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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas: ’83 Us Festival Days 1-3

Us Festival DVD

’83 Us Festival Days 1-3
MVDvisual, 2013
135 minutes

The Us Festival was one of the landmark festivals of the 1980s. Several artists have capitalized on their appearance in recent years, including Quiet Riot, Triumph, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. There is a 3-disc set available of Metal Day with Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, and more. But there is not much out there for fans of the pop side of the Us Festival.

MVDvisual fills a bit of that void with ’83 Us Festival Days 1-3, available on DVD. The disc features live performances by Divinyls, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Missing Persons, and Stevie Nicks, as well as interviews with organizer Steve Wozniak and MTV veejay Mark Goodman. The interviews overlap some of the music, and that is a bit disappointing, but that’s a minor complaint considering the importance of the documentary. The best performances on the DVD come from U2 (“Sunday Bloody Sunday”), Triumph (“Lay It On The Line”), and The Clash (“Should I Stay Or Should I Go”). In fact, The Clash’s performance was their last with Mick Jones, making the song choice even more poignant.

If you have a music lover on your Christmas shopping list and haven’t found the right present, pick up a copy of the ’83 US Festival Days 1-3 DVD.

Day 1 (Saturday, May 28th)
“The Boy In Town” Divinyls
“The One Thing” INXS
“Jeanette” The English Beat
“Rock This Town” Stray Cats
“Double Talkin’ Baby” Stray Cats
“Who Can It Be Now” Men At Work
“It’s A Mistake” Men At Work
“Should I Stay Or Should I Go” The Clash

Day 2 (Sunday, May 29th)
“Breakin’ The Law” Judas Priest
“You Got Another Thing Comin'” Judas Priest
“Lay It On The Line” Triumph” Triumph
“Fight The Good Fight” Triumph
“A World Of Fantasy” Triumph
“The Zoo” Scorpions
“Can’t Get Enough” Scorpions

Day 3 (Monday, May 30th)
“Sex I’m A” Berlin
“Find Another Fool” Quarterflash
“Sunday Bloody Sunday” U2
“Electric Co.” U2
“Words” Missing Persons
“Magic Power” Triumph
“Stand Back” Stevie Nicks
“Outside The Rain” Stevie Nicks

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Johnny Winter 1976 “Captured Live” Guitar Gods Limited Edition Collectible Figure Announced

Numbered limited-edition 7-inch figure with rocking head

Arriving in late June is the next figure in the GUITAR GODS series… The Johnny Winter 1976 “Captured Live” edition.

Johnny Winter figureThis is Guitar Gods 2nd version of legendary master blues guitarist. Representing him in full on 1976 “Captured Live!” mode, the figure is limited to 2000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Displayed in a full color collector’s box, here Johnny is accurately sculpted right down to his signature locks, platform shoes, and red arm bands.

Suggested retail price is $24.95. The item can be pre-ordered at the Guitar Gods website or at See of Sound. US orders are shipped via FedEx and will arrive in several days. International order could take up to 3 weeks to arrive. All Guitar Gods figures are available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group – a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986. (Also available from MVD are several Johnny Winter DVDs: Live Through The ’70s, Live Through The ’80s, Live Rockpalast 1979, and Live From Japan.)

The previous edition has SOLD OUT and has been praised by fans and the press alike. Blues said, “Holding his guitar and topped with his familiar black hat, this Johnny Winter figure would look great standing guard by your stereo.”

Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 called largest solo artist deal of it’s time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

Stryper – Live in Indonesia at the Java Rockin’ Land DVD (2012)

Stryper concert DVD review

Live in Indonesia at the Java Rockin’ Land DVD
MVDvisual, 2012
69 mins.

Hair metal, the once heralded king of the late 1980s and the butt of many jokes in the post-Nevermind 1990s, has some of the most rabid fans in the world. Over the past couple of decades, bands that once reigned the rock radio airwaves have been making a comeback, fighting the stereotypes and releasing new music. Religious rockers Stryper, however, may have been one of the last groups people expected to reunite. Singer Michael Sweet enjoyed some success as a solo artist and other band members found other projects, but a few years ago Stryper, whose name is a reference to Isaiah 53:5, decided to take the stage together once again.

With Live in Indonesia at the Java Rockin’ Land, fans have the opportunity to relive the glory days of the yellow-and-black attack (sans the spandex). Brothers Michael and Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, and Timothy Gaines blast through 69 minutes of classic Stryper material, from the big hit “Honestly” to the fan favorites “The Rock That Makes Me Roll” and “Soldiers Under Command.” The concert is what you would expect from a band that is three decades old; the songs still pack the same punch, even if the singer isn’t able to quite reach the notes after all these years. That’s not to say he sings poorly; on the contrary, Michael’s voice sounds good, just not perfect…but what’s the point of a live recording if it sounds just like the studio release?

1. Sing-Along Song
2. Murder By Pride
3. Loud ‘N’ Clear
4. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
5. Reach Out
6. Calling On You
7. Free
8. More Than a Man
9. Honestly
10. Open Your Eyes
11. All for One
12. The Way
13. Abyss / To Hell with The Devil
14. Soldiers Under Command

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