Over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983, Jonathan Demme filmed Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
. The band performed "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,"
"Found a Job," "Slippery People," "Cities,"
, "Burning Down the House," "Life During Wartime,"
"Making Flippy Floppy," "Swamp," "What a Day That Was," "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," "Once in a Lifetime," "Big Business/I Zimbra," "Genius of Love"
(as Tom Tom Club while David Byrne changed into the Big Suit), "Girlfriend is Better," "Take Me to the River,"
and "Crosseyed and Painless."
"Thank you. Does anybody have any questions?" [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 1, 2011 -
People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest
is a 65 minute compilation of stage banter by Paul Stanley of KISS. Paul repeatedly reminds the Army that they’re getting their money’s worth... , that the next tune is the first time they’ve played it on tour, that he was talking backstage to someone... about what kind of alcohol that people in the area like to drink, that they’re just getting started, and that he’s got an “uzi of ooze” in his pants.
posted by Trurl
on Jun 4, 2011 -
Full Utah Phillips concert from 2007: 1
. If you don't know who Utah Phillips is, be prepared to meet one of the great performers of our age, telling funny stories and cracking jokes, singing great songs, and generally being a world treasure. If you want to know more about this great singer, songwriter, and peace and labor activist, you can watch an hour long documentary on him from Democracy Now
that was made after he passed away in 2008. [previously]
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 15, 2010 -
Opening Night: October 8, 1985 at the Barbican
in London. It scored mixed reviews, but word of mouth still took hold. In the 25 years since that first show, 45,000 performances have been produced in 42 countries, 308 cities and 21 languages that have been seen by 56 million people. It is the third-longest running show in Broadway history. 40 cast recordings have been released. And on October 30th, 2010, a special concert production of the play based on the book Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo will take place at The 02 Arena in North Greenwich
. (YouTube Video) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 7, 2010 -
Tucson's own Calexico
has made one of their concerts available
(Nuremberg 2009) for streaming and downloading. Calexico's Joey Burns has also been very busy lately with Artists For Action
, an Arizona organization that is actively speaking out against
AZ's controversial SB 1070. Calexico has a history
of hosting benefit concerts in support of various border issues. [via]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Jul 20, 2010 -
Las Vegas is the final part of the Another Version of the Truth collection, and is exclusively community-created.
Filmed entirely by fans and co-ordinated by Alex Gamble, this release saw the community fly in from around the world, donate technology, skill, and even airfare (fans raised money to send chaonatic, a valued taper, to the concert) to document the final performance of Nine Inch Nails' stunning 2008 tour. Over 200GB of footage was collected, which was meticulously edited together by a team comprising of people from all over the world. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Mar 5, 2010 -
12 months, a core team of dozens (with a network of thousands) spanning 3 continents, 4 languages, 5 specialist teams, countless sleepless nights... It's finally here. Filmed in Sacramento, Portland, and Victoria by the Nine Inch Nails team, edited and produced by their fans, The Gift is a stunning work in 1080p High Definition video with 5.1 Surround Sound, multi-language subtitles, and artistically-driven ethics. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Dec 25, 2009 -
years ago today, The Rolling Stones played two concerts at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. In the darkness of the audience was a man known to history only as "Dub"
... [audio auto-plays] [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Nov 9, 2009 -
It's every young musician's dream: Quit this town, make it big and come back to show these squares! Well, tonight (and tomorrow) Muse
return home to Teignmouth
in Devon, England (pop. 15,116) to play two home-town, homecoming gigs. [more inside]
posted by benzo8
on Sep 4, 2009 -
There was a historic music festival in the summer of 1969.
But it's not the one that took place in Bethel, NY. The Harlem Cultural Festival
ran from June 29 to August 24
that summer, presenting a concert every Sunday afternoon in Mount Morris Park (known today as Marcus Garvey Park)
. Three hundred thousand people
turned out for the six free concerts
, hearing acts like Nina Simone
, Sly & the Family Stone (the only act to play both Woodstock and the "black Woodstock"), Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, The 5th Dimension, Moms Mabley and. Speakers included Jesse Jackson and "blue-eyed soul brother" Mayor John Lindsay. Security was courtesy of the Black Panthers
, since the NYC police refused to provide it. Filmmaker Hal Tulchin recorded over 50 hours of concert footage
, which has remained unreleased. Historic Films
seems to hold the footage; it was supposed to be made into a movie to premiere at Sundance 2007
, but its release seems to be continually delayed
for reasons unclear. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Aug 20, 2009 -
The stuff of legend, Van Halen's "No brown M&Ms" concert rider (most recently mentioned on MetaFilter here
) has made the rounds by word of mouth, and word of internet, for years. Now, the Van Halen 1982 World Tour backstage rider has been found. It consists of 53 typewritten pages and contains the M&Ms prohibition - which actually says M & M's (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)
- as well as other interesting demands, excerpted at The Smoking Gun. Via
posted by amyms
on Dec 12, 2008 -
In 1982, Steve Wozniak sank a lot of his own money
into creating the US Festivals
-- the first large concerts to celebrate the merging of music, technology (and money).
For the second (and final) US Festival in 1983, Van Halen was given 1.5 million dollars, up front
, to headline the 1983 US Festival
. What did they give back to their fans? Well
, about eighty-four seconds into their first song, David Lee Roth screamed, "I forgot the f@¢₭n' words!
" Along with a swipe at the Clash
, the set that followed remains evar
a drunken classic
-fueled pop metal campiness
. About 3:20 into this clip
, DLR launches into his epic fail version of "God Bless the Child" -- 'nuff said.
posted by not_on_display
on Oct 10, 2008 -
The Bang on a Can Marathon
is currently in progress at the World Financial Center
in Manhattan. This annual Marathon has taken various forms over the years, with a range of lengths, locations and admission prices; this year's features 26 straight hours of music from around the world, with free admission. Bang on a Can is the 20-year-old
new music presenting, producing and recording group co-founded by composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jun 3, 2007 -
, the indie music festival
, returns to The Gorge
with an impressive line-up
headlined by Bjork
and the Beastie Boys
. As usual, KEXP
has a veritable cornucopia of live performances
from the artists. If you're wondering what might be in store, check out select songs from The Arcade Fire
, Citizen Cope
, Neko Case
, The Thermals
, Viva Voce
, Michael Franti & Spearhead
, Bad Brains
, The Dandy Warhols
, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
, Common Market
, and Minus The Bear
. Bring sunscreen
and an umbrella
on your short drive
to George, Washington
posted by 0xFCAF
on Feb 25, 2007 -
If anyone can put together a kick-ass concert DVD, it's Trent Reznor. For your consideration: Nine Inch Nail's upcoming "Beside You In Time," which will be released in HD-DVD, Blu-Ray and some format from the late-90's they are referring to as simply DVD (this is apparently the first music DVD ever to be released on all three formats). View the trailer and some clips here
in 1080P (if you're computer and eyes can handle it). Or, if you're lucky enough to live in one of the chosen cities, attend a screening
posted by JPowers
on Jan 26, 2007 -