Disgruntled Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow with members of American bar band Elf (featuring future mega-dude Ronnie James Dio) in 1975. Innumerable lineup changes, eight studio albums, a pair of live sets and a handful of radio hits later, the band finally ground to a halt in 1995. Regardless of the lack of chart success enjoyed by the group, Rainbow -- with an early take on what was still growing into heavy metal in the mid-'70s -- remain one of the more influential bands of the era. Much like the chug of Heart's "Barracuda," "Man on the Silver Mountain," from Rainbow's 1975 debut album, is built around an undeniably archetypal metal riff. On top of that, Dio's scream-singing portends the pervasive effect he would have on metal vocalists just a few years later as Ozzy's replacement in Sabbath, and then later as a solo artist. After Dio's departure, the band managed a brief period of MTV popularity with the release of Straight Between the Eyes in 1982 and Bent Out of Shape in 1983, and attendant hits "Stone Cold" and "Street of Dreams," respectively.
Rainbow Concert Films
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.
Rainbow Top Tracks
Rock Las Vegas
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minIn November 2014 KISS brought their legendary live show to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a Las Vegas residency. KISS Rocks Vegas captures the event in all its pyrotechnical glory as the band power through hit after hit in front of the adoring KISS Army. Nobody delivers a live concert spectacle like KISS and this concert film finds them in peak form.
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.
One Night in Dublin
Runtime: 1 hrOn August 20th 2005, on what would have been his 56th birthday, a statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublins Grafton Street by his mother. There to witness the event were members of Thin Lizzy from throughout the bands career. Later that evening they joined forces under the leadership of Gary Moore for a concert that paid tribute to Phil Lynotts memory. The core band of Moore, Jethro Tull bass player Jonathan Noyce and Thin Lizzys one and only drummer Brian Downey were joined by the stellar guitar talents of Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell for a set of Lizzy and Gary Moore classics.
Viva! Hysteria: Live at the Joint, Las Vegas
Runtime: 2 hr 43 minWith 100 million records sold worldwide, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most potent forces in global rock. For the past 30 years the band has been a top box-office draw, consistently selling out arenas worldwide. HYSTERIA was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and following its release the album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart in the U.S. and also No. 1 on the U.K. Album chart. For the first time ever, Def Leppard played HYSTERIA in its entirety during an eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas. The band played also under the fictitious name of DED FLATBIRD (which came about after someone once mispronounced Def Leppard as "Dead Flat Bird"). Two different opening sets of 35 mins. on each of the nights. The band showcased some fan favourite and rare songs from the early years of the band besides playing a selection of their greatest hits, highlighting classic material from throughout their career. The "Viva! HYSTERIA" show featured an elaborate set design created only for Def Leppard 's Las Vegas residency. Known for legendary big-scale arena shows, Def Leppard will bring their over-the-top production to your house as "Viva! HYSTERIA" is their first full live show shot in HD released commercially. Finally "Viva! HYSTERIA" showcases for the first time a career-defining album (excluding concept albums) performed live in its entirety - from start to finish - for a commercial audio/video release. "Viva! HYSTERIA"! is unlike any show Def Leppard has ever done or will ever do again.
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minShot in London during the 2000 world tour, Brutally Live showcases Alice Cooper doing what he's been doing better than anyone else over the past 25 years: turning a rock concert into a campy theatrical extravaganza. That he's old enough to be almost anyone in the audience's (grand?)father is quite beside the point. For Alice remains one of the few who knows that rock & roll should be fun, even if that means severed heads, gushing blood, and murdered babies. Even the fabled guillotine, from his heyday a quarter-century ago, makes an appearance. Alice also takes a shot at Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kiss by calling them "my undisciplined children."
