Kings of Leon to release DVD “Live at the O2 London, England”

Kings of Leon Live
Kings of Leon Live
Capping off a monumental year, RCA Records is excited to announce the release of the DVD Kings of Leon: Live At The O2 London, England, on November 10, 2009. The Blu Ray version comes out on November 24. It is the first DVD Kings of Leon have ever released.

Produced by Emer Patten and directed by Nick Wickham, it captures the band performing at the top of their game in front of 18,000 adoring fans on June 30, 2009, one of a three-night stint that sold out within one hour of tickets going on sale. These shows were some of the biggest of the band’s career in the country that was the first to embrace them, and the symbolism and excitement is palpable.

Kings of Leon have been on a headlining arena tour for several weeks, with one week left, and the response has been fantastic. The Dallas Morning News called the live show “alluring, yet explosive, youthful yet seasoned,” while the Minneapolis Star Tribune said that the band “never sounded any better.” The Boston Herald reviewed their show by saying Kings of Leon are still a “no-nonsense, fast-paced hard-rock band,” while the Las Vegas Weekly called the band a “four-man rock’n’roll monarchy.”

The tracklisting for the DVD is as follows:

Notion
Be Somebody
Taper Jean Girl
My Party
Molly’s Chambers
Red Morning Light
Fans
California Waiting
Milk
Closer
Crawl
Four Kicks
Charmer
Sex on Fire
The Bucket
On Call
Cold Desert
Use Somebody
Slow Night, So Long
Knocked Up
Manhattan
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Arctic Monkeys – “At The Apollo” CD and DVD review

Arctic Monkeys - At The Apollo
Arctic Monkeys - At The Apollo
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Title: At The Apollo
Label: Warner Bros.
Rating: 6/10

Corporate line:
Exclusive two disc (DVD/CD) U.S. edition includes a bonus 10 track live album recorded in Austin, Texas (exclusive to this release). “At The Apollo” is the first ever official live DVD release by the Arctic Monkeys. The 76 minute film documents the last gig of their 2007 world tour at the Manchester Apollo. It was directed by Richard Ayoade who has directed music videos for Super Furry Animals, Vampire Weekend and The Last Shadow Puppets but is better known as an actor in The Mighty Boosh and The I.T. Crowd. Disc extras include two bonus tracks, a split screen option for the first half of the film and a multi-angle option with Matt Helders drum track.

The review:
First off, this DVD is raw. Raw like your cousin in his first year of film school shot it. But that is also the sort of thing you’d expect from the Arctic Monkeys. As a fan it’s impossible to complain about the music. The songs are all great. After all, we gave the two CDs they’ve released raving reviews. But the sound quality on this CD leaves a lot to be desired. There are some interesting tracks for the completely uninitiated Arctic Monkeys fan: “Da Frame 2R” and “Plastic Tramp.” But those aren’t going to make up for the lack of quality on the DVD.

The CD fares better than the DVD. The sound quality is a bit sloppy in the beginning but gets better–as if the guy woke up at the soundboard a few songs in.

Finally:
“At The Apollo” is no substitute for missing an Arctic Monkeys show. It might be a cool piece of memorabilia if you got to see them and wanted to remind yourself how cool they were in person, but you’ll never convince friends that the show was great by watching the DVD.

Coheed and Cambria release CD/DVD Neverender box set

Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
“Neverender” was the landmark event where for the first time ever, Coheed and Cambria performed all four of their concept albums in entirety over four nights. TODAY you can re-witness this incredible journey through an amazing box set containing not only a DVD and audio CD of each night’s performance, but also a must-have photobook and documentary DVD that captures the journey leading to this spectacular event. In addition, the limited edition deluxe NEVERENDER: CHILDREN OF THE FENCE EDITION box set also contains a collectible dragonfly.

There are only 15,000 limited box sets available worldwide.

Neverender was originally intended to take place in New York and Los Angeles exclusively. The 15,000 tickets for these shows sold out entirely within an astounding three hours of going on sale. When the band saw how fast all 8 shows sold, they decided to extend the tour to include Chicago and London.

