Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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PBS’ Richard Sherman Studio “Concert” Hits All The Right Notes For Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

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Experiencing a live performance by one’s favorite acts is a special experience.  The sights and sounds — from the performance itself to the enjoyment and excitement experienced alongside other fans — come together to make the live experience something almost as magical as it is memorable.  Of course it’s not always that easy to have that experience because of work, family or maybe other items.  Enter the live DVD and Blu-ray.  These recordings are pivotal for audiences the world over because people don’t always get to see their favorite acts.  They also often prove to give audiences an experience that is at least slightly different from that offered in their CD counterparts.  Keeping that in mind, it is fully justifiable for critics to present lists of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as live CDs.  That is exactly what this critic is doing here.

This year, as with so many years past, Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven to have the majority of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, once again proving why it is the leader in live recordings.  Of course it is not the only label represented in this critic’s list this year.  Live recordings from The Winery Dogs, The Dead Daisies, and even famed songwriter Richard Sherman (one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team) are all on the list, too alongside new material from Between The Buried and Me and Michael Schenker.  Those noted recordings are all from other labels.  In other words, this year saw a healthy range of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  With that in mind, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.  As always, the list includes this critic’s Top 10 choices as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 titles.  Let’s go!

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS/BDs

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Live From The Fox Oakland
  3. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  4. Mumford & Sons — Live From South Africa
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic
  6. Black Sabbath — The End
  7. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  8. The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. The Who — Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  10. The Winery Dogs — Dog YearsLive in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016
  11. Eagles of Death Metal — I Love You All The Time — Live at the Olympia Paris
  12. Sting — Live at the Olympia Paris
  13. Spock’s Beard — Snow Live
  14. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder
  15. Michael Schenker — Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo International Forum Hall

That’s all for this list and still not all for the live recordings.  Still to consider is the whole of the combo packs and the standalone recordings.  In other words, there is still a list of the year’s top new live recordings overall to consider.  Also still on the way are the year’s top new albums as well as a handful of DVD and Blu-ray lists.  As many as possible will be covered before the year lets out, so stay tuned for all of that.

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EODM’s New Live Recording Is A Powerhouse Performance

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The wait is almost over.  Eagle of Death Metal will release worldwide its latest live recording I Love You All The Time: Live at the Olympia In Paris.  This 19-song (technically 22 with the three bonus performances) recording is an electrifying performance from the band, and a truly powerful statement in itself to those who would try to spread fear and terror around the globe.  It is a statement to those individuals that they will not leave any one living in fear and terror, but rather will unite the world.  That is evident through the band’s fiery performance, which will be discussed later.  Examining the performance on another level, it is a concert that new and more seasoned fans alike will appreciate in part for its wide-reaching set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each element, audiences will note, is important in its own right to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make this recording one more of this year’s top new live recordings and yet more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still the leader in live recordings.

Eagles of Death Metal’s latest live recording, I Love You All The Time: Live at the Olympia in Paris, is a strong new musical effort and statement from the veteran rock outfit.  That is evidenced in part through the recording’s extensive set list.  The primary set list consists of 19 total songs, which are lifted from each of the band’s now four full-length studio recordings.  The addition of the three bonus songs, which are themselves pulled from the band’s first three albums, pushes that total to 22 songs.  Audiences will be pleased to see that a clear attempt to balance the set list was made in reading through the show’s featured songs.  Counting the bonus tracks, Peace, Love, Death Metal and Death By Sexy each received seven nods throughout the concert.  The band’s most recent album, Zipper Down (2015) is represented with five songs.  Heart On, the band’s third album, is the most lightly represented of the band’s albums, with three songs pulled for the show.  Why it was so conservatively represented is anyone’s guess.  Regardless, it is clear that the band made a full-on effort to give audiences the fullest picture possible of its catalogue in this concert.  That being the case, it becomes clear why the show’s set list is so critical to this recording.  It takes the audiences quite impressively through the band’s body of work from beginning to present.  Keeping this in mind, the concert’s set list is only one of its key elements to be examined.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to examine as the set list itself.

