Justin Hayward Announces Schedule For Upcoming U.S. Summer Tour

Justin Hayward will perform at a handful of U.S. dates this summer.

Hayward, who is known best for his work with legendary band The Moody Blues, will embark on an eight-date solo tour of the Northeast beginning August 20th in Salisbury, Massachusetts. It will come on the heels of a UK run in July. Hayward said of the upcoming tour, “We are so looking forward to this tour,” noting that fans’ reaction to the live shows put on by Hayward and his band mates—Julie Ragins (keyboards, backing vocals) and Mike Dawes (acoustic guitar)—played a role in the decision to bring the music to the fans again. “Julie Ragins [keyboardist/background vocalist], Mike Dawes [acoustic guitar], and I have been overwhelmed by the reception of our live shows during this last year in the USA,” he said. To hear every nuance of my acoustic guitars (they are on the road for the first time) and our voices in these venues is a joy. And the USA, like me, is discovering what a fabulous guitar player Mike Dawes is, and I look forward to hearing him play every night too.”

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Hayward’s most recent live recording, Spirits…Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta was released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on August 19th, 2014. It would go on to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Video Chart and premiered on PBS this March. It has been airing on PBS during its stations’ fundraising periods. Hayward was deeply appreciative of PBS’ support in discussing the network’s carriage of his recording. “It is a privilege and honor that PBS is broadcasting my live show as part of their pledge drives,” he said. He also discussed his own support of and respect for PBS, stating, “PBS has always meant a lot to me – not only for the quality of its programming but for its news, independence, and integrity…a true great comfort to me while I’m on the road.”

Justin Hayward has recorded and performed with The Moody Blues for more than four decades. He has penned some of the band’s most beloved hits including: ‘Nights in White Satin,’ ‘Tuesday Afternoon,’ ‘Question,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘Your Wildest Dream’ among many others. During his time with The Moody Blues, the band gone on to sell more than 60 million albums.

Audiences can check out a clip of Hayward performing ‘Nights in White Satin’ online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffyHZ556ncE. The performance is taken from Spirits…Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre. Hayward’s current U.S. tour schedule is listed below.

Justin Hayward will perform at the following venues:

August 20 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall

August 21 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

August 22 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall Hartford

August 25 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center-Sunoco

August 26 – Bethlehem, PA – ArtsQuest Center

August 27 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall

August 29 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage

August 30 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Celebrating The Who’s 50th Anniversary With New Archived Concert Recording

The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Box Art

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Legendary British rock band The Who is currently making its way across America on the North American leg of its new “The Who Hits 50! Worldwide Tour.” The tour is in support of its latest hits collection, which goes by the same name. That compilation was released late last year. Now as The Who makes its way across America (and later Europe and other nations), Eagle Rock has announced that it will release a new, archived live recording from The Who this summer for all of the band’s fans.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 on Tuesday, June 30th. The concert will be available on DVD, SD Blu-ray and digital formats. It was originally recorded on October 13th, 1982 at Shea Stadium. It was the second of the band’s concerts recorded during its two-night stand at Shea Stadium and featured the lineup of Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle, and Kenney Jones. The tour from which this concert was pulled–its 1982 North American Tour–was the last on which Jones would sit behind the kit for the band. Once the tour ended, The Who would not tour again until 1989. The show’s set list includes some of its biggest hits at the time including: ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘My Generation,’ ‘Substitute,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘See Me Feel Me,’ ‘Baba O’Riley,’ and a number of others. The concert’s complete set list is noted below:

TRACK LISTING

1) Substitute

2) I Can’t Explain

3) Dangerous

4) Sister Disco

5) The Quiet One

6) It’s Hard

7) Eminence Front

8) Behind Blue Eyes

9) Baba O’Riley

10) I’m One

11) The Punk And The Godfather

12) Drowned

13) Tattoo

14) Cry If You Want

15) Who Are You

16) Pinball Wizard

17) See Me Feel Me

18) Love Reign O’er Me

19) Long Live Rock

20) Won’t Get Fooled Again

21) Young Man Blues

22) Naked Eye

23) I Saw Her Standing There

24) Summertime Blues

25) Twist And Shout

Audiences can get a glimpse of the concert now by clicking on the picture below. It will take fans to YouTube where audiences will get to see the band’s performance of ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ from the concert.

