Some might think it an odd distinction, but give or take his Boston homeboy Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, no rock star in the '70s anticipated rap music as thoroughly as Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. Like Tyler, his verbose tongue-twisting was clearly schooled in the funk and blues that formed the foundation of Geils' boogie rock. But Wolf's style was equally indebted to the jive-talking disc jockeys who dominated much of rock 'n' roll radio in the '50s and '60s. Born in 1946 in the Bronx, he was just the right age for them. So it's no surprise that his own entry in the music world was as a DJ, for Boston's underground FM rock station WBCN. Before long he took his microphone skills to the stage, first in a local band called the Hallucinations and then in the Geils Band, whose initial regional popularity expanded through the '70s, eventually climaxing with 1981's chart-topping Freeze-Frame before they imploded. Three years later, on his first solo album, Wolf made his hip-hop connection explicit by teaming up with electro-funk producer Michael Jonzun of the Jonzun Crew. He has released several more solo albums since, increasingly adopting a more adult alternative aesthetic.
Peter Wolf Concert Films
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minThis episode features the eclectic, dynamic and wonderful Peter Wolf who is best known for his years fronting the J. Geils Band. Wolf's delivery is high velocity all the way with songs including: "Growin' Pain," "Long Way Back Again," "Nothing But The Wheel," "Long Line," "Homework," "Believe in Me," "Sleepless," "Cry One More Time," "All Torn Up" and "Waiting on The Moon." Wolf recently scored a record within Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" with his solo release, "Sleepless." Throughout the evening, his soundscape washes through the audience and locks them into a syncopated, pulsating rhythm. His effervescent energy parallels performers half his age. His soulful vocals and rollicking persona culminate in a performance not to be missed.
Peter Wolf Top Tracks
The Deep End: Face the Face
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minThis show was filmed for the famous German TV series Rockpalast at MIDEM in Cannes on 29th January 1986. Pete Townshend’s Deep End were touring in support of Townshend’s solo concept album “White City: A Novel”. Several of the musicians that appeared on the album were featured in the line-up of the Deep End including Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on lead guitar. The set list has tracks from the “White City” album, other Pete Townshend solo tracks, Who classics, David Gilmour’s song “Blue Light” and a couple of surprises. Pete Townshend and the band deliver an outstanding performance that showcases him as a solo artist as distinct from his work with The Who.
In Concert: Live at the BBC Radio Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minSir Van Morrison takes to the stage at The BBC Radio Theatre for an intimate In Concert performance. Belfast born ‘Van the man’ is among popular music's true innovators and arguably one of the most influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. The Grammy winning Celtic soul troubadour has been fusing R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk throughout his musical career and in this special, he performs a selection of tracks, old and new from his revered back catalogue of work to his new album ‘Keep Me Singing’.
Live from Gatorville
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minTom Petty and the Heartbreakers are responsible for such infectious songs as "American Girl," and "Don't Do Me Like That," "Free Fallin" and some of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time such as, "Damn the Torpedoes," and "Full Moon Fever." Throughout the years, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have continued earning critical praise and fan adoration for their trademark brand of straight-ahead, American rock 'n' roll and their refusal to compromise their integrity. Along the way, they have become recognized as one of America's greatest rock bands and were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility.
Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 46 minElvis Costello brings his solo show Detour to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Combining classic songs performed with guitar or at the piano with reminiscences of his family, life and career, it is by turns touching, humorous, thoughtful and uplifting. The set features recent songs such as “Church Underground” and “Jimmie Standing In The Rain” alongside much loved tracks from across his career including “Watching The Detectives, ” “A Good Year For The Roses, ” “Accidents Will Happen, ” “Shipbuilding” and “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” all given a new twist in their solo renditions. The show also features guest appearances by sister act Larkin Poe.
