Owner of more hit singles than there are strip malls in his native Long Island, N.Y., Billy Joel has fashioned the quintessential pop career from unparalleled songcraft, a penchant for genre-bouncing from one album to the next, and over-the-top stage performances. A child of 1950s R&B and 1960s British Invasion, Joel has always maintained an extraordinary knack for coming up with songs that sound just as good (if not better) on the AM radio of your uncle's '73 Pinto as they do on the living room hi-fi. This devotion to the pop aesthetic over the course of twelve studio albums and innumerable radio hits -- beginning with the autobiographical "Piano Man" in 1973 on through "The River of Dreams" 20 years later -- has won Joel a fan base ranging from 20-somethings raised on his late '70s/early '80s classics ("My Life," "Only The Good Die Young," and "Pressure" among them) to the parents of those same 20-somethings who hear a bit of the Beatles, Dylan, and Smokey Robinson in those same classics. Although Joel removed himself from the pop fold following River of Dreams, his mighty back catalog continues to sell in hefty chunks.
Billy Joel Concert Films
A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minIn 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: A Documentary presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. This film takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip, painstakingly incorporating some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them. Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer.
Live at Shea Stadium
Runtime: 2 hr 21 minWith Beatlemania at its height in 1965, Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, was the site of the first stadium show ever by The Beatles, or any rock & roll band for that matter. The Beatles' Shea performances made an impression on a young working-class musician from Long Island named Billy Joel. When the Mets built a new stadium and said goodbye to Shea in 2008, the local native turned superstar was the logical choice to give it a proper sendoff.
The companion to the acclaimed documentary The Last Play At Shea, the premiere release of Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium features a full concert-length program: more than two hours of hits, history, memories and guest stars including Paul McCartney, all in riveting performances worthy of the historic building where it all went down.
Live at Yankee Stadium
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minExperience Live At Yankee Stadium, featuring performances from Billy Joel’s shows at "The House That Ruth Built" in 1990. This 85-minute concert features such timeless classics as "Piano Man" and "New York State Of Mind" before a hometown crowd.
Billy Joel Top Tracks
Classic Album: 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
Songman: The Jim Croce Story
Runtime: 43 minJim Croce: Songman is an untold story of '70s singer songwriter Jim Croce. For the first time, Jim Croce's friends go on-camera to remember Jim, his music, and a plane crash that took his life. Jim Croce is remembered by his friends and Co-Record Producers Tommy West and Terry Cashman, Personal Manager Elliot Abbott, Music Executive Russ Regan and Singer-Songwriter pal Patti Dahlstrom. With never before seen footage and archive interviews from Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minAmerica Live in Soundstage presents an unique and intimate performance from the legendary band that defined the early 70s folk sound and ruled the Top-10 charts with their evocative harmonies and acoustic-styled musicianship. The memorable 20-song set includes greatest hits as well as rare live versions of "Head And Heart", "Till The Sun Comes Up Again" and "The Last Unicorn" plus a special on-stage appearance by Christopher Cross on the song "Lonely People."
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.
Falling In Between
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minToto were formed in LA in the late 70s by a group of friends who were all much in demand session musicians. They went on to epitomise the classic American pop/rock sound of the 80s and 90s with hit albums and singles including Hold The Line, Africa, I'll Be Over You and the multi-Grammy winning worldwide hit Rosanna. This concert was recorded at Le Zenith in Paris in March 2007 in front of a wildly enthusiastic sell-out crowd. It captures the band rocking at their hardest and most powerful and giving a new life to all their best loved tracks.
Live at Montreux 1996
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minPhil Collins has made a number of appearances at Montreux over the years as a solo artist, with his big band or as a guest performer with the likes of Eric Clapton and Quincy Jones. This concert was filmed at the 1996 festival and captures a performance by the Phil Collins Big Band. This is the first time any of Phil’s big band material has been made available.