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Releasing New Live Recording This Summer

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing home Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 on Tuesday, June 16th. The concert recording documents the groups’ performance at the famed club following the release of its second collaboration World on Fire early last year. The show’s set list features some of the biggest hits from Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, and from Slash’s own solo recordings including: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The complete set list for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 is noted below:

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Back From Cali

4) You Could Be Mine

5) Rocket Queen

6) Bent To Fly

7) Starlight

8) You’re A Lie

9) World On Fire

10) Anastasia

11) Sweet Child O’ Mine

12) Slither

13) Paradise City

Bonus Tracks:

(1) Stone Blind

(2) You’re Crazy

(3) Wicked Stone

(4) 30 Years To Life

3LP / 2CD TRACK LISTING

1) Ghost

2) Nightrain

3) Halo

4) Back From Cali

5) Stone Blind

6) You Could Be Mine

7) Doctor Alibi

8) You’re Crazy

9) Wicked Stone

10) 30 Years To Life

11) Rocket Queen

12) Bent To Fly

13) Starlight

14) You’re A Lie

15) World On Fire

16) Anastasia

17) Sweet Child O’ Mine

18) Slither

19) Paradise City

Fans can check out the group’s performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ from the recording online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ctImlIThY. Fans can get more information on this recording online now along with all of the latest news from Slash at:

 

Website: http://www.slashonline.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/slash

 

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Aerosmith Announces Dates For Its Blue Army Tour 2015

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Aerosmith is hitting the road again this summer.

The members of the legendary rock band Aerosmith announced today that the band will embark on the “Blue Army Tour 2015″ beginning Saturday, June 13th at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The band’s tour currently consists of sixteen dates that take the band across North America. There are dates in California, Wyoming, Texas, and even Canada throughout the “Blue Army Tour 2015.” Guitarist Joe Perry, in meeting with the press, discussed the meaning behind the name “Blue Army Tour” saying essentially that it is a reference to the band’s fans saying, “”The name Blue Army came from the fact that ‘everyone’ in our audience from the 70’s were wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army.” As audiences will note, the “Blue Army Tour 2015″ winds down with a special performance at the 2015 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The festival is held on the eve of the annual NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony. Aerosmith’s current schedule for the “Blue Army Tour 2015″ is listed below:

AEROSMITH’s 2015 summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 6/13 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena

Wed 6/24 Evansville, IN The Ford Center

Sat 6/27 Durant, OK Choctaw Casino Event Center

Tue 6/30 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena

Fri 7/3 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Tue 7/7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

Fri 7/10 Salinas, CA Salinas Sports Complex

Mon 7/13 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place

Thu 7/16 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Sun 7/19 Fort McMurray, AB Shell Place at MacDonald Park

Wed 7/22 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days

Sat 7/25 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair

Tue 7/28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest

Sat 8/1 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tue 8/4 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

Fri 8/7 Canton, OH Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Fans that won’t get the chance to see Aerosmith live need not worry as the band is scheduled to release its new live DVD Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment later this year. The DVD’s release date is currently TBA. The performance, which features nineteen of the band’s biggest hits, was recorded live at the Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014 as part of the band’s Let Rock Rule experience. The songs included in the upcoming recording include the likes of: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got a Gun, ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ and eleven others. More information on Aerosmith Rocks Donington and other titles available from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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More information on the “Blue Army Tour 2015″ is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.aerosmith.com

http://www.aeroforceone.com

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Releasing Another Installment Of Its “From The Vault” Series This Summer

