At 6pm on April 20th 1992 Roger Taylor Brian May and John Deacon the surviving members of Queen took the stage of London's Legendary Wembley Stadium to announce the start of one of the biggest events in rock history organised by Queen themselves to pay tribute to their former colleague - the incomparable Freddie Mercury. The atmosphere of emotion mixed joy and sadness shared by stadium audience worldwide television viewers and performers alike was an experience that will n
Sarah Brightman performs a selection of timeless classics with the English National Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall where she was filmed in concert in September 1997 for her first solo release on video. The concert includes a live performance of the international hit duet ""Time To Say Goodbye"" with Andrea Bocelli and a guest appearance by Andrew Lloyd Webber on ""Whistle Down The Wind"". Featuring: 1. Overture: Capriccio Espagnol/Scena Y Canto Gitano/ Fandango Asturiano 2.
Erupting onto television during the summer of '78, The Kenny Everett Video Show was an instant ratings grabber propelling the subversive, impish DJ to the superstardom he had always deserved! Kenny's anarchic mix of manic sketches, musical guests and dance routines courtesy of raunchy booty-shakers Hot Gossip created must-see television, his comic genius running riot as he unleashed a line-up of much-loved, much-mimicked characters including gobby rocker Sid Snot, Gallic sophisticate Marcel Wave and the improbably-handed evangelist, Brother Lee Love! Available for the first time, this set contains all four series and three New Year specials that Kenny made for Thames Television and there's one thing you can be certain of - that it's all done in the best possible taste!
Including the Songs: Outside ; Fast Love ; Spinning The Wheel ; Freedom 90 ; Killer / Papa Was A Rollin' Stone ; Too Funky ; Faith ; I Want Your Sex ; Jesus To A Child ; Waltz Away Dreaming (with Toby Bourke) ; Father Figure ; Older ; Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (with Elton John) ; Kissing A Fool ; I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with Aretha Franklin) ; Somebody To Love (with Queen) ; Monkey ; One More Try ; Star People 97 ; I Can't Make You Love Me ; A Different Corner ; You Have Been Loved ; Careless Whisper.
Following the successful video release of Cats comes another Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and it's a savvy choice. It hasn't been represented on film before, it's short enough (78 minutes) to present without cuts and it has the star-power of former teen icon Donny Osmond, who played over 1,800 performances across North America. Rather than record a live performance, Cats director David Mallet conceived Joseph as a film, though one that is based strongly on co-director Steven Pimlott's 1991 London revival and relies more on camerawork than venturing beyond its stagelike sets.Lloyd Webber's first project with lyricist Tim Rice was originally written in 1968 as a school cantata; accordingly, this film uses a framing sequence of a school recital, with an audience of clapping, singing kids and members of the faculty playing the roles. The Old Testament tale of Joseph and his coat of many colours gets a splashy, vigorous treatment with an energetic cast, Las Vegas-style glitz and catchy, eclectic songs, including "Any Dream Will Do", "Close Every Door", the peppy "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and various bits of country, calypso and Elvis. Osmond is perfect in the title role, with a strong voice and winning persona, while London stage veteran Maria Friedman performs well in the central role of the narrator. Richard Attenborough appears (and sings a little) as Jacob, and Joan Collins makes a brief, non-singing cameo.Joseph certainly isn't revolutionary musical theatre, but if you view it as a kids' show, it's a silly good time (though there are poignant moments too). Parents should note, however, that this production might warrant a little discretion due to one suggestive scene and some risqu&ecute; costumes. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com
