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
Magic Night - The Magician's Birthday Party 2003
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minBritish progressive rock veterans Uriah Heep celebrate their history every year with a special concert called "The Magician's Birthday Party," in which the current lineup of the band is joined by special guests. The 2003 concert found former lead singer John Lawton rejoining the group for the evening, and Mostly Autumn vocalist Heather Findlay lending her talents to the show. Uriah Heep: Magic Night - The Magician's Birthday Party 2003 features the band playing an 18-song set, including "The Wizard," "Easy Livin,'" "Stealin'," "Cry Freedon," and "The Other Side of Midnight.
On the Rock Trail
Runtime: 54 minWhen glam-rock took over the 70s music scene, Led Zeppelin danced to their own tune. Turning out wilder, raunchier and more powerful sounds on Rock classics like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love". With the dynamic vocals of Robert Plant, the mesmerizing guitar and bass of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and the magnificent drumming of John Bonham, Led Zeppelin had a line-up that would rock on, or so it seemed, forever. But like so many rock legends, they found that there was a high price to pay for living life in the fast lane. When Bonham died tragically in 1980, Led Zeppelin was disbanded, as the remaining members hadn't the heart to continue without the "Big Guy" on drums. The fact that more than 30 years down the line, the music of Led Zeppelin lives on, is a testament to the power of their music. Presented by former artist manager from London's famous Tin Pan Alley, Liam Dale, "On the Rock Trail" takes you on an informative (and at times humorous) journey behind the scenes of these icons of the music industry. This documentary contains no music from Led Zeppelin and is not authorized by Led Zeppelin or any of their affiliate entities.
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minLive Kisses captures Paul McCartney performing the songs from his acclaimed Kisses On The Bottom album live from the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Paul is joined by a virtuoso group of musicians led by Diana Krall on the piano in these sparkling renditions of classic songs from the American songbook and the wonderful new song My Valentine. In between the songs there are interview clips with Paul, Diana Krall and many of those involved in the recording of the Kisses On The Bottom album. This is an intimate and charming performance which adds yet another facet to Paul McCartney's already broad canvas of talents.
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.
Live at Soundstage: Part One
Runtime: 54 minPeter Frampton was one of the most successful arena rock stars of the '70s. Frampton still remains one of the most thrilling live performers around, and his two-hour Soundstage performance is no exception. In the first hour Frampton performs songs such as his classics which include: Show Me the Way and Nassau/Baby I Love Your Way.
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.
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.
The Story of Rod Stewart
Runtime: 54 minRod Stewart's incredible career spans 5 decades and encompasses a string of number one albums and hit singles. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Stewart ranks among the best selling artists of all time and with good reason. From rock to pop and heartfelt soul, Stewart is a rare genre-spanning artist, appealing to a massive global audience, with more fans today than ever before. His trademark gravely voice, instantly recognizable the world over has helped define and propel him from truly humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. From his early days with the band Faces to the launch of his solo career and beyond Rod Stewart has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and has become a pop legend in his own right. This is his remarkable story. Featuring music performance (both live and from pop video footage) from some of his best known songs, this inspiring tale is a must have for any Rod Stewart fan.
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 46 minJourney 2001 rocks with classic performances of their greatest hits, as well as songs from the "Arrival" album. Filmed in Las Vegas in December of 2000, the band roars back onto the stage in fantastic form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classic Albums: A Night at the Opera
Runtime: 49 minQueen: The Making Of A Night At The Opera tells the track by track story of the album through new interviews with Brian May, Roger Taylor and producer Roy Thomas Baker along with archive interviews with Freddie Mercury and contributions from photographer Mick Rock, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople amongst others. Illustrated by classic live footage, much of it from the Hyde Park free concert in 1976, and in depth studio analysis the film gives an intimate portrait of the making of a true classic album and is a worthy addition to our acclaimed and highly successful Classic Albums series.
Classic Albums: Machine Head
Runtime: 50 minDeep Purples Machine Head is one of the definitive rock albums of the 70s. Recorded in 1972 it features the classic Deep Purple line up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice at the very peak of their creative powers and became their most commercially successful album worldwide.The story of the albums creation, in the rooms and corridors of the Grand Hotel in Montreux following a fire which burnt down the Casino where they were planning to record, was immortalized in their all time classic track Smoke On The Water.This latest addition to the Classic Albums series features exclusive interviews with all the members of the band plus Martin Birch, the albums engineer, and renowned rock journalist Chris Welch. Alongside the interviews there is archive footage of the band performing tracks from the album in concert. Bonus features include very rare American footage of the band performing Smoke On The Water and the original 1972 promo film for Never Before.
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
The Kids Are Alright
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThe Who...smashed guitars...demolished hotel rooms...cars in swimming pools...the legendary band in their most explosive performances. Re-live the glory from their pre-Who days as The High-Numbers to their final appearance with notorious madman and drummer extraordinaire, Keith Moon. From raucous rehearsal to major festival...from rock operas to rock anthems...from 'My Generation' to 'Won't Get Fooled Again'. See it...feel it...hear it...Witness the greatest band to ever storm a rock'n'roll stage in the classic film restored to its original mind-numbing assault on the senses; digitally re-mastered in hi-definition. Never-before-seen footage presents a rare opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time. For rock fans everywhere this is the ultimate film that won't f-f-fade away.
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 at Montreux 1990
Runtime: 55 minGary Moore is one of the best rock and blues guitarists ever to come out of Ireland. In 1990 he released Still Got The Blues which went on to be his biggest selling album around the world. This concert from the Montreux Jazz Festival was recorded on July 7, 1990 on the tour for Still Got The Blues. It features the band used on that album and special guest Albert Collins, who had also appeared on the album. Nine of the tracks in the set are taken from that album, three of which were UK hit singles.As a bonus feature three of his biggest rock hits, Out In The Fields, Over The Hills & Far Away and an over 10 minute long version of the classic Parisenne Walkways are included from his concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 9, 1997.
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.
Live At Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 40 minStatus Quos album Pictures (released in November 2008) celebrated 40 years of Status Quo filling the UK charts with hit after hit. The album was an instant success, charting at No.8 and selling over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone. In July 2009 the Pictures live tour landed at Montreux in Switzerland as part of the world famous festival. The band, led as always by the twin Telecasters of Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt, delivered a blistering set of hits and classic tracks from across their career including no less than 18 UK Top 20 hits. Huge screens behind the stage illustrated high points from Quos career and the usually reserved Swiss crowd were rockin all over the Auditorium.