Quick, name the band: It's placed 30 albums in the British Top 20 (including four No. 1's) since 1972, but only hit the U.S. album chart once, with a record that peaked at No. 148 in 1976. It's also scored over 60 hit singles in England -- reportedly more than any other rock band -- yet it hasn't reached the U.S. singles chart for over four decades, despite continuing to make records. The only possible answer is Status Quo, known in the U.S. almost exclusively for the single "Pictures of Matchstick Men," which went to No. 12 in 1968. That classic's been covered by everyone from Camper Van Beethoven to Ozzy Osbourne, and its riff has been swiped by thousands. But by the early '70s, Status Quo had given up twee psych-pop for a pile-driving biker-boogie trudge that would serve them well for the next several generations and for scores of largely interchangeable but reliably songful albums beloved by Brits and ignored by Americans. If you need a U.S. parallel, think ZZ Top. But even ZZ didn't have a chart-topping single in their homeland -- and certainly not one where they collaborated with a soccer team, as the Quo did with Manchester United in 1994's "Come on You Reds."
Status Quo Concert Films
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.
Status Quo Top Tracks
75th Birthday Concert
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minOn 14th October 1940, a star was born. 75 years to the day the birthday boy performed a very special concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall to celebrate this momentous occasion.
This amazing live performance will allow you to relive this spectacular night over and over again and enjoy Cliff doing what he loves best, performing his many, many hits and favourite classics spanning his amazing career in front of his incredible fans. Get ready to share your own congratulations with Sir Cliff Richard as he entertains you (along with some Very Special Guests) on this truly unique evening.
Fusions: Live in London
Electric Light Orchestra
Runtime: 50 minFilmed in 1976 whilst on their Face the Music Tour, sees the band live in London for the first time in three years, due to their popularity in the United States.
Aside from Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley, this is the only concert footage of the classic lineup known to exist (with Zoom Tour Live and a VH1 Storytellers appearance from 2001 forming the only other pieces of live footage).
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
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.
Look Through Any Window (Part 1)
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThe Hollies were one of the most successful British groups of the sixties and early seventies and have continued to perform up to the present day. Look Through Any Window tells the story of their peak years from 1963 to 1975 when the band clocked up 27 UK Top 40 singles, 17 of which were Top 10s. They were also part of the British Invasion led by the Beatles that stormed the US charts in the sixties and scored hit singles in many other countries around the world.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minREO SPEEDWAGON LIVE IN THE HEARTLAND presents Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) performing a full-throttle, 16-song set that spans the band's celebrated 35-year career from the Number 1 charting "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling" to hits from their most recent album release Find Your Own Way Home.
Live at Soundstage (Part 2)
Runtime: 55 minThe second half of this two-part episode continues on as John Fogerty delivers the timeless essence of his music with an electrifying stage presence and resonating energy. A genuine showman, Fogerty weaves new songs “River Is Waiting” and “Gunslinger” with classics “Green River,” “Centerfield,” “Down on the Corner” and the show-closer “Fortunate Son,” resulting in an unbelievable performance you will not want to miss.
Plug Me In
Runtime: 6 hr 1 minThese performances were assembled via a global search through the vaults of TV & film studios, record labels and fan archives.The result is the most thorough presentation of AC/DC's journey as a live band from their inception through the present day.
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.
The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minFilmed at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN, this stunning show captures Styx performing their classic multi-platinum seventies albums “The Grand Illusion” and “Pieces Of Eight” live in their entirety for the first time. These iconic albums established Styx as a globally successful rock band and defined the AOR genre for a generation of Americans. These new live performances perfectly portray the power, songwriting skill and musical virtuosity that are synonymous with Styx throughout their career and with these groundbreaking albums in particular.
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.
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.
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.
Rocker on the Loose
Runtime: 1 hrPhil Lynott was Ireland's first rock and roll international superstar. His hard man image helped him stand out to the world as one of the most influential rockers of the 1970's. Explore Phil's life and career as he paths the way in the rock giants Thin Lizzy.
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.
Homecoming - The Greatest Hits Live from Glasgow
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minFilmed and recorded 20 years on from their last official live set "Snaz," Nazareth have since been through all manner of worldly experiences, both good and bad. Changes in band lineup, record companies, and musical trends have all come and gone during that time, but Nazareth have held their ground.
Back on their home turf, in front of an international army of fans, Nazareth tear through a sensational "Homecoming" set of hits and live favorites. Recorded in the intimate setting of Glasgow's "Garage," it is the perfect setting for an up close and personal look at one of rock & roll's all-time legends. Nazareth show their mettle on this program concert film.
Live 30th Anniversary Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minThe 30-year history of Wishbone Ash has hardly been smooth, with numerous personnel changes and gradually fading popularity since the band's most acclaimed album, Argus, was released in 1972. What you'll witness here, then, is an inspiring and altogether good-natured example of survival embodied by original Wishbone guitarist Andy Powell. Looking youthful at 50, his formerly long hair now shaved off altogether, Powell remains a virtuoso ax-man, matched by fellow ace Mark Birch (temporarily filling the shoes of the departed Ted Turner) to recreate Wishbone's signature twin-guitar sound. As the sole survivor of Wishbone's original lineup, Powell happily presides over the group's considerable legacy, epitomized here by outstanding performances of the Ash classics "Phoenix" and "Blowin' Free." The concert's a no-frills affair with an occasionally uneven mix, but the music comes through with clarity and gusto, reminding us that Wishbone Ash's unique blend of musicianship remains influential some three decades later.
Come Hell Or High Water
Runtime: 1 hr 59 minCome Hell or High Water, recorded in Birmingham in 1993, features Deep Purple's famed Mk. II lineup celebrating their 25th anniversary with a hard-hitting show featuring "Highway Star," "The Battle Rages On," "Smoke on the Water" and many more.
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.
It Had to Be You
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minRod Stewart found a new audience singing the great popular songs of the early 20th century. It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook features live renditions of songs from his first album of classic standards plus nine of Stewart’s own classics.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 21 minWith an unchanged line-up stretching back to 1969 and global album sales in excess of 50 million, ZZ Top continue to delight fans around the world with brilliant live concerts and great music. The band has made a number of visits to Montreux over the years and this concert from the 2013 Festival is undoubtedly one of their finest live performances. The set list blends tracks from early seventies albums such as "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango" through their eighties blockbuster period with "Eliminator" and "Afterburner" and up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with "La Futura". The middle section of the concert features a jazz-blues tribute to the late Montreux Festival founder Claude Nobs with guest appearances by Mike Flanigin on Hammond Organ and Van Wilks on guitar. ZZ Top, the "lil’ ol’ band from Texas", are rocking the blues as strongly as ever!