Classic Album: Rumours
Runtime: 60 minOh, the heartache. Oh, the drug intake. And oh, the sales records they did break. It's all here in this 70-minute, 1997 chronicle of the making of one of pop music's biggest albums ever, Rumours. All five members of Fleetwood Mac's most successful incarnation are interviewed, and their comments are even more candid than the confessional songs ("Dreams," "Go Your Own Way" et al.) on the album itself; descriptions of the torturous process of making a record while John and Christine McVie's marriage and the Lindsey Buckingham- Stevie Nicks liaison were breaking up at the same time makes for compelling, if slightly discomfiting, viewing. Meanwhile, lest one forget that Rumours was terrific as well as revealing, plenty of attention is paid to the songs. Particularly fascinating (as with most Classic Albums packages) are the breakdowns of the separate instrumental and vocal components of individual tracks. A great tale, wonderfully told.
Fanatic Live From Caesar's Colosseum
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minSisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, better known as Heart, celebrated the release of their 14th studio album 'Fanatic' with a very special performance at the Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario. Performing new songs and timeless hits like 'Alone', 'Dog And Butterfly', 'Crazy on You' and 'Barracuda' with brand new arrangements, this show is a must have for all fans!
Live on Soundstage
Runtime: 59 minShot at WTTW’s Soundstage Studios in Chicago, Kenny Loggins invites his dear friends and colleagues Michael McDonald, David Foster, Jim Messina and Thundercat to join him in re-imagining his mega hits on the Soundstage stage.
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).
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minSmooth delivery, high-spirited melodies, that velvet voice and a soul-stirring rhythmic foundation. All are the elements that Steve Winwood brings to Soundstage featuring his recent work from the album About Time along with his classic hits including "Why Can't We Live Together" and "Back in the High Life." Winwood also performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" - hits from his days with Traffic (recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Hammersmith Odeon London '75
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minThis is the stuff of legend. Born to Run had been released to unanimous acclaim. Bruce and band went to the U.K., where they were hyped as the band to see-and with the stakes so high, they didn’t back down. These are definitive performances. “Thunder Road” has never sounded more naked and vulnerable. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” is clutch, a tight, affirmative performance that swings and punches with authority. “Spirit in the Night” slinks and unfolds like the New Jersey shoreline. The mix from Bob Clearmountain points up the band's incomparable chemistry, unlocking the magic and spotlighting the instruments while never sacrificing the wall of sound. By 1975, Springsteen had a complex web of songs with the most inventive structures imaginable. From the ethereal organ haunting the ghosts of “Lost in the Flood” or the simple piano accompaniment driving “For You” to the wistful memories of “Backstreets” and the urban sprawl of “Jungleland,” Bruce and The E Street Band were never more operatic or intense.
Live: Greetings from the West
Runtime: 1 hr 43 minDan Fogelberg Live - Greetings From The West is an intimate acoustic set from St. Louis' Fox Theatre, shot in 1991. It includes "Leader of the Band," "Road Beneath My Wheels," "The Power of Gold," "Same Old Lang Syne" and other favorites.
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minFor more than two decades, Jackson Browne has been one of the most compelling artists in popular music. In August of 1994, The Disney Channel presented "Jackson Browne: Going Home," a chronicle of Jackson’s remarkable career. Jackson Browne: Going Home contains interviews, performances and rare footage spanning twenty-five years featuring Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Graham Nash, The Eagles, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes and many more.
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Hall & Oates
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minWhen Daryl Hall and John Oates took to the stage at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre as the iconic bass line of ‘Maneater’ began to play, the fans knew they were in for a treat. This duo may have been opening concerts with that irresistibly smooth number for years, but it never seems to lose its magic, and the crowd – an eclectic mix of teens and baby boomers alike – lapped it up. Daryl Hall and John Oates wisely reunited a few years ago after a string of solo projects, and although Oates no longer sports his signature ‘tache, they put on the kind of show that makes it hard to believe they even considered going their separate ways. Earworms like ‘I Can’t Go For That’, ‘Out Of Touch’ and ‘Kiss On My List’ were surefire reminders that these guys are absolute hit machines, and their catchy synth-soul classics probably deserve to permeate the airwaves as much today as they did decades ago. These Philly crooners still have it in bucket-loads, so this show should have everyone from diehard Daryl Hall and John Oates fans to kids of the 80's groovin’ along in no time."
