Aerosmith To Rock The World With Its New Live Recording This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Aerosmith is giving its fans a special treat this fall.

The band announed today that it will release its new live recording Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 on Friday, September 4th. That is just in time for anyone making plans for their annual Labor Day Weekend festivities. The twenty-song set will be available on a variety of formats including: Blu-ray + 2CD, DVD +2CD, DVD +3LP, and digital formats for North American audiencs. It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD + 2CD, and DVD + 3LP in Europe and ROW along with digital platforms. The performance featured on the upcoming reealse was taken from the band’s headlining performance at the 2014 Download Festival, which was just one performance from the band’s Let Rock Rule Tour.” It features performances of some of Aerosmith’s biggest hits including: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Toys in the Attic,’ ‘Mama Kin’ and a number of others. The band’s complete set list is noted below. Fans can check out a trailer for the show online now via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xV4SPYw-as&feature=youtu.be.

The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:

1) Train Kept A-Rollin’

2) Eat The Rich

3) Love In An Elevator

4) Cryin’

5) Jaded

6) Livin’ On The Edge

7) Last Child

8) Freedom Fighter

9) Same Old Song And Dance

10) Janie’s Got A Gun

11) Toys In The Attic

12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

13) No More No More

14) Come Together

15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)

16) Walk This Way

17) Home Tonight

18) Dream On

19) Sweet Emotion

20) Mama Kin

Front man Steven Tyler shared his thoughts on the band’s performance with the media noting the band’s enjoyment during its performance and how his thoughts of so many other greats performing there played into his enjoyment. “It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” he said. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford shared the sentiment that Aerosmith’s performance at the 2014 Download Festival was one that really stood out as one of the band’s best at least for that festival. As Perry noted, “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best.” He noted that for him personally the fans that were there in attendance played a big role in making it so special. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. ” He added onto that sentiment the belief that it will be just as special for audiences that weren’t lucky enough to be there, saying, “We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.” Whitford shared Perry’s sentiment saying, “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014.” He added “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Drummer Joey Kramer and bassist Tom Hamilton echoed the thoughts of Perry and Whitford with Kramer stating, “I’m grateful to have been able to play this show at Donington. I thought the band played great, the audience was great. That night was a very special time.” Hamilton added in “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Aerosmith Rocks Donington will be released worldwide on Friday, September 4th. More information on this recording is available online along with all of Aerosmith’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.aerosmith.com, http://www.aeroforceone.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Aerosmith

More information on Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 Is The Best Of This Year’s Live BDs and DVDs So Far

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Common logic states that once a person or organization reaches its proverbial peak, the only way to go is down.  Yet somehow Eagle Rock Entertainment has defied that logic time and again as far back as can be remembered.  It has done just that yet again with the new live recording from Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Live at The Roxy 9.25.14Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 has officially taken the top spot on this critic’s list of the year’s top new live Blu-ray and DVD recordings.  The main reason that it has earned that honor is the group’s overall stage presence.  Typically, the set list is the most important element of any live recording.  In the case of this recording, the band’s performance takes center stage (bad pun fully intended).  That is not to discount the importance of the show’s set list.  The set list is important in its own right to the whole of the recording.  The show’s set list features songs from Slash’s solo career, his time with Velvet Revolver and Guns ‘N Roses, and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The total run time of the seventeen-song set comes in at just under two hours.  That is a lot of material.  It represents every era of Slash’s career, too.  That sweetens the deal even more for this concert.  Rounding out the whole presentation is its collective production values (I.E. audio mix and camera work).  As small as the Roxy is, the camera crew and its director did an outstanding job of giving audiences the best seat in the house from start to finish.  The audio mix is just as important considering the club’s relatively small size.  Thankfully those handling audio duties both at the original show and in the concert’s post production did so with the utmost expertise.  The end result of their efforts (and those of the camera crew and director) is a concert experience that is just as good as being there if not better and one that proves yet again being at the top doesn’t necessarily mean the only way to go is down especially in the case of the company that is the leader in live recordings.