In 1998, a concert celebrated Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall. It featured more than two hours of hits from a body of work spanning almost three decades. In this record of a memorable night, star after star steps onto a massive, Eurovision-style set to revisit golden moments in their long association with Britain's most successful composer of musicals. Elaine Paige in big frocks and even bigger voice delivers "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Memory" with her usual power; Michael Ball and Donny Osmond stretch the last vestiges of boyish charm to the very limits but still sound great; and Boyzone get the youth vote. Then there are Kiri te Kanawa, Bonnie Tyler, Tina Arena and of course, another encore for Julian Lloyd Webber and those Variations on the cello. But the stars are Sir Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Brightman in an outstanding selection from The Phantom of the Opera (probably his best work), Antonio Banderos who really can sing, and Glenn Close, a stupendous, moving Norma Desmond in songs from Sunset Boulevard. All in all, a deserved celebration for someone who has given so many people a great deal of pleasure, and a treat for musicals fans of all ages. --Piers Ford
One of the longest-running musicals in West End and Broadway history has now been re-mastered in High Definition for Blu-Ray. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats one of the most famous musicals of all time first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory' one of its many classic songs became an instant worldwide hit. Since then Cats has smashed records and conquered the world. Boasting an all-star cast headed by Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills breathtaking visuals and the full digital sound of an eighty piece orchestra this Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray will lead you deep into the mysterious world of Cats. Cats - as you've never seen it before - more mesmerising and magical than you could possibly imagine. Special Features: Character Make-up with Karen Dawson Harding Making of Cats Featurette Interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber Cameron Mackintosh Trevor Nunn Gillian Lynne John Napier Gerry Schoenfield
An expanded and more polished version of Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames was recorded at an outdoor performance in London's Hyde Park. While much of the material is familiar to Flatley fans, the production is superior in every way. It's better photographed and the editing is less frenetic. The individual segments are sharper, more self-assured, as is Flatley, who also produced and directed this version. (He also demonstrates his talents as a flutist--maybe he should call himself Lord of the Renaissance.) The outdoor setting also makes the show feel less like a Vegas act, though the proceedings have about as much relation to their Celtic folk roots as the Broadway musical Cats has to the TS Eliot children's poems on which it was based. --Richard Natale
AC/DC Live At River Plate is a definitive live concert DVD documenting AC/DC’s massive Black Ice World Tour. Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.” Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled “The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat,” featuring interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires. Director: David MalletFilm Producers: Rocky Oldham and Dione Orrom Bonus Features: The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat - Directed by: Gavin Elder AC/DC Tour Animation - Show Opening Animation Director: Murray John Total Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Believe. U2 live from Sydney in 1993 with their unique Zoo TV performance. Disc One - Tracklist: 1. Show Opening 2. Zoo Station 3. The Fly 4. Even Better Than The Real Thing 5. Mysterious Ways 6. One 7. Unchained Melody 8. Until The End Of The World 9. New Year's Day 10. Numb 11. Angel Of Harlem 12. Stay (Faraway So Close!) 13. Satellite Of Love 14. Dirty Day 15. Bullet The Blue Sky 16. Running To Stand Still 17. Where The Streets Have No Name 18. Pride (In The Name Of Love) 19. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car 20. Lemon 21. With Or Without You 22. Love Is Blindness 23. Can't Help Falling In Love
One of the biggest musical legends in pop music today Elton John performs one of his most memorable concerts ever at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. This stunningly visual concert special was filmed over two nights in October 2000 and Elton and his band play some of his greatest hits from over four decades including ""Your Song"" ""Crocodile Rock"" ""Candle In The Wind"" and ""Rocket Man"". Elton also invites some special guest to share the microphone on stage wi
