Brian May's solo albums celebrate the fun-loving power of melodic, guitar-driven Hard Rock, proving to Queen fans that there is indeed life after Freddie Mercury. His patented six-string harmonies are still in full force, but on the whole, guitar pyrotechnics take a backseat to hook-centered songwriting. May is a surprisingly capable singer, and he also gets plenty of help in the form of massive, choir-like backing vocal arrangements.
Brian May Concert Films
The Candlelight Concerts: Live at Montreux
Brian May & Kerry Ellis
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minOn Brian’s birthday, the Montreux Jazz Festival hosted the penultimate concert of Brian and Kerry’s Acoustic By Candlelight tour. It was their first appearance together at the festival. The show features a wide range of songs, from Queen classics like We Will Rock You, Love Of My Life and Crazy Little Thing Called Love to the Oscar-winning The Way We Were, as well as lesser-known gems like Dust In The Wind and Life Is Real, all of them performed beautifully by Brian and Kerry in stripped down arrangements which allow the songs shine through with unusual clarity and passion. Significantly, this was also the first live performance ever in Montreux of No-One But You, a song Brian was inspired to write in the city during the unveiling of the Freddie Mercury statue in 1996. This is Ellis and May live at their very best.
Brian May Top Tracks
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minFronting his eighth All-Starr Band, the cheerful singer and drummer brought new direction to a concept that's served him well since 1989. Filmed live at Casino Rama in Toronto, Canada - All Starr 2003 members are John Waite (The Babys, Bad English), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics), Sheila E. (Prince), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel.) During this summer 2003 tour, Ringo Starr allowed a cameraman to follow him and the All-Starrs throughout the course of their travels for the first time ever! This program is an unscripted, uncensored and unprecedented look at a Rock Legend at work -and at play, behind-the-scenes footage brings you up close and personal with the boys - and girl - in the band. Join in with Ringo as he gets a little help from his friends on classics like Honey Don't, Boys and Yellow Submarine! Plus, experience an All-Starr take on 80s Hits like Mike & The Mechanics, Graceful Living Years, Sheila E.'s funk-pop Glamorous Life and Men At Work's cult favorite Down Under.
One Night in Dublin
Runtime: 1 hrOn August 20th 2005, on what would have been his 56th birthday, a statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublins Grafton Street by his mother. There to witness the event were members of Thin Lizzy from throughout the bands career. Later that evening they joined forces under the leadership of Gary Moore for a concert that paid tribute to Phil Lynotts memory. The core band of Moore, Jethro Tull bass player Jonathan Noyce and Thin Lizzys one and only drummer Brian Downey were joined by the stellar guitar talents of Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell for a set of Lizzy and Gary Moore classics.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minUniversally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts throughout the 70s and 80s, Foreigner still puts on an absolutely thrilling and sensational show thirty years later. Singer Kelly Hansen and lead guitarist Mick Jones are a wicked combination on songs like Hot Blooded and Double Vision. Foreigners showmanship is outstanding and this episode is packed with smash hits like Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and Urgent, as well as the newest single Too Late.
Live at Knebworth 1990 - Volume I
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minKnebworth, Hertfordshire, June 30, 1990. 120,000 fansgathered for an historic concert event to aid the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. This incredible benefit concert was an instant success due to the high-energy, awe-inspiring performances of such rock 'n' roll legends as Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears For Fears and Cliff Richard & The Shadows.
Classic Albums: Hysteria
Runtime: 50 minDef Leppard is a British hard rock band formed in 1977. The success of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, promoted by the singles Photograph and Pour Some Sugar on Me, made the band one of rock's best-sellers in the 80s. In this episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series, the surviving members of Def Leppard discuss the making of "Hysteria" as they sort through and explain the original multi-track tapes. In addition, some impromptu acoustic performances and musical demonstrations further dissect this classic album.
Live in the USA
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minCombining the adventurous style of progressive sounds with the muscle of hard rock, Uriah Heep were one of the definitive British rock bands of the 1970s, and this concert, recorded during an appearance at a music festival in New Jersey in the fall of 2002, shows that the group can still deliver the goods on-stage. Featuring a lineup featuring founding member Mick Box and veteran sidemen Lee Kerslake, Trevor Bolder, Bernie Shaw, and Phil Lanzon, Uriah Heep: Live in the USA includes the songs "Easy Livin'," "Look at Yourself," "The Magician's Birthday," "Return to Fantasy," "The Wizard," "Rainbow Demon," and many more.
