas goes a very long way toward keeping audiences engaged and entertained from beginning to end in each concert.  As much as the concert recordings do for this package’s presentation, they are but one part of what makes the presentation in whole so engaging and entertaining.  The bonus content that comes with the recording adds to that appeal.  The bonus content that accompanies the band’s London show features the revelation from the band members that up until that concert, the band had never previously performed at the O2 Arena.  The band members also discuss in the bonus content how the O2 concert came to be.  Not to give away too much, but it has to do with the band’s Las Vegas residency.  Audiences will be left to learn the rest of that story for themselves when they purchase this presentation on any of its many available platforms.  Along with that, there is also a tribute of sorts from the band members to famed producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange for his role in the creation of Hysteria.  The band members credit his work behind the boards for much of the album’s success.  For those unfamiliar with Lange’s work, he also has worked with the likes of AC/DC, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5.  His work with AC/DC is most well-known on the band’s breakout 1981 album Back in Black, which is one of the best selling albums of all time to this day.  His work with Maroon 5 came in 2010 on the band’s album Hands All Over.  Lady Gaga enlisted him to produce her mega-hit single ‘Born This Way’ in 2011.  Along the way, audiences also get to watch Def Leppard “Behind-The Scenes” as the band prepares for its O2 Arena show with brief snippets of the band checking out the arena and handling soundcheck.  That “behind-the-scenes” footage makes up all of the bonus content for the Las Vegas residency.  Audiences get to see the band prep for its residency, experiencing the band members talk about how its live shows will come together, noting where band members will stand, how different acoustic settings work, etc.  There is not much to it, but it is still at least slightly entertaining.  Between the two bonus segments, audiences get almost half an hour of extra content to accompany the primary content.  That extra content is factored into the presentation’s total run time, which again, comes to more than five hours, all things considered.  Considering the actual content featured in the bonus footage, some of it is better than other, but overall, it still does add some engagement and entertainment to the mix.  Coupled with the presentation’s primary content, the two elements give audiences quite a bit to appreciate, whether they are Def Leppard devotees, classic rock buffs or just rock and roll fans in general.  Keeping all of this in mind, the content featured in this recording is of the utmost importance to its presentation.  Of course, the content is only a portion of what will keep audiences engaged and entertained.  The recording’s general aesthetics are also worth noting for their roles in the package’s presentation.

The collective mixing and production of these two shows  joins with the band’s performance in each show to make this presentation even stronger.  The sound is expertly balanced in each concert from start to end.  No one performer overpowers his band mates at any point in either concert, showing that those behind the boards took into full account, the acoustics of each venue.  The camera angles give home viewers so many views that audiences who attended the concerts in person would not have had, enhancing the experience overall that much more for audiences.  The transitions from camera to camera are smooth, making for even more enjoyment.  The band’s performance plays alongside the production and mixing, adding its own share of enjoyment, too.  The band wastes little time stopping and slowing things down with lots of audience interaction.  Rather, the band lets its balanced energy from one song to the next do all of the talking for each member.  That focus from the band also allowed those behind the boards less challenges in terms of adjusting sound levels, and in turn less work for those who handled the concerts’ post production.  Honestly, those straight forward, energy-filled performances, coupled with the enjoyable aesthetics show that it is very possible to have an enjoyable show without a lot of unnecessary elements, such as pyro, fog machines, etc.  It shows that it is possible for a band to entertain audiences just by performing, and that is a very good thing.  When this is taken into consideration with the recording’s primary and secondary content (the performances and their bonus material), the whole of this expansive almost career-defining double concert set proves itself a must have for so many audiences, and without question, one of this year’s top new live recordings overall.