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment continues its “From The Vault” series this summer with yet another new archived live recording from legendary rock band The Rolling Stones.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee — Live in 1971 on June 23rd. The classic concert recording documents The Rolling Stones’ concert at London’s famed Marquee Club. It is the first time in nearly twenty years that the recording has seen the light of day in any format. The concert was originally recorded for U.S. television just after The Rolling Stones had wrapped its Farewell Tour of the UK and came just ahead of the release of the band’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Even more interesting about this concert recording is that it marks the first time that the The Rolling Stones had ever performed hits its hit songs ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Dead Flowers,’ ‘Bitch,’ and ‘I Got The Blues’ in a live setting. Speaking of those songs, which are all taken from Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 coincides with the June 9th re-issue of Sticky Fingers. That re-issue features alternative takes of ‘I Got The Blues’ and ‘Bitch.’ There is also a bonus “Top of the Pops” performance of ‘Brown Sugar’ from 1971.

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 will be released on DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD+CD combo pack and DVD+LP combo pack. The track listing for The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 is note below.

TRACKLISTING:
Live With Me
Dead Flowers
I Got The Blues
Let It Rock
Midnight Rambler
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Bitch
Brown Sugar

BONUS TRACKS:
I Got The Blues – Take 1
I Got The Blues – Take 2
Bitch – Take 1
Bitch – take 2
Brown Sugar (Top Of The Pops, 1971)

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Twain’s New Live Recording Will Make Her Still The One For Fans Even After Her “Farewell Tour”

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Earlier this year, country music superstar Shania Twain announced to the world that she will embark on what she is calling her “Farewell Tour” beginning June 5th. Despite calling it her “Farewell Tour,” Twain has also been quick to say that she is not necessarily calling it a career once the tour wraps. In fact, the Canadian-born singer has said herself that after the tour wraps later this fall, she still plans to keep making new music. So that being the case Twain almost sounds as if she is saying without saying that she will keep making new music but has no plans to hit the road again anytime soon in the near future. If that is indeed the case then Eagle Rock Entertainment’s newly released recording Still The One: Live From Vegas is a good replacement for Twain’s fans that might never get to see her live in person again. The main way that it proves itself so enjoyable is through its extensive set list. The show, recorded live at The Colosseum at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, boasts twenty-three songs and a twenty-fourth set against the show’s closing credits. It includes some of her biggest country and pop-country crossover hits as well as some of her lesser-known material. Of course what’s a show without a show? Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s massive production make this show just as enjoyable for her fans as the set list itself. And then there are the show’s production values. The show’s presentation on DVD and Blu-ray is just as top-notch as every one of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s previously released live recordings through the years. It is a standard that Eagle Rock has held for years, proving without a doubt once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is, again, the leader in live recordings. All three elements of Shania Twain’s new concert recording noted here each present their own importance to the recording in whole. All combined they make Still The One: Live From Vegas a live recording that any Shania Twain fan will agree never loses its luster no matter how many times they watch it. And they also make this recording more proof, once more, of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Shania Twain’s new live recording Still The One: Live From Vegas may very well be the last time that Twain’s fans get to see her perform live for a long time if reports are to be believed. If it is the last time they see her live for the foreseeable future, then it is a great way for her to go out, even if she isn’t officially “retiring” per se. It proves this first and foremost with its extensive set list. The show’s set list boasts a total of twenty-four songs. The final of those songs is actually used against the show’s credits and was recorded live in Canada rather than during her stint in Vegas. That aside, Twain’s fans will fully appreciate the breadth of the show’s set list. it includes some of her biggest country hits as well as some of her biggest pop-country crossover hits along with a number of her lesser-known songs, too. Those major hits include the likes of: ‘Any Man of Mine,’ ‘Come On Over,’ ‘You’re Still The One, ‘From This Moment On,’ and what is perhaps her biggest hit of all ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman.’ Among her lesser-known songs included in this performance are songs such as ‘I Ain’t No Quitter,’ ‘Carrie Anne,’ ‘No One Needs To Know,’ and ‘Love Gets Me Every Time.’ There are plenty of other songs included in the show that could be noted. These are just some of the pieces included in the show’s extensive set list that make it so enjoyable for Twain’s fans. The mix of those major hits and her lesser-known material is so extensive that it really serves as a clear cross-section of her career. One could almost say it’s like having a greatest hits album wrapped into one giant, extravagant concert that fans will love to watch again and again. Speaking of the show, Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s production in general is another reason that fans will enjoy this recording so much.

