Waiting for a former key player of one of your favorite bands to release material from their solo project is like waiting to see if your new baby will come out as the next Gerber princess or a wrinkled, burping toad. It's with a big sigh of relief then that Slash's Snakepit's second release, "Ain't Life Grand," opens with stairway to hell riffs from Slash's Les Paul. Behind the top hat, the curtain of black curls, and the snarling cigarette smile, this is a guy who knows how to strike the rock 'n' roll chords. After getting the steel-toed boot out of Guns N' Roses from Axl Rose, Slash has already gone through one Snakepit vocalist and is now working with singer Rod Jackson. Of course, Jackson's Sammy Hagar raspy bravado can't come close to touching Rose's signature style, but these songs are really all about Slash anyway. The guitar god still worships beneath the wings of Aerosmith, getting bluesy one moment and basely the next in a mix that looses the GnR grit for a shot of straight up rock.
Slash Concert Films
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Runtime: 2 hr 26 minOn Saturday 25th August, the guitar legend Slash, frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators played a blistering show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Aided and abetted by frontman Myles Kennedy and their band The Conspirators (guitarist Frank Sidoris, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz), the iconic axeman delivered a searing set featuring Guns 'N' Roses classics like 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Paradise City' and 'Nightrain', Velvet Revolver's choicest cuts 'Sliver' and 'Fall To Pieces' and stand-out Slash moments like 'Halo' and 'You're A Lie' from his new album 'Apocalyptic Love'
Made in Stoke
Runtime: 2 hr 6 minRecorded at the Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England on July 24th, this concert marked Slash’s return to the town in which he grew up. The show came towards the end of his 2010/11 world tour in support of his debut solo album “Slash.” Lead vocals on the tour were handled by Myles Kennedy of AlterBridge and the setlist featured tracks from his solo album, from his albums with both Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, and classic songs that he co-wrote for Guns’n’Roses.
Turn It Up
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minA celebration of the electric guitar, hosted by Kevin Bacon and featuring interviews & performances by B.B. King, Slash, Les Paul, Robby Krieger, John 5, Paul Stanley, Skunk Baxter, Jerry Cantrell, Nancy Wilson, and many more.
Slash Top Tracks
Moment Of Glory
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThis concert features the concert from the Scorpions home city of Hanover that was the climax of EXPO2000. The legendary German rock band, with worldwide album sales in excess of 75 million, perform live on stage with the perhaps even more legendary Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christian Kolonovits. The concert was a recreation of their Moment Of Glory album, also recorded with the BPO, which took their classic tracks and gave them a full orchestral backing.
7 Days Live
Runtime: 1 hr 21 minAt the height of their popularity, Poison were one of the most successful bands in the world and have to date sold over 30 million albums worldwide. This superb live performance captured at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 1993 was filmed during their Native Tongue global tour and features hits from that album as well as classic tracks from the band’s history including Unskinny Bop, Stand, Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) and the power ballad anthem, Every Rose Has Its Thorn.
Live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minThis musical release from the long running Scandinavian rock band Europe captures a live performance by the band, also known as the "Balls 'n' Banners Tour 2011," recorded during their Last Look at Eden tour in the UK, at the Sheperds Bush Empire in London on February 19th, 2011.
When We Were Beautiful
Runtime: 1 hr 21 min25 years, 120 million albums worldwide, Bon Jovi has "seen a million faces and rocked them all." Now the band presents When We Were Beautiful, an unusually intimate look at the inner workings of one of the biggest bands ever. Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and filmed during the band's record breaking 2008 Lost Highway World Tour, this documentary looks at how the band has made it through the ups and downs of an amazing journey and still has more to come. Bon Jovi fans will learn things about Jon and the band that they didn't know before, but anyone who appreciates a look "behind the curtain" at a unique success story will find it fascinating.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minOzzy Osbourne is one of the most iconic figures in rock and one of the founding fathers of heavy metal, however to many his “Madman” persona has overshadowed his considerable musical achievements. “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” tells for the first time the story of his career from the founding of Black Sabbath through to solo stardom and his wider fame beyond. These were the wild days of his prodigious drug and alcohol intake, of biting the head from a dove at a record company meeting and biting into a bat on stage but also of the tragic death of Randy Rhoads and the reality TV show The Osbournes. The film follows Ozzy’s torturous and emotionally fraught journey from excess to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment. Featuring never before seen footage, new interviews with Ozzy himself, his brothers and sisters, his children, his bandmates in Black Sabbath and those who both inspired him and were inspired by him, this is the first film to take viewers inside the mind and psyche of this legendary figure.