“‘Neverender’ came about because we wanted to celebrate the end of the Coheed and Cambria saga in a special way,” says Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez. “We wanted to come up with an idea that paid proper respect to this phase of our career, while at the same time gave our fans something truly unique and different. Many of these songs have never been played in front of an audience before so I think we’re going to be freaking out at the same time our fans are. It’s going to be a major challenge. We’re psyched our fans have been so loyal and amazing. We figured they deserved this.”

“Brilliant. Words absolutely fail to describe how epic this thing is. If you don’t have it, get it. It’s worth every penny. They’re so bloody tight, and the musicianship is just astounding! This is an incredible celebration of Coheed and their career so far. The documentary is really cool and enlightening as well. A great package. This is why I love Coheed. They’re truly like no other band out there right now.”

“Wow, just wow, I’m not sure that I can find the words to describe the incredible quality of these DVDs (haven’t gotten to the CDs yet). The editing is beyond brilliant, every shot flows so well with the music. The camera work is phenomenal, scoping individual members at the perfect times, cutting back to the full band, consistently peppered with the very best of the crowd’s intensity.”

Pick up your copy now before it’s too late!

The Grateful Dead – Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 – review

The album marks the 30th anniversary of The Dead’s historic concerts at Giza-More than 3 hours of rare and previously unreleased music remastered in HDCD plus over 100 minutes of extremely rare, previously unseen concert and behind the scenes footage.

Grateful Dead
Artist: Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978
Title: Grateful Dead
Label: Rhino
Rating: 8/10

Corporate line:
The album marks the 30th anniversary of The Dead’s historic concerts at Giza-More than 3 hours of rare and previously unreleased music remastered in HDCD plus over 100 minutes of extremely rare, previously unseen concert and behind the scenes footage.

The review:
Fans have been experiencing the Grateful Dead Egypt concert on bootlegs with variable qualities. By all indications this is a concert that should have been released on CD/DVD or some other audio/visual release long ago. Just listening the CD you can feel the immensity of the concert and when you watch it on DVD you can see it–but the visual is never as good as the audible version.

The DVD version is far too herky-jerky. It’s amateurish but even that won’t deter fans of the Dead. With two days of footage spread out over an hour you get some tasty bits to enjoy. It’s just a shame the quality wasn’t above average. It seems clear no one realized at the time the enormity of the concert so it wasn’t given the due at the time. If the Dead had enlisted a professional camera crew this might have been one of the great concert videos of all time.

The best aspects of the CD are the vast number of great songs. The recordings aren’t perfect by any means. There are reports of equipment failures and other reasons why everything didn’t go as planned, but you can’t argue with a set list that looks like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Terrapin Station,” “Looks Like Rain” and “Ramble on Rose.” There is a lot to love aurally–as long as you aren’t expecting perfection.

Here is the full album setlist:

Disc 1

1. “Jack Straw”

2. “Row Jimmy”

3. “New, New Minglewood Blues”

4. “Candyman”

5. “Looks Like Rain”

6. “Stagger Lee”

7. “I Need A Miracle”

8. “It’s All Over Now”

9. “Deal”

Disc 2

1. “Ollin Arageed”

2. “Fire On The Mountain”

3. “Iko Iko”

4. “Shakedown Street”

5. “Drums”

6. “Space”

7. “Truckin’”

8. “Stella Blue”

9. “Around And Around”

DVD

Track Listing

1.“Bertha”

2. “Good Lovin’”

3. “Row Jimmy”

4. “New, Minglewood Blues”

5. “Candyman”

6. “Looks Like Rain”

7. “Deal”

8. “Ollin Arageed”

9. “Fire On The Mountain”

10. “Iko Iko”

11. “I Need A Miracle”

12. “It’s All Over Now”

13. “Truckin’”

Featurette: “The Vacation Tapes”

The Smashing Pumpkins to release “If All Goes Wrong” DVD

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Coming Home Media will release If All Goes Wrong, a double DVD commemorative package celebrating the recent reunion and extraordinary 20-year career of The Smashing Pumpkins, one of rock’s defining and most acclaimed bands, on Nov. 11th.

