‘B-52s: Live at the US Festival’ Coming to DVD and Digital Platforms Sept. 4

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 4 release of The B-52s: Live at the US Festival, a live performance recorded of the B-52s in action at the 1982 inaugural US Festival.

The performance, which will be available on DVD and other digital platforms, features all five original band members and is dedicated to the band’s guitarist Ricky Wilson, who passed away five years after the performance.

The B-52s: Live at the US Festival is the first-ever DVD release from their classic era, and comes packed with 13 hits and favorites from the groups earlier years, including “Party Out of Bounds,” “Give Me Back My Man,” Planet Claire,” “Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can,” “Lava,” “Mesopotamia,” “6060-842,” “Big Bird,” “52 Girls,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,” “Rock Lobster” and “Strobe Light.”

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Bonus features will include new interviews with Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson talking about Ricky and what he meant to their unique sound, along with memories from their performance at the US inaugural festival.

ViacomCBS Promotes Bruce Gillmer to President of Music

ViacomCBS June 11 named Bruce Gillmer president of music, music talent, programming and events at ViacomCBS Media Networks, effective immediately.

Reporting to CEO Bob Bakish, Gillmer will be tasked guiding the media company’s strategy to align and optimize all music-driven initiatives across ViacomCBS.

“Music is a thread uniting many of our brands, and I’m confident he will maximize the full power of our combined company’s portfolio to bring ViacomCBS’s global music events and programming to new heights,” Bakish said in a statement.

Bruce Gillmer

Gillmer will form and chair a new cross-company initiative to coordinate ViacomCBS’s music programming, talent and events strategy. He will also lead the strategy for and development of music content on ViacomCBS’s expanded streaming offering.

Additionally, Gillmer will continue to oversee music talent, development and programming of music content, series and specials, and tentpole events for ViacomCBS’s Entertainment & Youth Brands, which include MTV, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, VH1, Pop TV, Paramount Network and Smithsonian Channel, and ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI).

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This includes the creation and execution of worldwide music events, including the MTV VMAs, MTV EMAs and, now, the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Internationally, he will expand his remit to manage priority events across the brand portfolio.

The music and events, celebrity talent and creative music teams across ViacomCBS entertainment and youth brands will report into Gillmer along with the MTV International music and talent teams.

Gillmer most recently served as head of global music and EV of music and talent, programming and events for Viacom International Media Networks. He and his team created and produced numerous music series, specials and initiatives, most recently MTV Fresh Out Live!; the reimagined, local versions of YO! MTV Raps in countries around the world; MTV documentary series “The Ride”; “MTV Push”, a global initiative to spotlight new music talent; and many others.

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Gillmer has engineered many culturally defining moments in music, including the U2 and Jay-Z collaboration at the Brandenburg Gate for the 2009 MTV EMAs, and performances by artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Andrea Bocelli. He has executive produced some of the world’s largest music events, including several MTV VMAs and 13 MTV EMAs.

Prior to his international and global roles, Gillmer was SVP of music and talent relations for VH1 in the U.S., where he was involved in the co-development and production of VH1 DIVAS LIVE; VH1 Hip Hop Honors; VH1 Fashion Awards; Behind the Music; and a variety of other shows, series and events. He began his career in the MTV Music and talent department in 1987, working on iconic series and specials including Headbangers Ball, MTV Spring Break, YO! MTV Raps and more.

Remembering ‘We Are the World’

Participants, family and fans gathered Jan. 28 at Studio “A” at Henson Studios (formerly A&M Records and the original Charlie Chaplin Studios) on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, Calif., to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the recording of the song “We Are the World,” which over the years has raised millions to feed the hungry. The event will be commemorated by a plaque to be placed at the studio. The plaque reads, “In January 28, 1985, 45 superstar recording artists checked their egos at this door and joined together as one to record ‘We Are the World.’ 35 years later, the people’s anthem they created has raised over $100 million for USA for Africa. The song still lends a helping hand.” (L-R) “We Are the World” producer Ken Kragen, Gina Belafonte (daughter of “We Are the World” organizer/artist Harry Belafonte), singer Dionne Warwick, and USA for Africa’s Lloyd Greig.

Punk Biopic ‘Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League’ Due on DVD Aug. 9 From MVD

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League will come out on DVD plus CD Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

The story of the notorious punk rock band uncovers how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile come together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the U.K. charts with their debut single.

The film, directed by George Hencken and produced by Brian Perera, Yvonne Perera and Matt Green, stars Stewart Copeland, Rat Scabies and Nick.

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Music Doc ‘Bachman: Special Edition’ Rolling to Blu-ray and DVD May 10 From MVD

The music documentary Bachman: Special Edition will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 10 from MVD Entertainment Group and FilmRise.

As a member of The Guess Who, Randy Bachman was part of the first ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Canadian band with “American Woman/No Sugar Tonight,” and then topped the Hot 100 again in 1974 with another band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Among the other hits Bachman has written or co-written are “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “New Mother Nature,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Let It Ride” and “Roll on Down The Highway.”

The documentary chronicles the life of the 74-year-old rocker, who is still regularly making music and performing. The film follows Bachman as he looks to the past for inspiration from rarely seen footage, pictures and documents that have been stored at the National Archives in Ottawa. It also incorporates present-day interviews with family, management and fellow musicians, touching on everything from Bachman’s childhood to his various rock bands — The Guess Who, Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner — and solo work.

