There's no denying that U2 has become one of the most iconic, loved and, yes, important rock bands in the world. And if they're not bigger than Jesus, Bono's attempt to turn his celebrity toward the greater good -- rubbing elbows with heads of state as he tackles climate change and African debt relief -- hasn't hurt his saintly stature. With an unchanging lineup of Bono (vocals), the Edge (guitar), Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums), the Dublin-born band established itself with a string of post-punk-influenced, protest-minded albums in the early '80s. The Joshua Tree (1987) and the following year's Rattle & Hum capped the first phase of the band's career. The '90s were U2's pop decade, as they at once embraced and undercut their mega-star status, experimenting with dance beats and multimedia theatrics. Beginning with 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 returned to their rock roots and embarked upon a "mature" career phase that included record-setting tour grosses and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. No Line on the Horizon -- released in March 2009, 30 years after their debut EP -- suggested that the band had no intention of slowing down.
U2 Concert Films
Classic Album: The Joshua Tree
Runtime: 51 minAn outstanding entry in the Classic Albums video series, this hourlong documentary, produced in 1999, assembles the creators of U2's The Joshua Tree to comment about the musical magic that occurred a dozen years earlier in a home studio in Dublin. Merging past and present, coproducers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, mixer Steve Lillywhite, and guitarist The Edge isolate separate tracks on the album's master tapes to illustrate how some of U2's greatest songs were layered with each individual's crucial contributions. Bono listens in while Lanois deconstructs the masters, appearing genuinely shy about his vocal tracks but eloquent in describing the album as "not Irish at all" in its innovative sound, but "very Irish" in terms of the emotions that inspired it. Later, The Edge describes the "cinematic" sound of the album, intended to transport the listener to a specific physical location based on each song's mood and atmosphere.
Bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen weigh in with illuminating comments, and the hour offers an abundance of video excerpts, concert footage, and memorable anecdotes. Eno sets the record straight on the torturous process of recording "Where the Streets Have No Name" (he almost "accidentally" erased the master tape in hopes of starting from scratch), and Bono admits to a heavy Led Zeppelin influence on "Bullet the Blue Sky." Archival footage shows the recording in progress (one wishes there were more of it), and what emerges from this collective reminiscence is an enlightening study of mutual chemistry and fruitful collaboration. Upon viewing this video, another listening to The Joshua Tree will be more rewarding than ever.
iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live in Paris
Runtime: 2 hr 31 minIn December last year, U2’s groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour returned to the French capital for two very special shows. This concert film captures all the energy and excitement of the band’s critically acclaimed live show - “U2 reinvent the arena show” (Rolling Stone). Filmed on 31 cameras, in front of an audience of 18,000 fans, U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live in Paris puts viewers inside the Paris arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr, and features a guest performance from Eagles of Death Metal. Staged in the round, the tour features multiple performance areas plus a state of the art 100 foot LED screen suspended above a 118 foot walkway running the length of the arena floor, as well as an innovative suspended sound system serving every corner of the arena. U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live In Paris sees the band perform fan favourites from latest album ‘Songs of Innocence’, with highlights featuring Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone and an acoustic version of Every Breaking Wave, as well as career- spanning staples including I Will Follow, Pride (In the Name of Love), Vertigo, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Until The End of the World, Beautiful Day, Where The Streets Have No Name and many more. Warning: This work contains flashing lights & images that may affect those with photo-sensitive epilepsy.
Island 50 Festival: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minIf the 50th anniversary of what was once the greatest independent record label in the world isn't a good excuse for a memorable party, then I don't know what is. Chris Blackwell's Island Records championed everything from reggae and African music to British rock and folk, promoting dozens of major artists in the process from Bob Marley to U2.
Live at the Rosebowl
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minU2's 360° concert at the famous Pasadena Rose Bowl was U2's biggest ever show in the United States with a box office attendance in excess of 97,000. The first live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl streamed across seven continents, making history with over 10 million views in one week. This ground breaking concert was filmed with 28 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who previously shot the concert film U23D.
U2 Top Tracks
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.
Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?