Berlin: A Concert For The People
Barclay James Harvest
Runtime: 58 minOn 30th August 1980, with the Berlin Wall still very much in place, Barclay James Harvest performed a celebratory concert in front of the Reichstag in Berlin for a vast German audience, estimated at 250,000. Throughout the seventies Barclay James Harvest were one of the most popular acts in Germany and this concert was presented as a thank you to all their fans. Featuring tracks from the then soon to be released Turn Of The Tide album plus classics from across their career, this concert is a celebration of Barclay James Harvest at their very best and at the height of their career. Bonus Features: Time Honoured Tales - Original 1975 promotional film featuring 5 tracks from the Time Honoured Ghosts album: 1) Jonathan 2) Titles 3) Moongirl 4) One Night 5) Beyond The Grave
Live in Budokan
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minStudio releases never fully conveyed Cheap Trick’s muscle, but the band harnessed the raw energy of their live show with 1978’s At Budokan (Live). Recorded in Tokyo before 12,000 feverish fans, “Hello There” and “Lookout” are the dictionary definition of how live rock ’n’ roll should sound. A cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” highlights the band’s connection to a timeless tradition of teen-rock abandon, but “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” are the gold coins that secured them their own space in the rock canon.
Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?
Runtime: 59 minIn his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and Battersea, Pete Townshend opens his heart and his personal archive to revisit the "last great album The Who ever made". An album that took the Who full circle back to their earliest mod days and the adventures of a pill-popping Mod on an epic journey of self-discovery. But in 1973 it was an album that almost never was. Beset by money problems, a studio in construction, heroin-taking managers, a lunatic drummer and a culture of really heavy drinking, Pete took on an album that nearly broke him and an album that within a year the band had turned their back on and would ignore for nearly three decades. With unseen archive and in depth interviews from Pete, Roger, Keith, John and those in the studio and behind the lens who made the album and thirty page photo booklet.
Rock for the Rising Sun
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minIn March 2011, Japan was beset by a massive earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their "Back On The Road" tour to Japan, a country with which they'd always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in droves, and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest gigs of their distinguished career. This film follows the band on that tour combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage which is at times touching and emotional and at others humorous and insightful. More than anything else, it demonstrates the Japanese fans' love affair with Aerosmith and their music.
Elton 60: Live At Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 3 hr 18 minElton John celebrates his 60th birthday by playing his 60th sold out show at Madison Square Gardens in 2007. Featuring a host of celebrity appearances and well-wishers comprising Whoopi Goldberg, President Bill Clinton, and Robin Williams to compliment an extravagant 33 song set list. Includes the hits 'Rocket Man', 'I'm Still Standing', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Your Song’, and 'Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'.
Live in Athens 1987
Runtime: 1 hr 57 minIn October of 1987, after many months on the road, it was in the elevated surroundings of the hillside open-air theatre at Lycabettus overlooking Athens, that the "So" tour came to a climactic close. The three nights were filmed in what was the first-ever Peter Gabriel concert to be committed to film. As a concert film, it was brilliantly shot and has now been equally brilliantly remastered, a crystal-clear record of Gabriel and band in their mid-80s pomp. The viewer is placed right in the heart of the action all the way, from the band's synchronized choreography on opening number "This Is The Picture", right through to the skin-pricking closer "Biko". In between, we're lost in music, spellbound by the spectacle, totally absorbed by the imperfection-free tightness of a band that's been on the road for so long.
Live at Wembley 1978
Electric Light Orchestra
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThe Electric Light Orchestra are one of the most successful British bands of all time. Formed after the break up of The Move in 1970 they pioneered the integration of orchestral instruments into pop music and released a series of groundbreaking and increasingly successful albums through the seventies that culminated in the multi-million selling Out Of The Blue. This concert is from the world tour for that album and was filmed at Londons Wembley Arena in 1978.
It Had to Be You
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minRod Stewart found a new audience singing the great popular songs of the early 20th century. It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook features live renditions of songs from his first album of classic standards plus nine of Stewart’s own classics.