One would think that considering the hugely successful stable of live recordings that it has already established in recent years, Eagle Rock Entertainment would have a hard time continuously maintaining its place atop the world of live recordings.  But somehow it has defied that logic, churning out one top notch recording after another.  Now it has added yet another recording to that apparently ever-growing stable in the form of Live at The Roxy 9.25.14, the new live recording from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The conspirators.  Due out next Tuesday, June 16th, this recording is not Eagle Rock Entertainment’s first live recording of the year.  But it is the best new live recording of the year across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in this recording a concert that shows itself to be just as good as being there is not better.  The main reason for this is the band’s performance.  Typically one would think that a concert’s set list lies at the heart of its enjoyment.  And the set list featured in this show does play a role in its enjoyment.  But there is something special, almost magical, about this performance.  There’s a special energy exuded by the band throughout the show that translates so clearly even on screen.  Even with this band being a side project for all involved, it’s almost as if Slash and company were meant to be a band.  That’s obvious throughout the concert.  From the group’s extended jam session in ‘Rocket Queen’ to the full throttle take of ‘Nightrain’ to the emotional yet hard rocking performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ and other points in between, the band exhibits a certain chemistry along with its energy.  It’s a chemistry that while unspoken is obvious.  It is obvious in the fun that the band clearly has throughout its performance.  Because the band has so much fun on stage, it makes the performance that much more fun for audiences at home.  Again that points back to the ability of the energy exuded by the band translating so well to home audiences.  In experiencing that translation for themselves, audiences will agree that the band’s performance in this concert is indeed the concert’s most important element.  Of course it is not all that is worth noting in terms of what makes it such a success.  The show’s set list is just as important to its overall enjoyment and success as the band’s performance.

The performance of all involved in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is key to the concert’s enjoyment and its overall success.  The chemistry between the performers and the energy exuded by their performance translates clearly to home audiences from start to finish.  Without a set list though, there’d be nothing to perform.  Thus we have another important element of the concert.  The set list featured in this recording culls music from every era of Slash’s career.  There are pieces from his days in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, his solo career, and of course his current work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  Taking that list of songs into consideration, audiences will be especially surprised by Kennedy’s performance in the G N’ R songs.  That is because he sounds just like a young Axel Rose if not better.  Heck, it could even be argued that he [Kennedy] even resembles Rose in his youth to a point right down to his mannerisms in his performances of those classic songs.  Meanwhile Slash’s almost unassuming demeanor throughout each song hasn’t changed since those days.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  Getting back on track, the set list assembled for this recording is a solid representation of every era of Slash’s career.  Given a strong majority of the set’s songs (six songs to be exact) are classic G N’ R songs.  But there is still a solid mix of music from the guitarist’s solo recordings and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The set list itself is impressive to say the least.  Its ordering makes it just as impressive as the band builds the energy and pulls it back at just the right moments from beginning to end.  Home viewers will remain just as fully engaged as those that were there in attendance at the show’s taping thanks to that smart sequencing and related performance of each song.  It’s just another way that the show’s set list shows itself to be just as important as the band’s performance in this recording.  Together, the set list and performance make a strong, solid argument as to why this recording is the best of the year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs so far (and potentially overall).  It still isn’t the do all-end all for the recording, either.  As impressive as both the show’s set list and the band’s performance prove to be in whole, neither would be worth noting if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  Their collective efforts round out the ways in which the recording proves itself so enjoyable.

The set list featured in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 and the band’s performance of said set list are of equal importance to the whole of the recording in terms of its ability to connect with home viewers.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s success, it would be pointless to note either one if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  This includes the work put in both during the course of the concert and in its post-production.  It is thanks to the work of those behind the cameras that home viewers actually get the best seat in the house.  They might not be right there singing and rocking along with the band and the rest of the masses pushed into the club’s small confines.  But that is a good thing in this case.  The camera crew catches the concert from so many different angles both from the crowd and the stage, even getting close-ups of Slash’s work on his guitar.  On a related note, the work of those handling the concert’s audio is to be commended, too.  This includes both those handling the mics at the concert and those mastering the sound in post-production for the concert’s home release.  The Roxy is not the biggest venue in the world.  That means that it was much easier for the sound to bounce all over the place.  Thankfully, those handling the audio for the show both in person and after the fact took that into account and balanced everything.  This has led to a sound in the recording that is perfectly balanced.  It is a sound that especially those with home theater systems will especially appreciate.  Together with the concert’s set list, the band’s performance of said set list, and the work of the concert’s camera crew, audiences get a concert in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 that they will want to watch again and again.  They get a show that is one of the best of the year’s live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best of the year.

Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is one of the best of the year’s best new live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best.  It proves this through the performance of Slash and his band mates.  It proves it through the show’s set list and through the work of those charged with recording the concert and bringing it to audiences in the best possible quality. Whether for just one of the noted elements or for all of them combined, audiences will agree that all three elements make Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 a piece that every fan will enjoy. They also make it more proof of why this concert is one of the best of this year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs and why Eagle Rock Entertainment shows no sign of falling from its spot atop the world of live recordings. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Black Veil Brides To Release Debut Live Recording This Summer

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Black Veil brides will release its first-ever live recording this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Alive and Burning on Friday, July 10th. The band’s first-ever live recording, it will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally via iTunes. Alive and Burning was recorded live on November 1st, 2014 during the band’s hometown show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The show was part of the band’s 2014 “Black Mass Tour” presented by Hot Topic. It features seventeen songs pulled from the band’s now four full-length studio releases including: ‘Knives and Pens,’ ‘Fallen Angels,’ ‘Faithless,’ and ‘The End’ just to name a small handful. The complete set list for the recording is noted below.

Track Listing


1) Heart Of Fire

2) I Am Bulletproof

3) Coffin

4) Faithless

5) Wretched & Divine

6) Knives & Pens

7) Overture

8) Shadows Die

9) Last Rites

10) Rebel Love Song

11) Drum Solo

12) The Legacy

13) Sweet Blasphemy

14) Perfect Weapon

15) Fallen Angels

16) Rebel Yell

17) In The End

Plus bonus feature “Meet The Fans”

Audiences can check out the trailer for Alive and Burning online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kverarFmT50&feature=youtu.be. More information on Alive and Burning is available online now along with all of the latest news from Black Veil Brides at:

Website: http://www.blackveilbrides.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blackveilbrides

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Eagle Rock Announces Release Date, Specs For Upcoming Elliot Smith Documentary

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its latest new music documemtary this summer.

Elliot Smith: Heaven Adores You will be released Friday, July 17th. The documentary examines the life and work of famed singer/songwriter Elliot Smith. It is the first documentary to do so. Smith first rose to fame in the 1990s and early 2000s before his untimely death at the age of 34 in 2003. The documentary mixes together bits and pieces of Smith’s previously unreleased and unfinished songs with a look back at his life and career to paint a picture of a man who was both a genuinely talented musician and yet a troubled soul. Along with the previously unreleased and unfinished songs, the program also features some of Smith’s greatest hits including: ‘Miss Misery,’ ‘Happiness,’ ‘Son of Sam,’ and ‘Waltz #2.’ There is also a bonus performance of ‘Heaven Adores You’ from Aaron Espinoza (vocalist/guitarist for indie rock band Earlimart) included in the program and roughly an hour of interviews with those that contributed to the documentary’s creation. Audiences can check out a trailer for the documentary online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOnImKYMpSs&feature=youtu.be.

Elliot Smith: Heaven Adores You will be available in stores and online Friday, July 17th. It will be available both on DVD and Blu-ray.  the DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $19.98. It can be pre-ordered online now at http://www.myplaydirect.com/elliott-smith. Fans that pre-order the documentary through this website can get it as part of a bundle that also includes a bonus T-Shirt.