Runtime: 59 minIn his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and Battersea, Pete Townshend opens his heart and his personal archive to revisit the "last great album The Who ever made". An album that took the Who full circle back to their earliest mod days and the adventures of a pill-popping Mod on an epic journey of self-discovery. But in 1973 it was an album that almost never was. Beset by money problems, a studio in construction, heroin-taking managers, a lunatic drummer and a culture of really heavy drinking, Pete took on an album that nearly broke him and an album that within a year the band had turned their back on and would ignore for nearly three decades. With unseen archive and in depth interviews from Pete, Roger, Keith, John and those in the studio and behind the lens who made the album and thirty page photo booklet.
Live From The Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minIn July, 2009, the Killers set out to create a gift for their fans…a spectacular concert experience, at a uniquely majestic venue, featuring their greatest songs - filmed with pristine production values, for the bands first ever official live concert release. Includes the complete show with all the fan favorites performed live.
Elton 60: Live At Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 3 hr 18 minElton John celebrates his 60th birthday by playing his 60th sold out show at Madison Square Gardens in 2007. Featuring a host of celebrity appearances and well-wishers comprising Whoopi Goldberg, President Bill Clinton, and Robin Williams to compliment an extravagant 33 song set list. Includes the hits 'Rocket Man', 'I'm Still Standing', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Your Song’, and 'Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'.
Live In Barcelona
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Runtime: 2 hr 57 minRecorded in 2002, partly broadcast on CBS and performed to a crowd best described as “deliriously insane,” Barcelona captures the E Street Band with new addition Soozie Tyrell firing on all cylinders on the tour behind The Rising. Barcelona marked the first time that a complete Springsteen show was released on either audio or video.
Just Let Go: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 53 min“Just Let Go” combines full live performances from Lenny Kravitz’s 2014 European Tour with interviews and rehearsal footage to give a unique insight into the creative process behind Lenny Kravitz’s music and the staging and presentation of his live performances. The film contrasts the intimacy of conversations with Lenny and his band and footage from rehearsals and behind the scenes on the tour with the spectacular live performances of his best loved tracks including “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, “Let Love Rule”, “Fly Away”, “The Chamber”, “American Woman”, “Dig In” and more.
Live At The Rainbow '74
Runtime: 1 hr 20 min1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' and 'Killer Queen,' released two albums, 'Queen II' and 'Sheer Heart Attack,' and completed major tours across the UK, America and Europe. In the UK, they performed three sold-out shows at the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London's Finsbury Park, one in March on the 'Queen II' tour and two in November following the release of 'Sheer Heart Attack'.
Sum Of The Parts
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThis is a feature-length documentary about Genesis - one of the most successful bands in rock history. And also one of the most vilified. A band that almost died in the mid-1970s with the loss of its leader ; it then survived a change of lead singer and style to storm the charts in the 1980s. Remarkably, its principle members developed successful solo careers in parallel with the band’s.
With full access to the key players, including Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, the film recounts an extraordinary musical story .
They were British public school boys, whose experimental progressive rock band, led by Peter Gabriel, attracted for much of the 1970s a fervent, mainly young male, following. But then in the 1980s, the Phil Collins-led Genesis kicked into an altogether different, more pop, sound , attracting a massive following - including many young women fans . In the process, they became one the most successful bands in the world. Their 1986 album “Invisible Touch”, for example, produced five US top ten singles including number one with the title song.
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.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minThe Counting Crows know how to have fun. Lead Singer Adam Duritz rocks his way through an evening in which poetry seems to explode from the band's repertoire of blues/rock/country hits. Fresh off the release of their greatest hits album Films About Ghosts (taken from a line in the song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"), the band reflects on its 10-year history in a Soundstage episode that highlights the iconic "Mr. Jones," along with other up-tempo tunes including "Hangin' Around," "Rain King" and "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby." Duritz slows down in the mournful rendition of "A Long December" but reinvigorates the mood with the rootsy "American Girls." Other hits featured include "Recovering the Satellites," and "She Don't Want Nobody Near."
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.
In Session: 2008
Runtime: 12 minSnow Patrol performs live at the intimate In Session in 2008. The Session, features performances of Take Back The City,” The Shutters, Chasing Cars.” The Session concludes with an interview with Snow Patrol.