Def Leppard’s forthcoming new double live recording London to Vegas is an impressive new presentation from the veteran rock band. Whether one is a Def Leppard devotee, a rock and roll fan in general, or a classic rock fan, this collection of live material is certain to entertain almost anyone who watches these performances.  That is, as noted, due in large part to the expansive list of songs featured collectively throughout the two performances.  The bonus content that accompanies the concerts enhances the experience a little more for audiences.  The aesthetics of the concerts – the mixing, production and band performances – rounds out the most important of the recording’s presentation.  Between these elements, the wide variety of platforms on which the recording is available and their average price point, this presentation goes a long way toward proving its value to audiences.  It will be available April 24. Pre-orders are open now.  It goes without saying that considering all of this, London to Vegas proves itself a presentation that audiences from London to Vegas to points around the globe will enjoy.  More information on London to Vegas is available online now along with all of Def Leppard’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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New ‘Up From The Streets’ Q&A Session Scheduled

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is hosting another Q&A session with the creative heads of the documentary Up From The Streets.

The company will host a second free Q&A session May 26 with the documentary’s host/executive producer Terence Blanchard and producer/director Michael Murphy.  The pair will be joined by Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe, who is also a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, for the live video session.

The session is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.  In anticipation of the upcoming session, Eagle Rock Entertainment debuted a clip of Jaffe discussing the early days of jazz.  The clip is streaming here.

Blanchard and Murphy took part in another live Q&A session May 15 following the home cinematic premiere of Up From The Streets.  More than 90 theaters  and record stores nationwide took part in the documentary’s premiere.

Audiences can still watch the documentary by purchasing a virtual ticket. “Tickets” to watch the documentary are available at a price of $12 each, and can be purchased from viewers’ local theaters to watch the documentary in the comfort of their own homes.  Tickets are available here.  Viewers will have three days to finish the documentary once they have started watching.

Proceeds from the “ticket” sales from the documentary’s premiere went to benefit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation fund, which assists musicians who live and work in New Orleans who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.  The agency has created the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund to assist musicians and residents in New Orleans who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Up From The StreetsNew Orleans — The City of Music originally debuted in October at the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival.  It examines the city’s musical roots.  Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Terence Blanchard serves as the documentary’s host.  The program features archived footage from performances and interviews conducted by artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint among others to help tell the story of the city’s musical history.  Michael Murphy directed and produced the presentation.

In anticipation of the debut of Up From The StreetsNew Orleans — The City of Music, a playlist of songs from the documentary was curated and is streaming now here.

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Jeff Healey Fans Will Appreciate Eagle Rock Entertainment’s ‘Heal My Soul’ Re-Issue

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing two of Jeff Healey’s albums out of the vault this week.  The company is scheduled to release Heal My Soul and its companion record Holding On  Friday in the new expanded release Heal My Soul Deluxe Edition.  The 27-song record unites the two albums, which were previously released separately in 2016 following Healey’s death from cancer for the first time.  That aspect of the recording forms the foundation for this presentation, and will be discussed shortly.  The collection’s companion liner notes add their own share of interest to the presentation, and will be discussed a little later.  The songs themselves round out the double album set, and will also be discussed later.  When they are considered along with the set’s liner notes and its very presentation, the whole of said presentation shows itself to be a work that will appeal to any Jeff Healey fans who do not already own either of the noted recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Jeff Healy recording Heal My Soul Deluxe Edition is a work that audiences who do not already own the 2016 release of said album and its companion record Holding On will happily welcome into their music libraries.  That is due in large part to the fact that this presentation features both records together for the first time.  The last time the records were released was in 2016, following Healey’s untimely passing from cancer.  Given, only four years have passed since their release, but even in that time, neither recording has been readily accessible to audiences.  A check of major retailers Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million showed very limited availability for either presentation.  Best Buy and Amazon were the only outlets that carried Heal My Soul as of May 18, but the record was only listed as being available on vinyl, and even in that case in limited quantities.  Best Buy also was the only outlet of those noted that carried Holding On, and as with Heal My Soul, its availability was only listed on vinyl, rather than CD, and in limited quantities.  Books-A-Million did not list either recording, nor did Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers did, however list this new re-issue of the recordings, as did Amazon.  Simply put, this new presentation of Heal My Soul and Holding On proves important because of how rare the original recordings are even now four years after their original release.  Whether one is a longtime Jeff Healey fan or someone new to the famed guitarist’s catalog, the availability of these two recordings in one package is a positive in its own right.  The liner notes that accompany the set add to the engagement and entertainment offered through the set’s presentation, strengthening the foundation formed by the set’s presentation even more.