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Latest Live Recording Is Another Great Addition To Any Fan’s Music Library

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Next month, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release its new archived concert recording Sweet Home Alabama. The double disc recording is the first of a handful of archived recordings to be released by the band this year. And it is also the best of said recordings. The main way in which it impresses so easily is the list of songs included on both discs. The set list featured in the main concert (Disc 1) features mostly music from the original LS lineup. The only more recent song included in the main set is the song ‘Down South Jukin,’ which is included on the band’s 1994 compilation record Endangered Species. Other than that one song, the rest of the concert’s set list is pure, classic Lynyrd Skynyrd. The recording’s second disc features its own share of classic Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes, too. For that matter, it includes what are perhaps two of the biggest of the band’s many hits. It does so twice over, too which leads to another of the recording’s positives. Not only do fans get a complete set from the then current Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup in this recording but they also get a few songs from the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup from its 1974 performance at the famed Rockpalast festival. Last but not least of all worth noting of this recording is its audio mix. The audio mix stands out in a subtle yet important way in this recording. This will be discussed later. Being taken into consideration with the recording’s set lists and its presentation of Skynyrd from two eras, the whole of Sweet Home Alabama proves to be another great addition to any Skynyrd fan’s music library. What’s more it proves yet again why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s upcoming archived Lynyrd Skynyrd performance Sweet Home Alabama is a great addition to any Lynyrd Skynyrd fan’s music library. The double disc CD set is a follow-up of sorts to the concert’s DVD presentation, which was originally released in 2008. It hasn’t been until now that the concert’s CD presentation will have seen the light of day. For those that have not had the pleasure of seeing the original DVD presentation of Sweet Home Alabama its 2-CD platform is just as welcome as the DVD. The main reason that it is such a welcome addition to any LS fan’s music library is its set lists. Presented here are two set lists from two completely different eras of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s life. By and large, both set lists are composed of classic LS songs. The only “newer” song featured in the whole of the presentation is ‘Down South Jukin.’ That song was taken from the band’s 1994 album Endangered Species. Other than that one song, the rest of the recording is made up of nothing but classic LS dating all theway back to the band’s debut 1973 record (Pronounced leh-nerd Skin-nerd). It includes some of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Saturday Night Special,’ ‘Workin’ For MCA,’ ‘Swamp Music’ and of course perhaps the biggest of the band’s many hits ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Free Bird.’ In regards to ‘Free Bird,’ audiences will be happy to know that both in the band’s 1996 performance and that from 1974, it is featured in its entirety. The only real surprise of the whole recording is that there’s no sign of ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ or ‘The Ballad of Curtis Loew.’ Beggars can’t be choosers, though. Even with the absence of either song, audiences still get quite the impressive collection of songs considering the makeup of these two shows. It’s just one way in which Sweet Home Alabama proves itself a welcome addition to any LS fan’s music library.

The songs that make up Sweet Home Alabama’s two set lists more than make for a great concert for fans. They are tied directly in to another way in which it proves itself a great addition to any LS fan’s music library–its presentation of LS in two different lineups and eras. Audiences get in the main concert LS in its then present lineup featuring former front man Ronnie Van Zant’s brother Johnny on vocals. He is joined by many of Ronnie’s old band mates and some new members including: Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Dale Krantz-Rossington, and Carol Chase. The bonus 1974 concert features a handful of performances by the original LS lineup of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Ed King, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Owen Hale, and Bob Burns. Listening to both lineups, it is amazing to hear the strength and fire that still burned bright under the band in 1996, nearly two decades after one of the music world’s worst tragedies. Of course that could be chalked up to the fact that the surviving band members did in fact take some time away for themselves after that fateful plane crash in 1977. Considering the band’s strength and stage presence in its 1974 show, it makes that plane crash all the more tragic. That is because the ’74 show presented a band at the top of its game. One can only imagine what the original LS lineup would have sounded like if not for that horrible tragedy only three years later. Sadly the world will never know. Regardless, it is clear that LS was obviously back on top of its game in its ’96 show. Considering the band’s strength and stage performance in both shows, it paints a vivid picture of the band’s bond both in its old era and its then new era. That picture of strength in both lineups makes even more clear what makes Sweet Home Alabama a welcome addition to any LS fan’s music library.

