You can identify Michael McDonald's baritone within seconds of hearing it. This Blue-Eyed Soulster's vocals meshed perfectly with the Doobie Brother's laidback sound, and his solo material got increasingly middle-of-the-road during the '80s and '90s. McDonald, who still looks like a condo-dwelling Grizzly Adams, ended the century on a high note: Blue Obsession may not win him any new fans, but it reminds his old ones why they liked him in the first place.
Michael McDonald Concert Films
A Tribute Motown International
Runtime: 54 minMichael McDonald lends his soul-stirring voice to Motown's greatest hits in this live performance recorded in High-Definition for the PBS concert series Soundstage. Belting out tracks from his two critically-acclaimed Motown concept albums, the Grammy Award-winner revives some of the most influential American music ever made. Joined by special guests Toni Braxton, India.Arie, Take 6 and Billy Preston, McDonald presents 14 classics from the rollicking I Second That Emotion to the poignant Whats Going On, that pay tribute to Hitsville legends such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson.
Live on Soundstage
Runtime: 57 minMichael McDonald brings his classic songs and legendary vocals to the Soundstage studios in Chicago. Taped before a live audience, McDonald performs his classics, plus new material from his just-released project "Wide Open".
This Christmas: Live in Chicago
Runtime: 52 minOne of the music world's most recognizable voices, Michael McDonald performs a special Christmas themed episode of Soundstage for This Christmas Live In Chicago. Opening the show with the Doobie Brothers classic It Keeps You Runnin, McDonald jumps into two selections from his solo career, before launching into Christmas songs. Many of these songs appeared on his 2009 holiday album This Christmas. The set ends with three Doobie Brothers classics.
I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
Michael McDonald Top Tracks
Classic Album: Stars
Runtime: 49 minSIMPLY RED, with their soulful pop songs, will go down in history as one of the UK's biggest and most successful pop bands of the late eighties and early nineties. Formed in 1984, Mick Hucknall and co. released their debut album "Picture Book" in 1985, which went platinum, making SIMPLY RED one of that year's major success stories. Their following albums, "Men And Women" and "A New Flame" respectively, continued this success but it was the arrival of SIMPLY RED's fourth album "Stars", released in September 1991 that would change history forever.
Live All Around The World
Runtime: 2 hr 36 minLisa Stansfield's debut video features tracks from all her debut solo album as well as tracks by other artists which featured Lisa on lead vocals.
Live at Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minJoin Michael Bolton for an unforgettable concert at London's famous Royal Albert Hall as he delivers hit after hit in his trademark soulful style in front of a packed audience. With his inimitable voice, charismatic stage presence and superb songwriting Michael Bolton holds the audience in the palm of his hand as he performs classics such as "How Am I supposed to Live Without You", "Time, Love and Tenderness", "Can I Touch You There" and "How Can We Be Lovers" alongside his unique interpretations of "Fly Me to the Moon", "Summertime", "That's Life", and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" plus his own rendition of "Murder My Heart", the hit he penned with Lady Gaga. Simply a wonderful night.
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Hall & Oates
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minWhen Daryl Hall and John Oates took to the stage at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre as the iconic bass line of ‘Maneater’ began to play, the fans knew they were in for a treat. This duo may have been opening concerts with that irresistibly smooth number for years, but it never seems to lose its magic, and the crowd – an eclectic mix of teens and baby boomers alike – lapped it up. Daryl Hall and John Oates wisely reunited a few years ago after a string of solo projects, and although Oates no longer sports his signature ‘tache, they put on the kind of show that makes it hard to believe they even considered going their separate ways. Earworms like ‘I Can’t Go For That’, ‘Out Of Touch’ and ‘Kiss On My List’ were surefire reminders that these guys are absolute hit machines, and their catchy synth-soul classics probably deserve to permeate the airwaves as much today as they did decades ago. These Philly crooners still have it in bucket-loads, so this show should have everyone from diehard Daryl Hall and John Oates fans to kids of the 80's groovin’ along in no time."
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minSmooth delivery, high-spirited melodies, that velvet voice and a soul-stirring rhythmic foundation. All are the elements that Steve Winwood brings to Soundstage featuring his recent work from the album About Time along with his classic hits including "Why Can't We Live Together" and "Back in the High Life." Winwood also performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" - hits from his days with Traffic (recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Live on Soundstage
Runtime: 59 minShot at WTTW’s Soundstage Studios in Chicago, Kenny Loggins invites his dear friends and colleagues Michael McDonald, David Foster, Jim Messina and Thundercat to join him in re-imagining his mega hits on the Soundstage stage.
Always and Forever: An Evening of Songs At The Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minRecorded on his 1994-1995 world tour, Always And Forever: An Evening Of Songs At Royal Albert Hall features the legendary Luther Vandross at his most smooth and sensuous, featuring his greatest hits and favourites from his covers album Songs.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minGrammy Award-winner Peter Cetera performs classic favorites for the SoundStage audience. He is joined by four-time Grammy-winner Amy Grant for their duet Next Time I Fall, classic hits such as Baby Baby and songs from her latest album.
Falling In Between
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minToto were formed in LA in the late 70s by a group of friends who were all much in demand session musicians. They went on to epitomise the classic American pop/rock sound of the 80s and 90s with hit albums and singles including Hold The Line, Africa, I'll Be Over You and the multi-Grammy winning worldwide hit Rosanna. This concert was recorded at Le Zenith in Paris in March 2007 in front of a wildly enthusiastic sell-out crowd. It captures the band rocking at their hardest and most powerful and giving a new life to all their best loved tracks.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minOne of the most loved bands in rock history, as well as one of the most commercially successful-with 50 hit songs in the U.S. alone, 18 gold records, a Grammy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Chicago have maintained the unflagging devotion of millions of devoted fans throughout their 37-year career. It began with the goal of incorporating the diverse musical range of their hometown Chicago, and incorporating the big-band aesthetic that included horns which had been virtually left behind in the world of rock and roll, Chicago went on to create a sound that remains unparalleled in rock music. Incorporating rock as only one genre among the many that they drew from, the band courageously rejected the trappings of celebrity in order for the music to stand on its own. This program documents a live show that was broadcast on PBS in June of 2003 where they play many of their hits from throughout their long career, including "25 or Six to Four," "You're the Inspiration," "Saturday in the Park," and "Beginnings," among many others.