After U.K. punk pioneers Generation X called it quits, frontman Billy Idol wasted no time in reinventing himself as the snarling 1980s MTV icon of New Wave-infused Hard Rock most know (and some love). His career has constantly teetered on the line between legitimacy and self-parody, producing an impressive amount of infectious, fist-pumping hits alongside a number of forgettable turkeys. Who can resist blasting the radio when "Rebel Yell" comes on, or imitating his patented lip curl and clenched fist while singing along with "Cradle of Love"? Undeniably, his 1993 release Cyberpunk was an unfortunate occurrence, but Idol's previous successes have proven strong enough to survive any hardship.
Billy Idol Concert Films
In Super Overdrive
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minIn Super Overdrive Live was filmed at the Congress Theater, Chicago for the US TV series Soundstage and originally broadcast in America in July 2009. The show sees Billy Idol, with trademark sneer and peroxide hair very much to the fore, reunited with guitarist Steve Stevens, who played on (and sometimes co-wrote) all his eighties hits. The tracklist runs from early Generation X favourites, through his classic solo singles and up to tracks from his most recent album The Devils Playground. Idol is a fantastic live performer who oozes onstage charisma and the audience rocks along to every minute of this mesmerising concert.
Billy Idol Top Tracks
Carnival of Sins
Runtime: 2 hr 17 minIn spring 2005, Mötley Crüe embarked on their first world tour in more than six years, the outrageous and globally successful Red, White and Crüe Tour. Infamous for their visually and intensely live stage shows, Carnival of Sins captures original Crüe members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee in a stage show that sets a new standard for music BDs. Carnival of Sins is a "circus gone bad" concept spectacular taking place under a huge circus tent stage set with pyrotechnics that are excessive, a fire-breathing midget, seductive aerialists and demonic clowns that will keep you roaring for more.
Runtime: 48 minBryan Ferry has always coupled his own songwriting with a great reputation as an interpreter of other peoples songs. His latest album Dylanesque sees him reinventing a selection of his favorite Bob Dylan songs in the unique Ferry style. Dylanesque Live: The London Sessions shows him performing all the tracks from the album live in the studio and also features insights from Bryan on his thoughts regarding the different tracks and why he chose them.
The Reformation Tour 2009 - Live at the O2
Runtime: 1 hr 59 minIn 2009 Spandau Ballet's first tour together for almost 20 years saw the triumphant return of one of the UK's most successful and best loved bands. Filmed during their sell out concerts at London's O2 Arena, Tony, John, Gary, Martin and Steve return with a vengeance in The Reformation Tour that brought 100,000 fans to their feet. From classic hits including Gold, True, Through The Barricades, To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No 1 to Once More and With The Pride from their new album, Spandau Ballet Live at The O2 proves that it was absolutely worth the wait.
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minFrom Banger Films, the creators of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, ” comes “Super Duper Alice Cooper” the story of Vincent Furnier, the preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the most outrageous rock star of his generation. This unique “doc opera, ” a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera goes from the early days of Alice as the frontman for a cutting edge rock band in the sixties through the hazy decadence of global celebrity in the seventies and on to his winking comeback as the glam metal godfather in the eighties. This is the tale of Alice and Vincent battling for each other’s souls. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” combines audio interviews with a wealth of archive Alice Cooper footage covering concerts, TV appearances, movie cameos, dramatic headlines and magazine spreads. All the highlights of his career are covered aided by contributions from some of the biggest music icons of all time including Iggy Pop, Elton John, John Lydon, Bernie Taupin, Dee Snider and of course Alice Cooper himself. This is the definitive, extraordinary story of the man and the myth that is uniquely Alice Cooper.
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.
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.
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.
Mystify - Live at Rockpalast 1997
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minINXS formed in their native Australia in the late seventies and quickly established themselves as a great live band. It wasnt until the early eighties that they began to break through as a recording act, first in Australia and then globally. Through the rest of the eighties and nineties they filled stadiums around the world and released a constant stream of classic hit singles and best-selling albums. This INXS concert from the Loreley Festival in Germany was filmed for the famous German TV series Rockpalast on June 21st 1997, just five months before the tragic early death of lead singer Michael Hutchence on November 22nd.