The set lists that make up Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1996 and 1974 Rockpalast performances make for plenty of reason that any of the band’s fans will want to add this recording to their music libraries. The strength and solid stage presence presented by both lineups adds even more interest to the recording. That is because it puts on exhibit LS before the tragedy that would forever change it and the band years after that tragic crash. Both elements are important in their own way to the whole of Sweet Home Alabama. They are not all that makes it another impressive live recording from LS and Eagle Rock Entertainment. The concerts’ production values should be taken into consideration in examining the recording, too. Every part within the songs is expertly balanced. Even with recording technology having changed a lot since 1974 that recording sounds just as good as the band’s ’96 show. On another, more subtle level, those charged with handling the shows’ audio mixes both at the concerts and in post production are to be commended for their efforts. They are especially worthy of praise for balancing the audio levels both during the band’s performances of its songs and in the interludes in which the Van Zant brothers each interact with the audiences. This means that audiences don’t have to constantly turn up and down the volume on their radios from one song to the next. It’s an aspect of live recordings that far too few audio engineers take into account when preparing live shows for purchase. Thankfully those handling these concerts’ audio did. The end result of their efforts is two concerts that are just as enjoyable for their expert audio production as for the shows’ set lists and the band’s stage presence. It is one more way in which Sweet Home Alabama shows itself one more welcome addition to any LS fan’s music library and why once again Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven itself the leader in live recordings.

Staying on the element of the recording’s audio mix, the clarity of the concerts’ interludes reveals some language that older audiences might find objectionable for some younger listeners. This includes both the performances of the songs and the interludes. Being that this is not noted anywhere on the packaging for the dual-disc set, it should at least be noted here. It means that audiences should use their discretion in listening and letting younger listeners hear this recording. That aside, it is still a recording that at least older LS fans will enjoy. That’s not to say that younger audiences can’t enjoy these two concerts. But older audiences should use their discretion in letting younger listeners hear certain parts of the concerts.

Sweet Home Alabama is not the only live Lynyrd Skynyrd recording to be released this year. It is however the best live Lynyrd Skynyrd live recording to be released so far. When comparing it to the others planned for release this year, it proves in the end to be potentially the best of the band’s planned live releases. That is thanks first and foremost to the set lists that make up both concerts. The set lists are composed mainly of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classics save for just one song. Getting to hear Lynyrd Skynyrd both before and after its untimely tragedy paints a vivid picture of a band that has proven just as strong both before and after. Each element by itself shows why Sweet Home Alabama is another welcome addition to any LS fan’s library. All three elements together show it not only to be a great addition to any LS fan’s personal music collection but yet another reason that Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leader in live recordings. It will be available Tuesday, June 2nd in a double-disc presentation and will retail for MSRP of $17.98. A 2-LP is also scheduled for release later this year. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Audiences Of All Musical Tastes Will Enjoy Enjoy Eagle Rock Entertainment’s New Dylan Documentary

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new music documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is an interesting new presentation. Regardless of whether audiences are fans of Bob Dylan and his body of work or fans of the artists recruited to resurrect Dylan’s “long lost” there is plenty for audiences of all ages and tastes to like throughout the program beginning fittingly with its virtual music history lesson. The program’s very presentation style is another element of the documentary that audiences will appreciate. Despite essentially being a standard “making of” feature, it doesn’t come across like so many other guerilla style making of peices thrown together by so many other acts just to sell records. And then of course there is the bonus material. In the case of this Blu-ray, the bonus material lives up to its name as it brings the whole presentation full circle. It doesn’t present the finished product of each song rehearsed in the main feature. But it does give audiences a look at the finished product of half of the noted songs. And that’s only the beginning of what makes the bonus material a true bonus. That will be discussed later. Taking into consideration everything noted here, Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued proves itself a music documentary well worth the watch by audiences of any musical taste.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new music documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is an interesting work that audiences of any musical taste should see. It should be noted right off the top that it is not a piece that audiences of any age should see. that is because there is some language older audiences might find questionable for some younger viewers. There is also one scene from some vintage 1960s film that shows a topless woman dancing with a group of other people. None of this seems to be noted anywhere on the documentariy’s casing. So it would be irresponsible if this critic didn’t note these issues right off the bat. Having gotten that out of the way, this program is still one that older audiences of any musical taste will want to see. The central reason for that is that it is within itself a virtual music history lesson. The lesson is centered on a group of previously “undiscovered” writings from none other than legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Audiences get a glimpse into where the writings came from, how they originally came into being so many decades ago and even their original intent. Some of this information is provided by Dylan himself even though the only time that Dylan actually appears on camera is in vintage footage of Dylan with his band mates collected for the documentary. Audiences will be surprised to learn that many of the writings if not all of them were never even intended for mass consumtion by fans. Audiences will be just as interested to learn why Dylan and company opted to record the original songs literally in the basement of a house instead of the sterility of a studio as they watch. That little factoid is in itself quite enlightening. there is even more information thrown out throughout the program that audiences will find interesting. So that will be left to viewers to discover for themselves. That information coupled with the information noted here shows clearly to be a history lesson that intended or not serves as one of the most important elements of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued in its enjoyment. It is only part of the program that makes it a joy for fans. The documentary’s overall shooting and presentation style make for their own enjoyment in this case, too.