Classic Album: Plastic Ono Band
Runtime: 53 minJohn Lennon / Plastic Ono Band was John Lennon's first solo studio album after the break up of The Beatles. Both John & Yoko had been undergoing primal scream therapy in the lead up to the recording of the album and both this and Yoko Ono's companion album ("Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band") were deeply influenced by their therapy. This latest addition to Eagle's acclaimed Classic Albums series explores the creation of this groundbreaking album through new interviews, archive footage and detailed analysis of the original multi-track masters. Interviewees include Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and bass player Klaus Voorman.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minThe digitally remastered glam-rock classic features David Bowie as his gender-bending alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, in his final performance given at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minRiding high on the phenomenal success of A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay is in peak form on Coldplay Live 2003. This concert was filmed (on Super-16mm film) and recorded in Sydney's Horden Pavilion on July 21 and 22, 2003, during an exhaustive year-long world tour, and the medium-sized arena provides a fitting stage for the London-based rock quartet, not so grand as to overwhelm the music, but large enough to indicate their large and loyal following, which includes enthusiastic fans of either gender. Especially when played in DTS 5.1 surround, this 90-minute concert is richer, thicker, and (of course) louder than Coldplay's studio recordings, lending a wall-of-sound expansiveness to the band's signature sound, which draws from such diverse influences as Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Verve, U2, and their own unique sonic landscape. "Politik" gets the gig off to a rousing start, and other impressive highlights include "Daylight," "Yellow," the as-yet-unreleased new song "Moses," and the popular hits "In My Place," "Clocks," and "The Scientist." And while the concert visuals are slick and professional, this film--the latter containing a truncated 70-minute version of the same performance--are best appreciated for their pristine audio quality.
The Last Ship Live at the Public Theater
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minIn an intimate evening of music and storytelling filmed on Sting’s birthday during a run of benefit concerts at The Public Theater in New York City, “The Last Ship” features Sting joined by 14 musicians performing original songs from his critically acclaimed album and Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by his childhood experiences, “The Last Ship,” is set in the seafaring community of Wallsend in the North East of England where Sting was born and raised and marks his Broadway debut as a composer. Against a backdrop of evocative visual projections, this captivating live performance takes us on a journey of love, loss, redemption, and self-discovery, offering an inside look at the story behind “The Last Ship.”
Live at Wembley Stadium
Runtime: 2 hr 23 minIt was July 27th 1996 and a sell-out crowd in excess of 70,000 welcomed Bryan Adams to Wembley Stadium on his “18 ‘Til I Die Tour” in support of the multi-platinum album of the same name. “18 ‘Til I Die” had been released a few weeks earlier and hit the No.1 spot on the UK Albums Chart and gone Top 5 right around Europe. The show opened with the album’s first hit single “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You” and straight away the stage was set for an energetic, hit packed performance which was received with wild enthusiasm by the huge crowd. This is a legendary show for Bryan Adams fans and is now finally being released for the first time.
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'.
Runtime: 1 hr 55 minBruce Springsteen: VH1 Storytellers treats fans to intimate performances of songs from Springsteen’s Devils & Dust as well as several of his most beloved classics, plus revealing discussions about how the songs came to be.
R.E.M. By MTV
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minOn April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they started that night stayed together for thirty years and changed the shape of rock music. R.E.M. By MTV tells R.E.M.'s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M gave to MTV channels in the USA and around the world. Featuring revealing, never-before-seen footage, R.E.M. By MTV tells the amazing story of a band that did it their own way, and changed how a generation of musicians after them did it, too.
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.
Single Video Theory
Runtime: 45 minSingle Video Theory is a music documentary directed by Mark Pellington that follows the making of Yield, the fifth album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The film was shot in 16mm film over three days in November 1997 in downtown Seattle. It features interviews with the band members and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's rehearsal sessions for its shows opening for The Rolling Stones. The documentary illustrates how the band began to widen the songwriting responsibilities of its members, with bassist Jeff Ament credited with writing "Pilate" and "Low Light", and guitarist Mike McCready taking part in writing "Given to Fly" with vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was the first insight into the band's inner workings of its recording sessions, which had previously been shielded from the public.
Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live
The Rolling Stones
Runtime: 1 hr 58 minThe Rolling Stones historic and triumphant return to Hyde Park was without doubt the event of the summer. Over 100,000 delirious fans of all ages packed into the park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to watch Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood do what they do best. The Stones delivered a five star performance that had both fans and critics singing their praises. The set packed in hit after hit and saw the band joined by former guitarist Mick Taylor for a special guest appearance on two songs. This stunning concert film is the perfect way to celebrate the return of The Rolling Stones back where they truly belong: live on stage in their hometown.