The liner notes that accompany Heal My Soul Deluxe Edition are important to note because of the background that they offer audiences on each recording.  Written largely by the Estate of Jeff Healey representative Roger Costa – he is joined by fellow Estate of Jeff Healey Representative Cristie Healey (Healey’s second wife) – the liner notes open with Costa pointing out that the genesis of these two records started approximately 20 years ago in Healey’s then apartment as a group of rough mixes.  As Costa continues his discussion, he points out that the songs were the product of what was at the time, a very difficult point in Healey’s life and career.  Additionally, Costa makes note of Healy owning  his own studio played into the creative process for the recordings, while also addressing some of the records’ high points.  Cristie Healey adds to Costa’s comments with her own statements in the liner notes.  She states in part in her comments, “I see these recordings as something very different from any other rock releases of Jeff’s…I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this project and I think Jeff would feel the same.”  Between her brief statements and the richer picture painted by Costa, the statements and information featured in the recording’s liner notes enriches the set’s presentation even more and ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment that much more, too.  Taking into consideration the liner notes and their value along with the set’s very presentation, those two elements collectively make for plenty reason to applaud the recording.  They are just two of the most notable of the set’s elements.  The songs themselves are not to be ignored in examining this “new” collection.

The songs that make up the body of Heal My Soul and Holding On are distinct in their presentation.  As Costa and Healey noted in their comments, they are very much unlike much of what he had composed up to that point.  Case in point is ‘Dancing With the Monsters.’  This upbeat work is anchored by Healey’s guitar work and the time keeping of Dean Glover.  It is a funky work that lends itself slightly to works from the likes of The Black Crowes.  The whole of the song is such an infectious work that was a distinct stylistic change for Healey and company at that point in time.  ‘Please’ is another example of the importance of the set’s songs.  This song is infectious in its own right and boasts clear influence from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and other guitarists who came before him.  It is a solid opus that will keep listeners from start to end.  It is starkly different from anything else on the set, showing even more here Healey’s creative growth as an artist.  ‘It’s The Last Time’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s songs.  This contemplative work is clearly a work whose lyrical theme is one that centers on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.  The lyrics’ companion musical arrangement actually may lead some to make a comparison to work from Alice in Chains, with its minor chord tuning and Healey’s vocal delivery style.  Again, Healey had rarely taken on such a stylistic approach in the past.  Considering that and the stylistic approaches to the other songs noted here, the whole of the two records, which also includes some live performances, makes for even more appreciation for the whole of the set.  When one takes into account the impact that the collection’s songs have on its presentation along with the impact of the set’s liner notes and its overall presentation, the collection in whole shows wholly, its value for those audiences who might not already own Healing My Soul, Holding On or both records.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s forthcoming Jeff Healey collection Healing My Soul Deluxe Edition is a presentation that Jeff Healey fans who do not already own the record and its companion piece will appreciate.  That is proven in part through the set’s very  presentation which combines Heal My Soul and Holding On in one set for the first time ever.  The liner notes that come with this presentation of Heal My Soul and Holding On add even more appreciation to the set.  The songs themselves put the finishing touch to the set’s presentation, especially considering the background offered on some of the song’s by Costa.  Thy really do exhibited the change that Healey was going through personally and professionally at the time that he recorded the songs.  All three noted items are important in their own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Heal My Soul Deluxe Edition a work that will be welcome by any Jeff Healey fans who do not already own either of this set’s records.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

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