The band’s performance of its rich set list is so important to discuss here in that it one must take into account that this is a make-up show from the band’s Feb. 16, 2016 show at the Bataclan Theatre that was tragically cut short by terrorists.  The band’s energy throughout the course of the 90-minute-plus concert is so frenetic.  From front man Jesse Hughes’ full-on performance to Josh Homme and Julian Dorio’s often-time synchronized drumming to the work put in by the rest of the musicians on stage, not a single second is spared.  The band puts everything on that proverbial table throughout and leaves nothing there by the show’s end.  It shows entirely how much being able to perform the show meant to the band.  The audience in attendance showed its appreciation for that devotion, too, giving its all back to the band.  The result is a performance that will have home viewers just as enthralled and engaged as the audiences who were present at the concert’s taping, making the show pass before audiences even realize it is done.  That is a powerful statement in itself.  It is not the concert’s last important element either, even as important as it proves to be.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.

The production values presented throughout the course of EODM’s new live recording are collectively so important because they serve to heighten and really illustrate the energy exuded by the band in its performance.  This includes the original production and post production.  The camera work gives audiences the best seat in the house (or rather in their own houses; yes, that bad pun was intended), as they take viewers on stage with the band, into the crowd, and even into one of the theatre’s elevators with Hughes.  Through those various angles (and the hard work put in by the editors in post), audiences get a full picture of the Olympia’s size, which is apparently not that big.  The audio mix is just as important to note here.  Even with the Olympia being a semi-quaint venue, its openness absolutely cries out for a home theater system for those wanting a full concert experience.  That is not to say that the audio doesn’t sound good without a home theater system, but it such a system would not hurt the experience. Again, kudos go to those behind the editing for making the sound come out so well in the end. When this is all joined with the positives of the concert’s set list and the band’s performance the result is a concert that EODM fans everywhere will appreciate and enjoy and a work that is another one of this year’s top new live recordings.

I Love You All The Time: Live at the Olympia in Paris is one of this year’s top new live recordings and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings.  It is a strong, bold statement from Eagles of Death Metal and its fans, that shows that the good will always triumph over the evil in the world.  From a deep-reaching set list to a fiery performance by the band of that set list to top-notch production values, this recording boasts plenty of positives.  The whole of those elements makes this recording a concert that will keep audiences completely engaged from start to finish, not even realizing how much time has passed by the concert’s end.  It is that enjoyable.  Considering this, the whole of this recording makes the concert, once again, one of the year’s top new live recordings.  It will be available in stores and online Friday, Aug. 4.  more information on I Love You All The Time: Live at the Olympia Theatre is available online now along with all of Eagles of Death Metal’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EODMofficial

 

 

 

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Eagles Of Death Metal, Eagle Rock Entertainment Partner For New Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagles of Death Metal have partnered to release a very special new live recording from the band.

I Love You All The TimeLive at the Olympia in Paris will be released Aug. 4, 2017. Originally recorded Feb. 16, 2016 at the Olympia Hall, the concert was the band’s tribute to those who lost their lives during the band’s performance at the Bataclan Theatre on Nov. 13, 2015, only months prior to this concert. Audiences can check out a clip of the concert online now here.

The band’s concert at the Olympia Hall was part of its Nos Amis Tour, and features a number of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Complexity,’ ‘Don’t Speak (I Came To Make a Bang),’ and ‘Cherry Cola,’ ‘I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News), a cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save A Prayer’ and others.  The recording’s full set list is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING
1) Intro: Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S’Éveille
2) I Only Want You
3) Don’t Speak (I Came To Make A Bang!)
4) So Easy
5) Complexity
6) Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
7) I Love You All The Time
8) Cherry Cola
9) The Reverend
10) Got A Woman
11) I Got A Feelin’ (Just Nineteen)
12) Stuck In The Metal
13) Miss Alissa
14) I Like To Move In The Night
15) Secret Plans
16) Wannabe In L.A.
17) Bag O’ Miracles
18) Save A Prayer
19) I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)
20) Speaking In Tongues

Front man and band co-founder Jesse Hughes spoke to the audience before the concert, stressing the band felt finishing the concert that was so tragically cut short in November was the right thing to do. He said the city’s support of the band drove the group to decide it had to finish its previous concert as a way to honor those fans and the fans who lost their lives in that horrible event.

