Kiss Symphony, Pepsi Silver Clef and Utopia Live music DVDs

Here are three recent UK Music DVD announcements from Sanctuary Visual Entertainment...

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of KISS Symphony for 8th September 2003 with a £19.99 retail price. This one-off concert sees the band celebrate their 30th Anniversary by joining forces with the prestigious 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and was filmed on 28 February 2003 at the Telstra Dome, Sydney.

This 2-disc DVD set is presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipack alongside a 12-page souvenir booklet; all contained within an embossed slipcase with metallic print. The actual show is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo audio tracks, and a 6 channel DTS Surround track for good measure. Bonus features consist of a KISS Photo Gallery, a KISS interview and the KISS Performance of Sure Know Something with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble on Australian TV Show ROVE LIVE!.

Here is a look at the DVD cover art and further details on the concert from the press release...

Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and long time KISS family member Tommy Thayer, joined forces with the prestigious 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, for this sell-out, extravaganza of spectacular theatrical rock'n'roll entertainment. The results are nothing short of a symphonic explosion of pure unadulterated rock with an injection of classical music backing.

The concert is split into three acts. The first part of the show kicks off with a powerhouse rock set by KISS. The band performs over-the-top live renditions of Let Me Go Rock & Roll and Psycho Circus, followed by an unplugged set with the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble string quartet.

The incredible finale sees the hard-rock kabuki icons perform some of their greatest hits, such as I Was Made For Lovin' You and Rock And Roll All Nite, accompanied by the full 60-piece M.S.O.

Let Me Go Rock & Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Psycho Circus

Goin' Blind
Sure Know Something

Detroit Rock City
King Of The Time World
Do You Love Me
Great Expectations
Shout It Out Loud
God Of Thunder
Love Gun
I Was Made For Lovin' You
Black Diamond
Rock And Roll All Nite

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Pepsi Silver Clef Concert for 15th September 2003 with a £19.99 retail price. Filmed on the 14th May 2003 at the Manchester Evening News Arena, in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit Trust, this two-disc set features over 2 hours of live performances from the very worst that Brit Pop has to offer (the press release says crème de la crème, but I prefer my wording).

Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with both DD5.1 Surround and DD2.0 Stereo tracks present you will also find Multi-Angle Viewing Options on the Blue and Atomic Kitten sets and 45 Minutes of backstage footage and interviews.

Funded and filmed by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, 50% of profits from the DVD and VHS release will be donated to the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Brit Trust charities. Money raised as a result of the prestigious event will provide music therapy for people in need, training for the future, and funding for the effectiveness of music therapy through research.

The full set list follows the cover art...

What I Go To School For
You Said No
Year 3000

All I Want
One Night Stand

Real Things

Big Brovaz
Nu Flow
Favourite Things

Girls Aloud
No Good Advice
Sound Of The Underground

Liberty X
Being Nobody
Got To Have Your Love
Just A Little Bit

Free Me
What Took You So Long
2 Become 1 (Acoustic)

Atomic Kitten
Be With You
Whole Again
Don't Call Me Baby
Tide Is High
(Multi-Angle view available of 'Whole Again' and 'Tide Is High' performances - 7 minutes)

Craig David
7 Days
Rise & Fall
Fill Me In

All Rise
If You Come Back
Fly By
Every Breath You Take
One Love
(Multi-Angle view available for all performances - 22 minutes)

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment have announced the UK Region 0 DVD release of Utopia - Live in Columbus, Ohio 1980 for 1st September 2003 with a £15.99 retail price. Offering nearly two hours of live music in both DD5.1 Surround and DD2.0 Stereo you will also find a 30 minute interview conducted with Todd Rundgren in 2003 in which he discusses a wide variety of topics including touring, his early pioneering use of video, and the relationship with his fans.

Here is a look at the DVD cover art and further details from the press release that focus on the concert performance.

Utopia, comprised of Roger Powell (keyboards, vocals), Kasim Sultan (bass, vocals) John "Willie" Wilcox (drums, vocals), and Todd Rundgren (guitar, vocals), perform a blistering concert, encompassing three sets of material from different stages in their career. The first set draws heavily from the 1980 album Adventures in Utopia, and the proceeding 1977 Utopia album Oops! Wrong Planet. In the same set, Todd performs a live rendition of the emotional rock anthem ballad, The Last Ride, which originally appeared on the 1974 self-titled solo album, Todd. Also included is a live rendition of Love of the Common Man (which originally appeared on Todd's 1976 solo album, Faithful).

The second set kicks off with the high energy Utopia rock anthem, Rock Love, while the rest of the set kicks off with more songs from Adventures In Utopia, as well as memorable songs from Todd's solo albums - Hermit Of Mink Hollow, the double live album Back To The Bars. The set also includes a superb medley comprising It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (from the Something/Anything? album), Can We Still Be Friends (from Hermit album) and the hit single Hello It's Me (Something/Anything?). Roger Powell performs Sands of Arrakis, while Kasim Sulton contributes Don't Hold Me Back.

The third set features music from Todd's cornerstone albums Something/Anything? and A Wizard, A True Star, plus songs from Utopia's Egyptological prog-metal-pop concept album RA, and Adventures in Utopia. The DVD reaches its grand finale with stunning live renditions of the power ballad Love is the Answer (from the Oops! Wrong Planet album) and the crowd pleaser Just One Victory (which appeared 30 years ago as the closing live track, recorded in Central Park, New York City, on 1973's A Wizard, A True Star).

Todd Rundgren is a formidable force in the history of rock and pop, and first came to recognition when he released the milestone 1972 double album Something/Anything?. Recorded at home, Todd virtually played all the instruments and sang lead vocals. The album scored two hit singles I Saw The Light and Hello It's Me. Similar to the music of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Something/Anything? is an album that is widely regarded as one of the most influential pop albums of all-time.

It wasn't until 1973's psychedelic A Wizard, A True Star, when rock critics and the music buying public suddenly realised the same guy, who, six years previously, started out playing with the Philadelphia-based rock group, The Nazz, was a genius. Since then, Rundgren has not only developed a worldwide reputation as both a major recording artist and songwriter, but is also recognised as top record producer. His production credits include Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell (1977), The New York Dolls self-titled debut album (1973), Hall and Oates' Abandoned Luncheonette, Grand Funk Railroad's We're An American Band (1973), and the Patti Smith Group's Wave (1979). For the past 35 years Rundgren has remained the consummate Renaissance man, songwriter, recording artist, live performer, producer, engineer and innovator.



The Road To Utopia
2. Back On The Street
3. Caravan
4. The Very Last Time
5. Set Me Free
6. Love Of The Common Man
7. Gangrene
8. The Last Ride
9. Trapped
10. Love In Action


Rock Love
2. The Sands Of Arrakis
3. Love Alone
4. Don't Hold Me Back
5. You Make Me Crazy
Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
Hello It's Me
Can We Still Be Friends

7. Bag Lady
8. Cliché


Overture/Communion with the Sun
2. The Seven Rays
3. Sing Ring & The Glass Guitar
(An electrified fairytale)
4. Initiation
5. Utopia
6. Couldn't I Just Tell You
7. Love Is The Answer
8. Just One Victory

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