Alice and his band rip through 105 minutes of some of his best-known songs, including "I'm 18," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Only Women Bleed," and the immortal anthem "School's Out," along with newer tunes like "Brutal Planet" and "Gimme" (also seen as a bonus video). The concert will surely satisfy Cooper fans, if not win him new ones; the DVD itself is a winner, with bludgeoning DTS and Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and the choice of alternate camera angles on six of the 25 songs.
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minFilmed at the height of the band's popularity during the Heartbreak Station Tour in 1991, this spectacular performance includes all of their biggest hits including Night Songs, Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone, Nobody's Fool, Shelter Me and more!
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 â€œStairway to Heavenâ€ and â€œWhole Lotta Loveâ€. 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 hadnâ€™t the heart to continue without the â€œBig Guyâ€ 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 Londonâ€™s famous Tin Pan Alley, Liam Dale, â€œOn the Rock Trailâ€ 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.
Classic Albums: Paranoid
Runtime: 55 minThe second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music, but also defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history. The result of a magic chemistry which had been discovered between four English musicians, it put Black Sabbath firmly on the road to world domination.
This programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and success of the album. Despite vilification from the Christian and moral right and all the harsh criticism that the music press could hurl at them, Paranoid catapulted Sabbath into the rock stratosphere.
Using exclusive interviews, musical demonstration, archive footage and a return to the multi-tracks with engineer Tom Allom, the film reveals how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward created their frighteningly dark, heavy and ear-shatteringly loud sound.
Additional comments from Phil Alexander (MOJO & Kerrang! editor), Geoff Barton (Classic Rock editor), Henry Rollins (writer/musician) and Jim Simpson (original manager) add insight to the creation of this all-time classic.
Classic Albums: British Steel
Runtime: 50 minThis installment of the Classic Albums series, in which rock stars talk about the creation of their albums, focuses on the making of British Steel, the 1980 album by Judas Priest, a working class British, heavy metal band led by screechy lead singer Rob Halford. As Halford (who has since left the band) and his mates explain what went into the lyrics and recording of the songs that made up the record, the talking heads are intercut with performance footage of a band that helped launch the metal and speed-metal surge of the 1980s and early 1990s.
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 at Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minIn 1969 Deep Purple premiered Jon Lords groundbreaking Concerto For Group And Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Thirty years later, in September 1999, Deep Purple and the London Symphony Orchestra returned to the same venue for the concertos second performance. The centrepiece of the concert is of course the concerto itself but it is preceded by a short set of other Jon Lord tracks, songs from Roger Glovers Butterfly Ball (sung by Ronnie James Dio) and Ian Paices jazz arrangement of the early Purple classic Wring That Neck. Following the concerto are five Deep Purple classics culminating with Smoke On The Water.
Evil or Divine
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minRecorded on December 13th 2002 in New York City, this live performance by Dio sees them working their way through a host of hits from their back catalog, fronted as ever by the irrepressible Ronnie James Dio. Tracks include "Holy Diver," "Killing the Dragon," "Stand Up and Shout," "We Rock," 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.
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minRecorded live at the Mermaid Theatre, London, this is a rare acoustic set from.
The stripped back performances are a testament to the versatility of Uriah Heep - not entirely Unplugged, but most definitely Acoustically Driven.
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.
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.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minOzzy Osbourne is one of the most iconic figures in rock and one of the founding fathers of heavy metal, however to many his “Madman” persona has overshadowed his considerable musical achievements. “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” tells for the first time the story of his career from the founding of Black Sabbath through to solo stardom and his wider fame beyond. These were the wild days of his prodigious drug and alcohol intake, of biting the head from a dove at a record company meeting and biting into a bat on stage but also of the tragic death of Randy Rhoads and the reality TV show The Osbournes. The film follows Ozzy’s torturous and emotionally fraught journey from excess to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment. Featuring never before seen footage, new interviews with Ozzy himself, his brothers and sisters, his children, his bandmates in Black Sabbath and those who both inspired him and were inspired by him, this is the first film to take viewers inside the mind and psyche of this legendary figure.