“The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love toward this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month,” Hughes said.  “Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming.  Not returning to finish our set was never an option.”

As an additional bonus for fans, the band and Eagle Rock Entertainment have also included a trio of live performances from the band’s Oct. 2015 performance at L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom.  Those performances are of the songs ‘Anything ‘Cept The Truth,’ ‘Bad Dream Mama’ and ‘Shasta Beast.’  These bonus clips are not included in the recording’s 2CD platform.

That 2CD platform is just one of the platforms on which the recording will be made available.  It will also be available on DVD and digital video/audio platforms through UMe.

More information on I Love You All The TimeLive at the Olympia Paris is available online now along with all of Eagles of Death Metal’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.eaglesofdeathmetal.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EODMofficial

 

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Details Announced For Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

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Shock rocker Rob Zombie will close out this year’s “Great American Nightmare” festival.  The month long horror and music festival will be held at the Fearplex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.  It will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the month of October.  This year’s festival will include music performances, screenings of classic horror films, a haunted house, and lots of food and a variety of beverages.  The haunted house is run by Steve Kopelman, one of the nation’s preeminent haunted house producers.  Kopelman’s haunted house will have three attractions, all of which will be based on Zombie’s own films.

The music side of the “Great American Nightmare” will be just as entertaining as the haunted house and movies.  Each Thursday during the month of October will feature alternative bands.  Fridays will see electronica/dance acts.  And most Saturdays will feature hard rock and metal, while Sundays will feature music from Latin acts.  Among some of the music festival’s most notable acts are:  3OH!3, 45 Grave, Beware Of Darkness, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Butcher Babies, Duane Peters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Ghost Town, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, Powerman 5000, TSOL, The Dickies, The Vandals, and Wallpaper.

Tickets to the “Great American Nightmare” are available now starting at thirty dollars.  They can be purchased online at http://GreatAmericanNightmare.com.  VIP packages are also available at the Great American Nightmare website.  Tickets include:  Access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities.  Tickets can also be bought on-site at the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex from August 30th to September 29th.  The full lineup for the “Great American Nightmare” Music Festival is listed below.

Thursday, October 10: 3OH!3, Wallpaper

 

Friday, October 11: Blood On The Dance Floor, HeavyGrinder

 

Saturday, October 12: Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie

 

Sunday, October 13: Ozomatli, with special guest

 

Thursday, October 17: The Used, William Control

 

Friday, October 18: DJ Bl3nd, DirtyLoud, One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute)

 

Saturday, October 19: The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, Duane Peters

 

Sunday, October 20: pro-wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA, Metalachi

 

Thursday, October 24: Emilie Autumn with special guest

 

Friday, October 25: Doctor P, Zomboy, Terravita, Evol Intent

 

Saturday, October 26: Motionless In White, Butcher Babies, Ghost Town

 

Sunday, October 27: Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, with special guest

 

Thursday, October 31: Andrew W.K., Mod Sun, Beware Of Darkness

 

Friday, November 1: MAJOR EDM HEADLINER to be announced on September 25, Dirtyphonics, Fei-Fei

 

Saturday, November 2: Rob Zombie, Eagles Of Death Metal, Powerman 5000, 45 Grave

 

The “Great American Nightmare” from 6:30pm – 11pm each Thursday, and Sundays, and from 6:30pm – 1am each Saturday.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Ernie Ball.

More information on the “Great American Nightmare” is available online at http://www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, https://www.facebook.com/RobZombiesGreatAmericanNightmare, and http://twitter.com/RobZombiesGAN.

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