The set list that makes up the body of Still The One: Live From Vegas makes for plenty of reasons for Shania Twain’s fans to pick up this recording. That’s especially the case considering that it could be the last time for a long time that fans get to see her live in any setting. It isn’t the only reason that fans will enjoy this record, either. Twain’s performance coupled with the concert’s overall production makes the set list all the more enthralling for fans. Twain herself keeps the energy flowing from beginning to end even in the show’s few slower moments. There is even plenty of fan interaction throughout the show. She even goes so far as to go out into the crowd in attendance during her performance of ‘Honey, I’m Home,’ and spends time taking selfies with fans, letting fans sing along with her, and give her hugs. All the while there is no security hindering her. It really is an interesting sight to see. And it is one of those moments that shows why she is still such a fan favorite today. In getting out into the audience and even bringing audience members on stage, she doesn’t just perform for the audience. Rather she literally brings the show to the audience. The production of the show itself coupled with her performance makes the concert even more enjoyable for fans. There are large sets used throughout the concert’s various numbers including a wild west town, a camping set, and early on in the show what looks like rocks that one would find out in the desert southwest on which Twain’s backup band performs. The massive video wall behind Twain and company is even incorporated into the production from start to finish. It is used for the songs and for interludes that give Twain time to change her outfits throughout the concert. As if that’s not enough, the standard smoke machines, lasers are there. There are even horses and some horsepower on cables thrown in for good measure, too. And every bit of it feels completely rehearsed with the fullest of precision, too. It shows yet again why the coupling of the show’s production and Twain’s performance (I.E. her stage presence) makes another reason that Still The One: Live From Vegas is a hit for Shania Twain fans of all ages.

The set list featured in Still The One: Live From Vegas partnered with Twain’s stage presence and the show’s overall production make for plenty of reason for Twain’s fans to pick up this newly released live recording. There is still one more aspect of the recording to examine, and it is the same element that deserves examination in any live recording. That element is the concert’s production values (I.E. its audio and video mix). Yet again, Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in Still The One: Live From Vegas a recording with only the best possible production values. Considering the sheer size of The Colosseum, handling the audio and video–especially the camera angles–had to have presented its own challenges. Because The Colosseum is such a large venue on the inside, the challenge of handling acoustic balance had to have been its own challenge. With a venue of such size, it is so easy for sound to bounce off of everything because of all of the room. This is the case even when the venue is packed with people on and off-stage. Both those charged with handling the live sound and post-production are to be commended for their painstaking efforts. That is because the end product sounds great. Every note is clear from beginning to end. And as massive as The Colosseum is, at no one point do any of the parts–from Twain’s vocals to the instrumental parts–overlap the other. It is all expertly balanced for a sound that is just as great as being there in person if not better than being there.

In regards to the concert’s video mix, having such a large venue is just as challenging as putting cameras in a smaller venue such as perhaps The Ryman Theater in Nashville or the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The challenge with such a large venue for the camera crew comes in having so many options yet so few. Camera crews still have to navigate the massive stage production that is Twain’s show and the massive number of people in attendance for the show. Those behind the cameras did their own impressive job in placement of the cameras and in the effects used to heighten the concert’s energy or draw it back in the proper moments. The cameras were placed just off stage, in strategic points in the audience and at other points high above the stage and audience. The zooms, pans and other effects are used tastefully throughout the show. And even the pacing and diversity of the shots is worth mentioning, too. Even these aspects are handled with the utmost expertise. The effect of such precision will have fans in awe especially when the concert’s audio levels are added to the mix. The end result of the camera work and that of the concert’s audio operator(s) is a concert that both looks and sounds great. And because it looks and sounds so great, it makes both the set list and the concert’s overall production completely worth the purchase for any Shania Twain fan. It also potentially makes this concert a candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings as well as one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings.