Directed and produced by Jack Gulick (Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Steve Miller Band, Godsmack) and Daniel E Catullo III (Steve Miller Band, Godsmack, Rush, Dave Matthews Band), the two DVD set contains the 105-minute documentary, also titled If All Goes Wrong, plus The Fillmore Residency, a full concert filmed in late July and early August of 2007 over five of the 11 sold-out nights at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.

The concert disc was captured in 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition from 12 cameras and features seven all new tracks not available anywhere else, along with new versions of fan favorites and a selection of Pumpkins rarities.

From the opening note to the final chord, the documentary If All Goes Wrong showcases a band returning with an “enveloping epic force” (Los Angeles Times) as it traces The Smashing Pumpkins during their 19-show residency, which began with eight shows at Asheville, NC’s Orange Peel in late June and continued through 11 sold-out nights at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium. Interviews with band members, fans, journalists and fellow musicians reveal the fears, excitement, determination, exhaustion and tension inherent in main singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Billy Corgan and his newly revitalized musical unit.

“We went into the residencies hopeful to play some new music, with the idea I would write during the day and we could maybe even play new songs that same night,” Corgan comments. “What I didn’t anticipate is how much the process would inspire me, positively and negatively, to report what I was seeing and feeling from the shows. The documentary shows that process in an interesting way that reveals the link between the band and our audience.”

The documentary also includes Voices Of The Ghost Children, a featurette about the band’s fans, and an interview with The Who’s legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend as bonus material.

The concert portion of the If All Goes Wrong, entitled The Fillmore Residency, runs 115 minutes and includes seven of the almost 20 all-new compositions the band composed and performed exclusively during the residencies that are available exclusively on this release. With 15 songs in all, the concert – captured in 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition from 12 cameras – showcases the band as they explore the freedom afforded to them in a live setting, including the 30+ minute opus “Gossamer”. Along with the new tracks, the concert also includes alternate versions of fan favorites and a selection of Pumpkins rarities. The Fillmore Residency also includes five songs recorded live from the floor of The Fillmore that gives fans an intimate glimpse of the band as a performing entity.

Formed in Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins have sold over 30 million albums since releasing Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991. More platinum and multi-platinum albums followed, including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream. The pivotal group’s many hits include “Disarm,” “Today,” “Cherub Rock,” “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” – songs which defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.

The Pumpkins contributed multiple songs to various compilations before releasing Adore, Machina/The Machines of God and Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music prior to their break-up in 2000. They returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist, a powerful rebirth and reaffirmation of the Smashing Pumpkins by two of its key members, Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, now joined by Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Ginger Reyes (bass) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards). Earlier this year, The Smashing Pumpkins were inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk, and this month became the first band to record a new song exclusively for Guitar Hero®.

Coming Home Media this year also released the Platinum-selling The Steve Miller Band: Live From Chicago, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Music Video charts amid across-the-board critical acclaim and wide media attention.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DISC 1:

*”If All Goes Wrong” documentary

*”Voices Of The Ghost Children” featurette

*Interview with The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DISC 2:

*The Fillmore Residency

1. The Rose March*

2. Peace + Love*

3. 99 Floors*

4. Superchrist

5. Lucky 13

6. Starla

7. Death From Above

8. The Crying Tree Of Mercury

9. Winterlong

10. Heavy Metal Machine

11. Untitled

12. No Surrender*

13. Gossamer*

14. Zeitgeist

Bonus Tracks: Live From The Floor Of The Fillmore

*”99 Floors”

*”Peace + Love”

*”No Surrender”

*”Mama”*

*”Promise Me”*

*previously unreleased

Foo Fighters to release Wembley Stadium performance on DVD

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165,000 tickets sold and more than four hours of music later, FOO FIGHTERS have now immortalized their biggest ever headline stand: FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, an 18-song DVD and Blu-Ray document of their two sold out Wembley Stadium shows, will be released November 18th.

The Wembley concerts, which took place Friday and Saturday June 6 and 7 of this year, sold out within 24 hours, making them the biggest headline performances of the band’s illustrious career–as well as the biggest rock shows staged at the new Wembley Stadium to date.

FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM is a career-spanning live opus, drawing on all six of Foo Fighters’ studio albums, featuring Dave Grohl (vocals/guitar), Taylor Hawkins (drums/vocals), Nate Mendel (bass) and Chris Shiflett (guitar) ripping through classics “Times Like These,” “Everlong,” “Monkey Wrench,” “All My Life” and “Learn To Fly” as well as new live staples including “Long Road To Ruin.” Elsewhere the core FF four are joined by co-founding FF guitarist Pat Smear, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, violinist/cellist Jessy Greene and percussionist Drew Hester on the DVD’s blazing opener “The Pretender” as well as a semi-acoustic mid-set section featuring intimate versions of “My Hero,” the Grohl-penned Nirvana B-Side “Marigold,” Hawkins’ lead vocal turn on “Cold Day In The Sun” and more.

Like the Wembley weekend, FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM concludes with a triumphant and highly emotional “Best Of You” with a closing chorus of 85,000 fans leaving Grohl visibly moved.

Early on in the evening’s festivities, Grohl asked the crowd “How did this band get so f***ing big?” By the close of the weekend, 165,000 people knew the answer. And now with the release of FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, so will you.

FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM

1 The Pretender
2 Times Like These
3 No Way Back
4 Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)
5 Learn To Fly
6 Long Road To Ruin
7 Breakout
8 Stacked Actors
9 Skin And Bones
10 Marigold
11 My Hero
12 Cold Day In The Sun
13 Everlong
14 Monkey Wrench
15 All My Life
16 Rock And Roll
17 Ramble On
18 Best Of You

Clutch announce new DVD and tour

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Maryland rockers CLUTCH are proud to announce their first-ever live DVD, FULL FATHOM FIVE, Video Field Recordings, which is set for release on August 12. CLUTCH will also release a live companion CD, entitled FULL FATHOM FIVE, Audio Field Recordings. All tracks on the DVD and CD were recorded & filmed in late 2007 and early 2008 in New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Denver and Australia.

The FULL FATHOM FIVE, Video Field Recordings DVD features 20 songs PLUS bonus features, and the audio CD contains 15 songs. “Texan Book of the Dead” is the first single and video to be released.

After a late summer European tour, CLUTCH will headline the US with The Sword and Graveyard from Sept 15th to October 9th in support of the upcoming releases. The Bakerton Group, CLUTCH’s psychedelic jazz/rock alter ego, will be playing their first-ever headlining show on October 10 in Hollywood.

FULL FATHOM FIVE, will be released August 12 on CLUTCH’s brand-new Weathermaker Music.

CLUTCH recently hired industry veteran Jon Nardachone to oversee the new Weathermaker Music. As Label Manager, he will run day-to-day operations out of the Weehawken, NJ office of The Syndicate, whom Weathermaker have brought in to promote and market FULL FATHOM FIVE.

Weathermaker Music and CLUTCH will team up with MERCH.COM for the August 12th release of the FULL FATHOM FIVE DVD and CD. MERCH.COM and all CLUTCH-related web sites will have excusive rights to all mail-order products involving FULL FATHOM FIVE. The band will also be selling these items on the road and in certain retail locations.

Clutch on tour:

7/26 – Tulsa, OK – Diversafest 2nd Stage (headlining)

8/02 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues (w/ Murphy’s Law)

Clutch w/ The Sword and Graveyard:

9/18 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Millennium

9/19 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans

9/20 – Fayetteville, NC – Jester’s

9/21 – Kill Devil Hills, NC – The Pit

9/23 – Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel

9/24 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

9/25 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

9/26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

9/27 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre

9/29 – Birmingham, AL – Work Play

9/30 – Knoxville, TN – Valarium

10/1 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

10/3 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock

10/4 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheatre

10/5 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo

10/6 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

10/7 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre

10/9 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s

10/10 – Hollywood, CA – The Roxy (The Bakerton Group w/Year Long Disaster & Graveyard

The Muppet Show: The Complete Third Season come to DVD

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It’s time to welcome back Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang when all 24 irreverent and witty episodes of The Muppet Show: The Complete Third Season come to DVD on May 20, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Available on DVD for the first time, the complete third season of the Emmy® Award winning comedy series comes in a special four-disc set with new behind the scenes bonus features and rare original skits every fan must own!