Wonderful Crazy Night
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minThirty-three studio albums and Elton John and his trusted copilot, Bernie Taupin, are still making the soundtrack of our lives. Rock ’n’ roll is the key motivator here. “Blue Wonderful” is wrapped in guitars and features a solo from album producer T Bone Burnett. “Guilty Pleasure” is raucous fun. Taupin’s deft lyrical touch shines on “I’ve Got 2 Wings” and “The Open Chord”, both flush with clever turns of phrase. “A Good Heart” is pure Elton balladry—heartfelt feelings framed by his timeless voice. “Looking Up” expresses gratitude with characteristic flair, like a 2016 version of “I’m Still Standing”. Wonderful Crazy Night shows that rock ‘n’ roll remains Elton John’s North Star.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minOne of the most loved bands in rock history, as well as one of the most commercially successful-with 50 hit songs in the U.S. alone, 18 gold records, a Grammy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Chicago have maintained the unflagging devotion of millions of devoted fans throughout their 37-year career. It began with the goal of incorporating the diverse musical range of their hometown Chicago, and incorporating the big-band aesthetic that included horns which had been virtually left behind in the world of rock and roll, Chicago went on to create a sound that remains unparalleled in rock music. Incorporating rock as only one genre among the many that they drew from, the band courageously rejected the trappings of celebrity in order for the music to stand on its own. This program documents a live show that was broadcast on PBS in June of 2003 where they play many of their hits from throughout their long career, including "25 or Six to Four," "You're the Inspiration," "Saturday in the Park," and "Beginnings," among many others.
History Of The Eagles
Runtime: 3 hr 53 minDirector Alison Ellwood, along with Producer (and Academy Award-winning documentarian), Alex Gibney, meticulously crafts an intimate patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage, and unseen home movies exploring the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America's truly definitive bands. Inspired by the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, Glenn Frey and Don Henley left Linda Ronstadt's backup band in 1971 to team with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and form the Eagles. While personal stories from band members (later including Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit), managers, and music-industry luminaries frame the narrative, it's the unexpected moments-recording sessions, backstage interactions, and even a whimsical sequence from the Desperado cover shoot-that convey the extraordinary bond linking artists, music, and the times (an era when country-tinged rock and finely-honed harmonies spoke to a nation still reeling from unrest). But the band was not impervious to its own unrest, and its conflicts prompted several departures and ultimately led to its demise (or long vacation). Part One follows the band from its formation in 1971 through its ascendancy in the 70's to the infamous unravelling in the fall of 1980. Part Two tracks the group from its reunion in 1994 through the triumphant Hell Freezes Over tour, the 2007 release of the album, The Long Road Out of Eden (which sold over 5-1/2 million copies, worldwide, and garnered the band its 5th and 6th GrammyR Awards), and its ongoing success as an international touring act. This history of the Eagles skips neither a beat nor a hit song, and we're reminded why the band's greatest hits collection (Vol. I) remains the best-selling album of the 20th century. - John Nein, Sundance Institute
Classic Album: Graceland
Runtime: 60 minSimon And Garfunkel are the most successful duo in recording history and following their split in 1971 both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have carried on to have hugely successful solo careers and enjoyed occasional reunions. This concert was filmed at Philadelphias Tower Theater in 1980 and captures Paul Simon in fine form with a superb backing band featuring most of Stuff. The setlist ranges across his career up to that point and includes both Simon and Garfunkel and solo hits.
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.
Starry Starry Night
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minDon McLean performs his classic folk/rock repertoire in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. In a one-of-a-kind celebratory performance, he is backed by an orchestra and joined onstage by Nanci Griffith for two songs. Songs include American Pie, Vincent, It Was A Very Good Year, Crying, And I Love You So, Singing The Blues, Castles In The Air, and many more.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minUniversally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts throughout the 70s and 80s, Foreigner still puts on an absolutely thrilling and sensational show thirty years later. Singer Kelly Hansen and lead guitarist Mick Jones are a wicked combination on songs like Hot Blooded and Double Vision. Foreigners showmanship is outstanding and this episode is packed with smash hits like Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and Urgent, as well as the newest single Too Late.
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.