Whether for its production values, Twain’s performance coupled with the show’s overall production, or for the set list, audiences that watch Still The One: Live From Vegas on DVD and Blu-ray will find plenty of reason to enjoy this concert. All three elements together make this recording one that Shania’s fans will agree is an excellent replacement for her live shows that may or may not be done for the foreseeable future. All things considered, the noted elements also justifiably make this concert a viable candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to date the leader in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Live In Dublin Impresses Just As Much On CD As On DVD, Blu-ray

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Veteran music duo Daryl Hall and John Oates officially released its new live recording Live in Dublin this week. The recording features Hall & Oates’ July 15, 2014 performance at the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The concert marked the first time ever the Hall and Oates had ever performed as a duo at the venue. That is itself truly an incredible statement considering the fact that the duo released its debut album some forty-three years ago in 1972 and has toured the world together multiple times over since then. So it goes without saying that being the pair’s first-ever performance together at the Olympia Theater is an important event for both men and for their fans around the world. The recording is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and 2-CD. The Blu-ray and DVD presentation of the concert are both great pieces for any Hall & Oates fans. The double-disc CD presentation deserves just as much mention. There is plenty to like about the 2-CD set beginning with the set list presented across the discs. The set list is presented in exactly the same order as it is on the DVD and Blu-ray platforms. As minute as this may seem to many, it is actually very important. The reason for that importance will be discussed shortly. Another positive element of the 2-CD set is its audio mix. Thanks to the efforts of those charged with handling the audio boards and the post production, the audio is just as impressive here as it is on the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. Last of note is the band’s stage presence throughout the concert. It’s difficult to translate stage presence in an audio-only presentation. So those that pick up the 2-CD concert recording of Live in Dublin are recommended to purchase either the DVD or Blu-ray so as to fully understand and appreciate the band’s stage presence throughout the show. Fans that purchase both will agree that in seeing the band, its stage presence plays just as much a role in the success and enjoyment of the concert as the set list itself. Each element on its own plays a pivotal role in the success and enjoyment of Live in Dublin’s 2-CD. All three together prove it to be one part of a whole that not only will fans thoroughly enjoy but that proves once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin marks the first time ever that Hall & Oates have ever performed live together in Dublin. And as audiences will discover in listening to the concert even in its 2-CD format, it is a concert that was well worth the wait. The primary way in which it proves it was worth that wait is through its set list. As noted in this critic’s review of the concert’s Blu-ray presentation, the show’s set list is not necessarily what one might call a career-defining set list. However, it does handle a good amount of Hall & Oates’ career. The show’s set list takes fans all the way back to the duo’s 1973 sophomore record Abandoned Luncheonette and all the way up to its 194 record Big Bam Boom. That presents a rather large swath of material from what is one of the music world’s most well-known and beloved acts. The broad spectrum of material presented by Hall & Oates in the CD portion of its new record is just part of what makes the set list just as important in its CD presentation as in its DVD or Blu-ray presentation. The set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD presentation includes each song included in the concert presented in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. Just as key is that the set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD format is in the exact same order as in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. People take this element for granted far too often with live recordings. The reality is that in many cases, record labels will actually omit songs from a concert’s audio recording (CD) and keep them in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. In other cases, the order of the set list is shifted around between the a/v portion and the audio-only portion. The reason for omitting songs in one format and not another is obvious. That is just a ploy by record labels to make more money as DVDs and Blu-rays typically run at a higher price than their audio-only counterparts. It this illegal? No. is it ethical? Hardly. Luckily for fans of Hall & Oates, Eagle Rock didn’t use such nefarious measures for this recording. On the side of labels shifting set list orders around, it’s anyone’s guess as to why labels would do this. There’s no reason to do it. And while it happens far less than the omitting of songs, it does still happen. It doesn’t happen here, though. It’s even more proof of why the CD side of Hall & Oates’ new concert recording is just as enjoyable as its a/v side. That Eagle Rock Entertainment would maintain such a high standard also shows once more why Eagle Rock remains the leader in live recordings.