The overall shooting style and manner of presentation in Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued make for just as much reason for audiences to check out the program as its virtual music history lesson. “Making of documentaries” are all too commonplace in today’s music industry. The problem with all of the “documentaries” is that few prove to be memorable in any form or fashion. More often than not they are throwaway extras used to convince audiences to purchase already overpriced albums that are themselves forgettable. They are typically shot in guerilla, home-video style and presented as such, too. Thankfully none of this applies to Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. What audiences get in this program is a piece that fully lives up to the title of music documentary. It is an expertly shot and edited program that ties together music’s past and present and will in turn keep audiences engaged from beginning to end. There are no fast moving pans or tilts from the camera crew. And the music being rehearsed makes the presentation emotionally moving and powerful both as the recruited artists–who are themselves some of the music world’s biggest names today–work together and by themselves. There are no jump cuts. And while some special effects are used, they are used sparingly throughout, making the presentation all the more worth the watch.

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued more than lives up to the title of music documentary. It is the total antithesis of the largely forgettable throwaway pieces out there that masquerade as making of documentaries. This includes the standalone pieces and the ones that are thrown in with albums that are themselves largely forgettable. It stands out from those presentations thanks in large part to its professional production values and its virtual music history lesson. Both elements play their own important part in the success and enjoyment of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. As important as each element proves in the long run, there is one more element to note that brings the presentation full circle. That element is the documentary’s collective bonus material. The bonus material in this case is a presentation of some of the songs featured in the main feature in their entirety. While not all twelve of the featured songs are included as bonus material. No fewer than half of the songs are featured, though. Having gone through the rehersals and creative process presented in the program’s main feature, the half dozen songs featured as bonus material are essentially a reward for audiences that watched the creative process that led to the songs. Again, while not all twelve songs presented in the main feature are included with the bonus material, the half dozen that are featured bring the presentation in whole full circle.

The full song “performances” featured in the bonus features of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued are themselves bonus for audiences. They are bonuses in large part because they finally let audiences hear at least some of the presented songs in their identity. That isn’t the only reason that they are bonuses, though. They are bonuses also because of the fact that each song features one of the recruited artists leading the given songs in his or her own style. Because each of the recruited artists gets to lead at least one song included in the bonus features, not one of the noted songs sounds like the other. Each comopsition has a sound and style completely separate from the others. It shows each artist’s own musical roots and influences thus deepening the program in whole even more. It is within itself a bonus of the bonus material and one more reason that audiences will want to watch Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is one of the more interesting music documentaries that has been released so far this year. For that matter, it is one of the only presentations released so far this year that rightfully deserves to be called a documentary. That is thanks in large part to its virtual music history lesson. Whether or not the history lesson was intended, it is there. The program’s production values set it apart from all of thoe throwaway pieces that try to pretend to be documentaries, too. And the bonus material rewards audiences that stayed and watched Bob Dylan’s “long lost” slowly come to life in more than one way. All three elements together show why audiences of all musical tastes, if not ages, will want to watch this documentary. Together, they show that while Eagle Rock is known largely as the leader in live recordings, it holds its own in the world of music documentaries, too. Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 26th. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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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

All of the latest news from Justin Hayward is available online now at:

Website: http://www.justinhayward.com

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