The Andrew Lloyd Webber: Live Musicals Collection Features Four Breath-Taking Stage Productions That Capture The Remarkable Career And Incredible Talents Of The Groundbreaking Composer. Experience The Unforgettable Spectacle Of Cats, One Of The Most Successful Plays In Broadway History, Take A Musical Journey Through Biblical Egypt In Joseph And The Amazing TechnicolorÂ® Dreamcoat, Watch The Powerful Sequel To The Phantom Of The Opera With Love Never Dies And See The Greatest Story Ever Told Like Never Before With Jesus Christ Superstar! Cats: The First Ever Film Of An Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Taken Straight From The Stage - At The New London Theatre On Drury Lane. The Longest Running Musical On The West End, This Production Features Elaine Paige And Sir John Mills In Its Cast. Bonus Features: The Making Of Cats Interviews With Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh & More! Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Â® Dreamcoat: Filmed Especially For Video, This Version Of Tim Rice And Andrew Lloyd Webber'S Classic Musical Stars Donny Osmond As Joseph, The Titular Owner Of The Dazzling Outer Garment Who Arouses The Murderous Envy Of His Siblings. Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough And Joan Collins Co-Star, And Songs Include 'Close Every Door To Me', 'Go Go Go Joseph' And 'Any Dream Will Do'. Bonus Features: Go, Go, Go Joseph: The Making Of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Â® Dreamcoa Jesus Christ Superstar Celebrating 40 Years Since It First Opened In London'S West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber'S New Production Of Jesus Christ Superstar, Directed By Laurence Connor, Promises To Be The Rock Event Of 2012. The Star-Studded Line-Up Includes Award-Winning Musical Comedian Tim Minchin For The Role Of Judas Iscariot. Three Million Album Selling Pop Icon And Former Spice Girl Melanie C Will Take The Only Female Lead As Mary Magdalene. Former Bbc Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host Chris Moyles Will Make His Major Stage Debut As King Herod And Winner Of The Itv Primetime Show Superstar Ben Forster In The Title Role Of Jesus In The 21St Century Rock Musical Re-Invention Of Jesus Christ Superstar. Filmed Live As Part Of The 2012 Arena Tour--Relive The Spectacle. Bonus Features: An Introduction By Andrew Lloyd Webber Behind The Scenes Love Never Dies Set 10 Years Later, The Phantom Has Escaped From Paris To New York Where He Lives Amongst The Joyrides And Freak Shows Of Coney Island. He Has Finally Found A Place For His Music To Soar, All That Is Missing Is His Love Christine DaaÃ©. In A Bid To Win Back Her Love, The Phantom Lures Christine, Her Husband Raoul, And Their Young Son Gustave From Manhattan, To The Glittering And Glorious World Of Coney Island... They Have No Idea What Lies In Store For Them... You Truly Haven'T Experienced Andrew Lloyd Webber'S Love Never Dies Until You See This Spectacular New Australian Production, Filmed At Melbourne'S Iconic Regent Theatre. Bonus Features: The Making Of Love Never Dies
Discover Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's fun filled musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Inspired by the record breaking London Palladium production, it stars Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. A lively and colourful journey through Ancient Egypt, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the rags to riches story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. Spectacular visuals and an enchanting score packed with hit songs including Close Every Door to Me, Go Go Go Joseph and Any Dream Will Do make this a dream of a show for all the family. Special Features: Full Colour 8 Page Booklet with New Foreward by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Celtic Tiger: The international acclaimed master of dance Michael Flatley returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new 90 minute dance spectacular Celtic Tiger. With his unrivalled skill and artistry Flatley ignites the world of dance once again with a bold dramatic and daring production which fuses the spirit of Ireland with its history with dance and music. The result is an epic masterpiece in which Irish dance is delivered as a dynamic and powerful art form. Perfromance list: Act I:
Billy Bites Yer Bum Live From the days when he still had red hair and was rising to the peak of his career this is one of Billy’s legendary early performances. The culmination of a marathon British tour that started in 1980 Billy Bites Yer Bum Live was filmed at London’s Apollo Victoria over two nights in February 1981. Hand Picked By Billy Recorded the following year in 1982 Hand Picked By Billy was recorded at the Cambridge Theatre in London. This show includes the infamous story of the Glasgow sewage worker.
