Whether you are looking for that last minute gift for a favorite music fan or simply thinking ahead to how you plan to spend your gift cards, there are a number of new titles now available on DVD and Blu-ray that will satisfy a variety of tastes.
Tell me more: Few bands understand triumph and tragedy as well as The Who. Original and surviving members Roger Daltrey (vocals) and Pete Townshend (guitar, vocals) lead a troupe of six other players through a dream setlist in celebration of the British band’s 50th anniversary on the wonderful “Live in Hyde Park.” Filmed on June 26, 2015, the concert includes rousing takes on the early rocker “I Can’t Explain,” the powerful “Love Reign O’er Me,” and highlights from the groundbreaking rock opera “Tommy.”
The release comes as a DVD + 2CD set, as a Blu-ray + 2CD set, or as a DVD + 3LP edition; a lavish Deluxe Edition comes packaged with an exclusive 60-page hardback photo book packed with the DVD, Blu-ray and two audio CDs. Information: eagle-rock.com.
Tell me more: Germany’s most successful and enduring rock ‘n’ roll export, Scorpions were formed by guitarist Rudolf Schenker in 1965 and found success far outside of Europe with a slew of hard rock hits including “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “No One Like You,” “Big City Nights” and the sweeping power ballad “Winds of Change.”
Now the band’s compelling career is shared on the 90-minute documentary “Forever and a Day” with vintage interview and performance footage, as well as new interviews that shed light on the troupe’s unique career path culminating on this film with footage of the band’s three-year tour that was launched in 2010. “Forever and a Day” is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Information: scorpions-derfilm.de.
Tell me more: At the beginning of 2015, blues-rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa performed two concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York, highlights of which are showcased on the multi-format “Live at Radio City Music Hall.” The highly-recommended deluxe collector’s edition features a DVD, 13-track audio CD and 40-page book filled with colorful photos and information about the concerts and Bonamassa’s own family connection with the venue.
Bonamassa is widely-regarded as one of the best guitarists on the planet, but what emerges on this release is how his musical gifts fully extend to his abilities as a singer, songwriter and band leader. Information: jbonamassa.com.
Tell me more: While the return of Star Wars to the big screen and support by the masses for Adele’s “25” have been among the biggest entertainment stories of late 2015, a high-profile effort to bring back the cult show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (which went on hiatus more than 15 years ago) is among the year’s other bona fide big moments. The show’s creator Joel Hodgson successfully used Kickstarter to raise $6.42 million in November and early December making for the highest-funded film, TV or video content crowd funding campaign ever.
So while fans wait for new episodes of MST3K to be produced, they can dive into the latest collection of classic episodes on “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIV.” Featuring four episodes blending bad B-movies (including several Roger Corman classics), funny skits and musical routines, and and riffing on everything from celebrity and pop culture to sports and world history, the latest MST3K box set continues shows in spades why the show has had such a profound influence on culture. Information: shoutfactory.com.
Tell me more: Lady Antebellum continues to be one of contemporary country music’s favorite names, and the newly-issued DVD “Wheels Up Tour” concert film captured at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA in June 2015 demonstrates the strengths of the Nashville-spawned trio.
Behind their accessible collection of hits and armed with their blend of strong lead vocals and lush harmonies, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott deliver the infectious “Bartender” and “Just a Kiss,” the lush ballad “American Honey” and a cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” along with other favorites. Lady Antebellum is joined by Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt during the 100-minute performance. Information: eagle-rock.com.
Tell me more: With December 2015 marking Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, the release of “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” would be more perfectly timed. Available as both a two-disc documentary film or a 4-disc DVD/CD combo, the film uses long-overlooked archived interviews and those who knew Ol’ Blue Eyes best.
Of most interest will be the home movies and classic concert clips featuring Sinatra (who passed away in 1998), widely regarded as one of the best singers of the 20th century, singing the timeless likes of “My Way,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “New York, New York” and more. Information: eagle-rock.com.
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