Live in London
Runtime: 1 hr"Live In London" is a live performance masterpiece that captures The Pretenders at the top of their game. If you saw them live on their 2009 tour, you'll know what I'm talking about. You owe it to yourself to get this program as a reminder of just how amazing this band is on the road.
"Live In London" succeeds where The Pretenders' studio albums fail. They are one of those rare bands that truly does sound better when they're playing in front of an audience -- an intimate small theater crowd here.
With all due respect to original guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, The Pretenders latest lineup is the best Chrissie Hynde has ever staged. With the steady pounding of original drummer Martin Chambers, newcomers James Walbourne on guitar, Nick Wilkinson on bass and Eric Heywood on pedal steel rock from start to finish, revitalizing Pretenders' classics like "Message of Love" and "Kid," while adding new ones like "Boots of Chinese Plastic" to the playlist.
You'll be blown away by Walbourne's electrifying guitar work. It starts with the first licks of the opener "Chinese Plastic," scorches through "Rosalee," and climaxes with the show-stopper "Precious." Walbourne delivers pure, unadulterated, raw, rip-snorting rock 'n' roll. His on-stage chemistry with Hynde is self-evident.
As per usual, Hynde's vocals are impeccable, showing great range, dynamics and emotion, equally adept at punk rockers like "The Wait" and ballads like "I'll Stand By You." This woman has earned the right to work the stage with the swagger of a rock star. She is it.
The direction and camera work throughout "Live In London" give the viewer the perspective of being on stage with The Pretenders. Tight crops interspersed with effective wide angles make one feel like he can count the streaks of mascara multiplying on Hynde's face and see the beads of sweat building on Chambers' brow as the night rocks on.
Classic Album: Rio
Runtime: 52 minThis latest addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series takes us to the early eighties and the release of Duran Duran's second album "Rio". Released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment, and the Falklands War, this optimistic and celebratory album would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult Duran Duran to global stardom. This documentary tells the story behind the writing, recording, and subsequent success of the album through newly filmed interviews, musical demonstrations, and both new and archive performances.
Live at Knebworth 1990 - Volume I
Tears For Fears
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 Album: 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.
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'.
Alive And Rockin'
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minIn 2007 Foreigner are celebrating their 30th anniversary and are playing more shows in more countries than ever before. The band have sold over 70 million records world wide. Only Led Zeppelin have sold more albums for the Atlantic Records label. This program was filmed at the Bang Your Head Festival at Balingen in Germany in June 2006 and captures the band rocking harder than ever before on a setlist of their biggest hits including Cold As Ice, Urgent, Juke Box Hero, Double Vision and more.
Live at The Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minBlondie emerged from the late 70's New York punk scene and quickly became music, style and pop culture icons selling more than 40 million albums. They scored hits with reggae, rock/disco, hip hop and pop songs bursting with great hooks and brilliant, ironic lyrics. Here they are performing at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 8, 2010.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (20th Anniversary Concert)
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minLive at the Royal Albert Hall finds Culture Club celebrating its 20th anniversary with an infectious and expansive grandeur, all while basking in the love of adoring fans. The show actually starts with a great joke on the audience: Boy George, looking not a day over 20, glides onstage in his once-trademark derby and beaded hair extensions, delivering a warm and welcome vocal on "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" The startled crowd soon realizes he's an impersonator. The real, fortysomething George O'Dowd, looking a lot less androgynous and a tad thicker than in New Romantics days, smiles self-deprecatingly and launches into a pleasing set of white soul ("Cold Shoulder," "Miss Me Blind"), stark gospel ("That's the Way"), stirring raga-rock ("Bow Down Mister"), and even a classic (a lovely cover of Bowie's "Starman," complete with audience participation and muscular guitar by Roy Hay).