Stripped to the bare essentials, and the antithesis of Pink Floyd's epic live performances, David Gilmour in Concert is a low-key, classy affair. Using footage from 2001's Meltdown Concert and his Royal Festival Hall show in 2002, Gilmour performs a mix of solo compositions and Floyd classics. Opening with a lengthy acoustic version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", the show gradually gathers momentum as "Fat Old Sun" and "High Hopes" are tackled. Other legends such as Richard Wright and Bob Geldof make guest appearances, with Geldof providing complementary vocals for the second live version of "Comfortably Numb" featured. "Shine On" is also reprised mid-way, this time with added backing band, choir and electric guitar. Resembling more a classical than a rock concert, the audience attentively soak up Gilmour's performance, politely clapping at the right moments and never doing anything as undignified as standing up (although there are the occasional cat-calls). It's an excellent live recording that should appeal to all Gilmour's fans. On the DVD: David Gilmour in Concert on disc enhances the exclusivity and quality of the performances with crisp 5.1 surround (an ordinary stereo soundtrack is also available) and an anamorphically enhanced picture. --John Galilee
Enter Kenny's DVD debut! The complete Naughty Bits compiles the best moments from the ground-breaking 'The Kenny Everett Show'. Featuring all the wacky sketches that everyone grew to love including the fantastic Captain Kremmen and Sid Snot! It also includes such treats as Star Quiz where celebrities including Terry Wogan and Michael Aspel are the recipients of a good gunging. Not forgetting Hot Gossip - steaming up the screen and registering 1000 degrees on the Hotometer to the d
AC/DC Live At River Plate is a definitive live concert DVD documenting AC/DC’s massive Black Ice World Tour. Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.” Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled “The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat,” featuring interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires.Director: David MalletFilm Producers: Rocky Oldham and Dione OrromBonus Features: The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat - Directed by: Gavin Elder AC/DC Tour Animation - Show Opening Animation Director: Murray John Total Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes Track List:1. Rock N Roll Train2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be3. Back In Black4. Big Jack5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap6. Shot Down In Flames7. Thunderstruck8. Black Ice9. The Jack10. Hells Bells11. Shoot To Thrill12. War Machine13. Dog Eat Dog14. You Shook Me All Night Long15. T.N.T.16. Whole Lotta Rosie17. Let There Be Rock18. Highway To Hell19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
If Phil Collins isn't the hardest-working man in show business, he's right up there, at least if the nearly 90-minute concert Live and Loose in Paris is any indication. The man is non-stop motion, whether seated behind his drum kit, prowling the stage as frontman (the format is in-the-round, so it takes an effort to keep all of the arena-sized audience involved), or, of course, singing the hits (including "Against All Odds", "In the Air Tonight" and "Sussudio"). The "loose" part of the title is a bit of a misnomer; Collins' excellent band is unerringly tight, and the performance is well-choreographed while still maintaining some sense of spontaneity. There's no denying the appeal of Collins' drum-heavy, horn-driven, R&B-cum-world-music sound, and if his music ultimately isn't as challenging or engaging as that of Peter Gabriel's (the other ex-Genesis lead singer), no one in this Paris audience seems to mind a bit. Good show, Phil. --Sam Graham
The work of the Canadian circus troupe Cirque Du Soleil, Dralion is a show which has toured worldwide. It features elements of Chinese circus tradition interspersed with the troupe's own pan-cultural sense of stage spectacle. It's a combination of music, dance, clowning and acrobatics lavishly bathed in dry ice, strobe lights and a colourful array of oriental finery, elaborate costumes and props. Here you'l find Chinese women finding the strength from somewhere in their tiny bodies to balance by their hands atop 10-foot poles which are wheeled around gracefully; and young boys tumbling rapidly through revolving golden hoops; and bronzed dancers swinging through the air in balletic arcs from lengths of blue ribbon. What one could do without, though, is the She-Goddess' New Age babble throughout the proceedings, as well as the soundtrack, which is a queasy fusion of world music marinated in bass. There's also an over-indulgence of costume and choreography, presumably the work of the "avant garde" Cirque Du Soleil, though much here is distinctly apres-garde, reminding the viewer irresistibly of the musical extravaganza that was the daily centrepiece of the ill-fated Millennium Dome. All of this at times smothers and distracts from the impressive physical feats of the Chinese performers. Still, for the three million people who have witnessed this show worldwide this will certainly provide a worthy memento.On the DVD: a number of extra features include a featurette about the five-month deadline the troupe had to meet in putting together the show, splendid for those who thrill to the spectacle of tents being erected and dancers being winched carefully into the rafters of giant hangars. There's also a facility for viewing the performances from different angles. The show is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio, and is generally pristine in both colour and definition. --David Stubbs
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