Concert Film Series-2012

Concert Film Series

The 2012 Concert Film Series kicked off on Saturday, July 21 with Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense, and  continued with a special 45th anniversary screening of Monterey Pop featuring Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley: Elvis on Tour, and rare performances of The Who and Led Zeppelin from the Shelley Archives. The series was presented by Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell and was sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Red Wax Music, Modern Production Concepts, Rock 103, and the Memphis Flyer.

The inaugural Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell debuted in the summer of 2011 and was made possible by a grant from the First Tennessee Foundation. The series drew an audience of more than 7,000 attendees over its seven free screenings, which presented classic concert performances from artists including U2 (Rattle and Hum), Radiohead (Live in Prague), George Harrison (The Concert For Bangladesh), Bob Dylan (The Last Waltz), David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), and The Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter).

2012 Lineup

Saturday, July 21
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Called “The greatest concert movie of all time,” by Rolling Stone magazine, Stop Making Sense is a guaranteed cure for anyone’s blues. It is a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.

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Saturday, July 28
Otis Redding: Otis at Monterey & Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Plays Monterey

Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix arrived in California virtually unknown. Redding, a venerable star of Memphis’ Stax record label, seduced the “love crowd” in one of his best—and last—performances. Returning stateside from London, where he had moved to launch his musical career, Hendrix exploded at Monterey, flooring an unsuspecting audience with his maniacal six-string pyrotechnics. Otis at Monterey and Jimi Plays Monterey feature the entire sets of these legendary musicians, performances that have entered rock-and-roll mythology.  

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Saturday, Aug. 4
Elvis Presley: Elvis on Tour

Elvis on Tour is the Golden Globe-winning Best Documentary chronicle of Presley’s whirlwind 15-cities/15-nights 1972 tour. They are nights to remember, paced here with more than 25 numbers that embrace the rocker Elvis, the gospel Elvis, the ballad Elvis, even the kung-fu Elvis.

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Saturday, Aug. 11
The Who: Live in Texas 1975 (From the Shelley Archives)

One of the last great Who concerts with the late Keith Moon, this amazing show captures The Who at the height of their musical powers in the mid 1970’s in Houston, Texas. If you’ve never seen The Who during the 70’s, this is your chance to witness the explosive energy of the group as they perform “Baba O’Reilly,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” plus selections from “Tommy” and “Quadraphenia,” and such classics as “My Generation” and “Magic Bus.”

Bill Shelley is scheduled to introduce the film.

The Who in Texas, 1975. Courtesy of the Shelley Archives.

Saturday, Aug. 18
Led Zeppelin: In Concert: 1968-1975  (From the Shelley Archives)

The show includes “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Black Dog,” Misty Mountain Hop,” “Kashmir,” “Moby Dick,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” Their million-selling albums and world tours were legendary. Included are some of the most complete and rare footage of performances of Led Zeppelin from television, concert tour films, and in the studio footage – most of which have never been seen by an audience until now!

Bill Shelley is scheduled to introduce the film.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, 1977. Courtesy of the Shelley Archives.

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