The 2-CD side of Hall & Oates’ new live recording is a key element in its success. That is because it is presented in its entirety just as in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. The fact that no song is omitted in the concert’s audio-only portion is just part of what makes the set list so important to the whole of this recording. That the concert is presented in exactly the same order in its 2-CD presentation as in its DVD and Blu-ray presentation shows even more the importance of the set list to the recording’s success. As important as the set list is to the whole of Live in Dublin in its 2-CD presentation, the concert’s audio mix is just as key to its success. And as with the audio mix in the concert’s a/v presentations, the audio mix was handled just as expertly here. Sometimes, things are lost in translation when a live show is transferred over to an audio-only presentation because of compression, etc. Luckily that didn’t happen here. The concert’s audio mix is expertly balanced throughout the show with each part perfectly balancing the other. Such quality audio is yet another standard maintained by Eagle Rock Entertainment for some time. It is yet another reason that Hall & Oates fans will enjoy this portion of the duo’s latest concert recording as much as its DVD and Blu-ray presentations. It is also another way in which Eagle Rock Entertainment continues to prove itself the leader in live recordings.

The set list that makes up Live In Dublin’s body and the concert’s audio mix are equally important elements of the whole of the recording. The set list will take long-time fans on a trip through most of Hall & Oates’ career. What’s more, those that might perhaps purchase the 2-CD presentation over the DVD and Blu-ray (although that is anything but recommended) will not feel shorted as the set list in the concert’s audio-only presentation is exactly the same as that of its a/v presentations. It is also presented in exactly the same order as those presentations. The audio mix of the 2-CD presentation makes that set list all the more enjoyable as every song included in the concert’s a/v presentations is also included here. The two elements together do plenty to make the 2-CD presentation of Live in Dublin fully enjoyable for Hall & Oates’ fans. As important as each element proves to be to the whole of Live in Dublin’s audio-only format, an understanding of the band’s stage presence makes the concert even more enjoyable and complete. The issue at hand with understanding the band’s stage presence is that it is difficult to fully comprehend or appreciate an act’s stage presence in an audio-only format. This is exactly why it is recommended that those that purchase the concert’s 2-CD set also purchase the DVD or Blu-ray. In watching the concert’s a/v side, audiences will see for themselves the band’s stage presence. The band in whole exudes such energy in its performance of ‘Family Man.’ While it holds the original song in the performance, the band has noticeably stepped up in this performance. And the funky vibes of ‘It’s Uncanny’ will take audiences back to another age as the band launches into this piece. The band’s live take of ‘It’s Uncanny’ is just as good as its original studio recording if not better than said composition. And the band’s performance of its biggest hit of all, ‘You Make My Dreams,’ is a solid performance in its own right. Interestingly enough, one would think the band’s performance of one of its biggest singles of all would be a big production. But the band opts instead for a performance that while not subdued per se is not the massive production that one would expect. Interestingly enough, because the band saves its energy for the last bars of the song, it makes this moment all the more special and memorable. Whether for that memorable moment or for the band’s performances of ‘Family Man,’ ‘It’s Uncanny’ or any of the moments not noted here, it can be said with ease that the stage presence of Daryl Hall, John Oates, and the duo’s fellow musicians throughout the concert presented here makes the set list and in turn the performance in whole all the more enjoyable for fans.

As one can hopefully see by now, the 2-CD presentation of Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin offers just as much to appreciate as its a/v counterparts. Whether for the complete and completely in order set list to the expert audio mix to the band’s stage presence and more, Live in Dublin proves itself as welcome in any fan’s home music library as the concert’s a/v side. Though, it would be recommended that any real fans add both the a/v and audio-only recordings to their library. Both together will give fans the full concert experience here and will lead fans to agree once more that Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven itself the leader in live recordings. Live in Dublin’s 2-CD set is available in stores and online now along with the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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