Live at Hyde Park
Jeff Lynne's ELO
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minThe Electric Light Orchestra, led by one of rock's most iconic songwriters and producers Jeff Lynne, are one of the most successful British bands of all time with global sales of over 50 million albums. In September 2014, Jeff Lynne's ELO headlined BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London's famous Hyde Park. It was the first time in almost 30 years that the band had performed on a festival stage. The 50,000 tickets for the event had sold out in a matter of minutes and the fans sang along to hit after hit performed by Jeff Lynne and the band accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Classic Albums: The Band
Runtime: 59 minComprised of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, The Band's self-titled sophomore effort spent 24 weeks in the Billboard Top 40. The album was released at a time when the US album charts were taken over by the psychedelic rock movement, and despite this, the album had the aforementioned chart success and would go on to sell over one million copies. This edition of the "Classic Albums" series focuses on The Band's follow-up to "MUSIC FROM BIG PINK". Featuring classics such as "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Rag Mama Rag", the story of the album is told through interviews with surviving members of The Band, fellow musicians Eric Clapton, Don Was, and George Harrison, and vintage footage. The Band is a classic album!
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minFilmed in Buenos Aires during the record-breaking 30th Anniversary World Tour, 'Certifiable' is the culmination of the phenomenal reunion of The Police. With a set list that reads like the ultimate Police greatest hits show, the legendary trio perform all their classic tracks including 'Roxanne', 'Every Breath You Take', 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' and 'Message In A Bottle'.
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.
I’ll Do Anything: Live in Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minJackson Browne's I'll do Anything Live In Concert features over 90 minutes of music from Jackson's entire body of work. Recorded during his 2012 Tour at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO, the release also features Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Tyler Chester, Fritz Lewak, and Val McCallum.
A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minIn 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: A Documentary presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. This film takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip, painstakingly incorporating some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them. Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer.
Live in Holland, 1976
Runtime: 54 minLittle Feat are one of the most influential American bands of the seventies. Founded by Lowell George and Bill Payne in L.A. during 1969; they produced a series of highly original albums over the next decade featuring an eclectic blend of rock 'n' roll, blues, country, folk, soul, and jazz before the death of Lowell George in 1979, which brought the first phase of the band's existence to an end. This film captures the band's performance at the famous Dutch festival Pinkpop on June 7th, 1976 and captures the band's classic line-up at the peak of their powers performing many of their best known tracks.
Living In The Material World
Runtime: 3 hr 29 minDirected by Martin Scorsese, George Harrison – Living in the Material World is a stunning double-feature-length film tribute to one of music’s greatest icons. Using unseen photos and footage, Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces the life of George Harrison in a personal film, weaving together performance footage, home movies, rare archival materials and interviews with his family and friends including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. As his friend John Lennon once said: “George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It’s watching him uncover it all little by little that’s so damn interesting.” ‘An epic, fitting tribute to the complexity and genius of the man himself.’ MOJO ‘Spectacularly good...’ THE WORD
Beneath this Gruff Exterior
Runtime: 54 minInventive performer and poignant songwriter John Hiatt captures the attention of fans and critics alike. In this Soundstage performance, which features Dar Williams and Robinella and the CCstringband, Hiatt performs "My Baby Blue" from his most recent album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. He also showcases timeless pieces like "The Thing Called Love" and "Memphis in the Meantime." Folk-rocker Dar Williams takes the stage to perform "I Saw a Bird Fly Away," a piece which encapsulates Williams' ability to combine sensitivity with not only pathos, but also a sharp wit. East Tennessee natives Robinella and the CCstringband close out the show with new songs including "Honey Honey Bee" and "Man Over." Both songs are a testament to the acclaim that this jazz-bluegrass-swing band has earned from not just critics, but fans and peers alike.
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).
Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minWings For Wheels The Making of Born To Run is a 90-minute documentary chronicling the definitive story of the creation of the album, from songwriting to production and beyond. Wings for Wheels boasts archival film never shown publicly, including substantial footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band recording the album, 1975 concert film and other footage shot between 1973 and 1975. The film also features exclusive footage of Springsteen playing solo piano and guitar versions of songs from 'Born to Run.' In addition, Wings for Wheels incorporates newly filmed interviews with Bruce Springsteen, as well as E Street Band members past and present and the production team: Roy Bittan, Ernest "Boom" Carter, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Nils Lofgren, David Sancious, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Jon Landau, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Appel, and Eric Meola.