Live At River Plate
Runtime: 2 hr 20 minAC/DC Live At River Plate is the definitive live concert documenting AC/DC's massive Black Ice world tour. Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks the band's triumphant return to Buenos Aires, where nearly 200,000 fans and three sold-out shows welcomed them back after a 13-year absence from Argentina.
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minFilmed at the height of the band's popularity during the Heartbreak Station Tour in 1991, this spectacular performance includes all of their biggest hits including Night Songs, Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone, Nobody's Fool, Shelter Me and more!
Get Your Buzz On Live
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minShot in HD with 16 cameras over 3 Sold-Out shows, "Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On" offers the viewer a Once-In-A-Lifetime chance to see 4 Rock and Roll Legends share the stage and blow the fans away with their combined inordinate talents to one collective whole. The band, formed in 2008 consists of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen and Montrose), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Guitar Hero Joe Satriani.
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.
Let It Roll: Live in Germany
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThis concert by Velvet Revolver was filmed at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany in March 2008 for the legendary German TV series Rockpalast. The concert was near the end of the tour for their second album Libertad and came just a few days before the band went on hold following the departure of singer Scott Weiland. The set draws heavily on the Libertad album but also features tracks from their debut album Contraband and covers of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n Roses tracks.
Rock Case Studies
Guns N' Roses
Runtime: 51 minFronted by the charismatic Axl Rose and driven by Slash’s raw, powerful guitar, Guns n’ Roses have given rock music a string of classic albums and singles. Commentary from band insiders and an in-depth interview with Izzy Stradlin stand shoulder to shoulder with classic archive performance footage, as this documentary takes you inside the workings of a band that has sold over 100 million albums. Featuring highlights from: You Could Be Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O’ Mine and more...
Live in Philly 2010
Runtime: 58 minHalestorm's Live in Philly 2010 was filmed at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 30th, 2010. The Video includes a full live set of the show, featuring tracks from their breakthough debut self-titled album such as radio smash hit "I Get Off", "It's Not You", "Familiar Taste of Poison", "Bet U Wish U Had Me Back", and "What Were You Expecting?". Halestorm recently performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and in addition to praise from Billboard, Kerrang! and ARTISTdirect for their distinct brand of rock, lead singer Lizzy Hale was crowned one of Revolver's "Hottest Chick in Metal" in a 2009 cover story.
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.
Made In Japan
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minMulti-platinum rock band Whitesnake filmed their show when they headlined the Loud Park festival on October 15th 2011 at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, in Japan during their Forevermore World Tour. Now fans can relive the irresistible magic of Whitesnake in concert any time their heart & loins may desire! The Forevermore songs alone are worth the price of admission, not forgetting the classic Whitesnake songs, "Is This Love," "Still Of The Night" and "Here I Go Again," all performed at the height of their musical powers. It's all here. This is what Whitesnake fans, old & new, have been clamoring for. An amazing night to remember and to share with all the fans! Highlights include blistering guitar work from the band's six string guitar slingers, Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach & the earth-shaking rhythm section, The Wrecking Crew featuring Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums), who anchor the deep and dirty foundation of Whitesnake. The band is accompanied by the swirling sonic tapestries of special guest keyboardist Brian Ruedy, and of course, the chest beating, seductive vocals of front man and founder, David Coverdale.
Somewhere in the Stratosphere: Anything and Everything Live in Kansas (Acoustic)
Runtime: 1 hr 58 minCapturing live sets from their “Carnival of Madness” and “Anything and Everything” tours, Somewhere in the Stratosphere finds Shinedown showing fans a different side of themselves. While the two live shows on this two-disc set share many of the same songs, the band treats their fans to a pair of very different performances. On the first disc, the band delivers a fairly straight-ahead performance, crushing the audience with the driving rock they’ve made a name for themselves with over the last decade. The real treat, however, comes on disc two. Recorded during the Kansas City stop of their “Anything and Everything” tour, the Florida post-grungers peel away the layers of amps, distortion, and rock & roll bombast, instead delivering an acoustic set that shows fans a more stripped-down version of the band. Though the arrangements don’t differ that drastically, the acoustic version really allows singer Brent Smith’s vocals to shine as they soar over top of the mix without having to fight with the rest of the band’s supercharged sound for supremacy. By pairing a traditional live set with something that’s more of a departure, Shinedown have created a compilation that gives fans a lot to sink their teeth into, making Somewhere in the Stratosphere an easy recommendation for anyone who loves the band and is looking to see them try to expand their sound in new directions.