Night at Sky Church
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minAnn and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 1970s with songs like "Crazy On You," "Barracuda," and "Magic Man." They continued their string of huge hits in the decades that followed with songs like "Alone," "Never," "These Dreams,"and many more. HEART NIGHT AT SKY CHURCH, filmed live on March 5, 2010, takes Heart fans on what truly feels like the musical ride of a lifetime. HEART NIGHT AT SKY CHURCH showcases the band's biggest hits, introduces some of their newest songs, and features a guest appearance by multiple Grammy® award-winner, Alison Krauss.
Live At Montreux, 1994
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minIn 1993, Paul Rodgers released the acclaimed blues based album Muddy Water Blues with contributions from many special guest artists with a shared love for the blues. In July 1994 the tour in support of this album rolled into Montreux. The regular tour band was joined through the evening by a number of special guests to create a typically unique Montreux festival performance including an amazing finale of Hoochie Coochie Man where all the guests join in.
Live in Munich 1977
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minRainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 after he left Deep Purple at the height of their fame. They were instantly successful and released a string of hit albums, with an ever changing line-up, between 1975 and 1983 when Blackmore broke up the group to join the reformed Deep Purple. This concert from their European tour in 1977 features the line-up responsible for the Long Live RocknRoll album released later that year, including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Blackmore had to be smuggled out of Austria after a trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier and was very late arriving in Munich, all of which seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly remarkable gig.
The Great Pretender
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minFreddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film focuses on Freddie Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen. Using extensive archive footage of interviews with Freddie Mercury, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it previously unseen, along with new interviews with friends and colleagues, a portrait emerges of a man who was very different to his flamboyant onstage public persona. A generous, caring, thoughtful man with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a genuine passion for music. Freddie Mercury touched the lives of millions through his career both with Queen and as a solo performer and this new film will delight and inform his legions of fans.
On Fire: Live at the Bowl
Runtime: 1 hr 43 minIn June of 1982, Queen was at the height of its powers as one of Britain's best rock bands when the played a concert at the MK Bowl in Milton Keynes, not far from London. As one of the group's increasingly rare shows in England, the concert was filmed for British television, but never aired in its entirety. Queen: On Fire at the Bowl presents the legendary Milton Keynes show in full. Selections include "Flash," "Now I'm Here," "Get Down, Make Love," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Tie Your Mother Down," "We Are the Champions," and more.
Across From Midnight Tour: Live in Berlin
Runtime: 1 hrFilmed at the vast Waldbuhne outdoor arena in Berlin this program captures Joe Cocker at his very best in front of huge crowd. This spectacular show includes all his hits and best loved tracks including: Delta Lady, Up Where We Belong, With A Little Help From My Friends, The Letter, Unchain My Heart, Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood and many more.
Live at Wembley
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minFilmed in high definition at London's Wembley Arena in April 2010, this film captures the reunited Bad Company doing what they do best, playing great songs to packed arenas with fantastic energy. The three surviving original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006), supplemented by Howard Leese on guitars and Lynn Sorensen on bass, deliver a set list featuring all the band's classic hits, live fan favorites and some rarely heard gems to create the ultimate Bad Company live film.
Classic Albums: Bat Out Of Hell
Runtime: 50 minThe songs and story of this classic album with contributions by Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Todd Rundgren, Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito. Since its release in 1977, Bat Out of Hell has gone on to sell an estimated 30 million copies and become one of the top five biggest selling albums of all time. Released during the days of the disco boom and the advent of punk rock, Bat Out of Hell totally bucked those musical trends, yet as Meat Loaf recalls, the record is "more honest than 99% of all records released." The remarkable story of Bat Out of Hell is told here by its leading contributors, including Meat Loaf himself, composer Jim Steinman, record producer Todd Rundgren, and backing vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito, together with others who helped in the construction of Bat Out of Hell's "wall of sound." Featuring archival footage, interviews and live performances, this is the compelling story of the making of one of rock music's finest hours, a true classic album
Live at the California Jam 1974
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minDeep Purple were the biggest selling album act in America when they embarked on a 28 date tour promoting their new album "Burn". The undoubted climax of this tour was headlining the California Jam Festival at Ontario Speedway in California, in front of 200,000 people. Their explosive set is presented here on DVD for the first time. The set list includes tracks from "Burn", as well as classics like "Space Truckin'" and "Smoke On The Water".
As the show came to a close, Blackmore - angered by troubles backstage - took his revenge on one of the TV cameras, before exploding his amps and destroying several guitars. It made for a visually astonishing climax to the set, and almost got the band banned from playing live in America again.