Season Three of this longtime audience favorite added the distinguished Peabody Award to The Muppet Show’s impressive list of awards, which includes four Primetime Emmys. Highlights of Season Three include an unforgettable duet between Gilda Radner (Saturday Night Live) and a giant carrot, as well as guest appearances by Sylvester Stallone, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Alice Cooper and Cheryl Ladd.

Created by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson and featuring the inimitable voice talents of Frank Oz, The Muppet Show introduces audiences to the ultimate puppet femme fatale, Miss Piggy, and also stars Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Animal and a host of other iconic characters. The show’s zany skits, hilarious gags, and upbeat musical numbers make it a true family favorite, slyly clever enough for the discerning adult and silly enough for the child in everyone. Digitally restored and fully re-mastered, The Muppet Show: The Complete Third Season features more of the magical moments that made Henson’s plush puppets a worldwide phenomenon.

Already a well known television personality from his successful stint on “Sesame Street,” Kermit the Frog launches an outrageous vaudeville-style variety show starring his Muppet friends and featuring a weekly celebrity guest star. Riding herd on the spirited Muppet troupe keeps Kermit on his toes as the camera goes backstage to document the rivalries and romances of his all star cast.

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets comes to DVD

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Walt Disney Pictures and legendary action producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) present a spectacular, star-studded race across the globe when National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets comes to DVD, two-disc Gold Collection DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 20, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. This thrilling Adventure for the Whole Family is priced at $29.99 SRP; 2-Disc Gold Collector’s Edition Gold Collection DVD and Blu-ray Disc are each $34.99 SRP.

The missing pages of a diary hold a secret so explosive it could change the course of history in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. An irresistible blend of historical fact and fiction, the high-voltage adventure stars Academy Award© winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor; Leaving Las Vegas, 1996) as Benjamin Franklin Gates, treasure hunter extraordinaire. A search to uncover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, is packed with breathtaking stunts, awe-inspiring backdrops and a lightning-paced international treasure hunt.

Oscar© winners Jon Voight (Best Actor, 1979; Coming Home) and Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2007) head up an extraordinary supporting cast that also includes Oscar nominees Ed Harris (Best Actor, Pollock, 2001; and Best Supporting Actor; The Hours, 2003; The Truman Show 1999 and Apollo 13, 1996) and Harvey Keitel, (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1992) as well as rising stars Diane Kruger (Troy) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure). The film is directed by Jon Turteltaub, who also directed the blockbuster original.

Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates is back—and this time it’s personal. When his great grandfather is implicated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Ben (Nicolas Cage) is determined to clear his name, even if it means bringing together his acrimoniously divorced parents (Jon Voight and Helen Mirren). In a rollicking adventure that ranges from Buckingham Palace to Mount Rushmore, Gates pursues the infamous Book of Secrets, said to contain the truth about everything from Ben’s grandfather to the JFK murder. Only one man has access to the storied volume—the president of the United States (Bruce Greenwood), and he won’t part with it willingly. As hidden clues and long buried mysteries emerge, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets build to an unforgettable, heart pounding climax.

Spice Girls to release DVD in July

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Before anyone had ever heard of Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger, they were a group of five – Victoria Adams (now Beckham), Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell — vying for their first break in the music business. They were raw and irreverent. On July 1, 2008, Raw Spice: The Unofficial Story of The Making of The Spice Girls DVD will be released. Raw Spice shows the pre-fame Spice Girls, highlighted with never-before-seen footage of the girls candidly discussed their ambitions and fears, as well as their trademark outrageous behaviour and some titanic blowouts. This collectible DVD boasts special bonus features including home movie and rehearsal footage from 1994.

Raw Spice is a documentary film charting the formation of the Spice Girls in 1994 and what it takes to be the world’s best selling girl band in history. Filmed the day of their auditions and for the next two years leading up to their first hit single “WannaBe,” we are with the quintet in their tiny house in Maidenhead, England, (25 miles outside of London) as they rehearse day in and day out, striving to break through. As the girls gain popularity, they must choose between their first manager or someone else for a faster track to stardom.