“He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid,” says Neil Young in the film. “Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him. It was more than just chops.”

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The documentary made its world premiere in Toronto at Hot Docs 2018 before a festival run, and eventual airing in Canada on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Bonus materials include “Neil Young on Winnipeg,” “Randy’s Crazy Horse,” “Building a Reprise ‘Here Comes the Sun,’” “On Chords,” “Songwriting ‘When No One Knows’” and the theatrical trailer.

Heavy Metal Story ‘Lords of Chaos’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in May From Unobstructed View and MVD

Lords of Chaos, a story about a heavy metal band starring Rory Culkin, will come out on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD May 28 in the United States and May 21 in Canada from Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group.

The coming of age horror-drama, from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (Polar), weaves together a story of rock ‘n’ roll, youth, love and death. Inspired by a true story, Lords of Chaos, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is set in Oslo in 1987 as 17-year-old Euronymous (Culkin) is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band Mayhem. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths Dead (Jack Kilmer) and Varg (Emory Cohen). Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack contains the unrated version of the film and bonus features. The DVD includes the rated version and no bonus features.

‘Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders,’ Heartbreakers Concert Coming to Disc From MVD

Two Johnny Thunders rock films, Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders and Madrid Memory, a concert film featuring The Heartbreakers, are coming to disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Records.

Madrid Memory, streeting on DVD plus CD April 5, features a lost live concert performance from The Heartbreakers’s 1984 reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain and Jerry Nolan plus Billy Rath. Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, the concert captures performances of songs from throughout Thunders’s career including “Personality Crisis,” “Too Much Junkie Business,” and “Born Too Lose.”

 

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Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 24, is a film based on true events surrounding the mysterious death of the legendary guitarist Thunders. Thunders arrives to New Orleans to begin a new chapter of his life by following a new musical sound, and staying clean from drugs in order to see his kids again. After he settles into the St. Peter’s Guest House Hotel, things go awry. His room is robbed, which contained the last of his money and his only methadone supply. His journey to recovery quickly turns dark when he takes desperate measures to get better, all which propel him deeper into chaos, ultimately leading to his unexplained mysterious final hours.

PBS Special ‘k.d. lang — Landmarks Live in Concert’ to Come out on Disc from MVD Dec. 14

Singer-songwriter k.d. lang performs a concert from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas, celebrating the 25th anniversary of her album “Ingénue” in k.d. lang – Landmarks Live in Concert — A Great Performances Special, premiering nationwide on PBS and coming out on DVD and Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group Dec. 14.

The two-disc set includes remastered versions of the album’s original 10 tracks as well as eight previously unreleased performances from lang’s 1993 “MTV Unplugged” episode, recorded in New York City’s famed Ed Sullivan Theater. Landmarks Live in Concert features the complete “Ingénue” album, including such songs as “Constant Craving,” “Save Me,” “Wash Me Clean,” “Season of Hollow Soul” and “Miss Chatelaine.” The concert also includes the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” and a previously unreleased song by lang and Joe Pisapia, “Sleeping Alone.” The special also features an interview with lang by James Reed, an entertainment editor at the Los Angeles Times.

‘Sheryl Crow — Live at the Capitol Theatre’ Coming on Disc Nov. 9 from MVD

Sheryl Crow — Live at the Capitol Theatre will come out on DVD (plus two CDs) and Blu-ray (plus two CDs) Nov. 9 from Rock Fuel Media and MVD Entertainment Group.

On Nov. 10, 2017, at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, Sheryl Crow played the final night of her “Be Myself” tour.  The concert features songs from that album, including “Halfway There,” as well as her classic hits, including “All I Wanna Do,” “Leaving Las Vegas ,” “First Cut Is the Deepest,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “If It Makes You Happy” and more.

The performance was captured with 18 4K cameras placed throughout the venue and mixed in 5.1 surround sound.

“Very rarely, you walk into a venue and deeply feel the musical history of the place,” said Crow in a statement. “The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, is one of those places, with so many legendary shows by artists like The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers…. Their imprint resonates. The vibe really elevated our performance — my band goes out and kills every night, but this set was on another level entirely. I’m so glad we were able to capture this show on film, it was one of those really special nights.”

The package includes a bonus vintage black and white flashback introduction of many legends who have graced the Capitol Theatre stage over the years, interspersed with exclusive interview segments with Crow recently filmed at her farm in Nashville.

MVD in Deal for Music Doc on Punk Girl Band The Slits

MVD Entertainment Group has struck a deal with U.K. production and sales outfit Moviehouse Entertainment to bring the music-themed documentary Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits to North America.

The title is available July 6 at $21.95 on DVD.

The documentary examines the world’s first all-girl punk band formed in London in 1976. As contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the band has been credited with pioneering the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae.” Here to Be Heard tells the complete story of The Slits and the lives of the women involved, from the beginning to the band’s end in 2010 with the death of lead vocalist Ari Up. The documentary features appearances by Viv Albertine (Slits guitarist), Ari Up (Slits vocalist), Palmolive (Slits founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (Slits bassist), Bruce Smith (Slits Second/PIL Drummer), Hollie Cook (Slits vocals/keys/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU’s punk professor), Don Letts (former Slits manager and punk rock documentarian), Dennis Bovell (album producer), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols drummer), Gina Birch (Raincoats bass), Adrien Sherwood (producer/long-time friend of the band) and many more.

The DVD package includes previously unseen footage of the band, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings.