Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell
Our 2014 concert film series kicks off its 4th season on July 25. The film lineup will be announced in early June...
Films begin at dusk and are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each show. Never been to the Levitt Shell? Click here for the skinny.
The Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell debuted in the summer of 2011 with screenings of The Last Waltz, U2: Rattle and Hum, Radiohead: Live in Prague, George Harrison: The Concert For Bangladesh, The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The 2012 series opened 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 2013 series featured The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68, Big Easy Express, Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest, The Rolling Stones: Rock & Roll Circus and Some Girls Live in Texas '78, Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow, and Big Star: Live in Memphis
Past shows in the 2013 season:
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The Doors Live at the Bowl '68
On July 5th, 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. The Doors were performing on the back of their 3rd album release Waiting For The Sun and the US No.1 single Hello, I Love You. They had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were on absolute peak form.
Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it's ever been seen before, with 2 previously unreleased tracks (Hello, I Love You & THE WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (aka just Texas Radio And The Big Beat) returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. This is now the definitive edition of this famous performance.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Big Easy Express
(Mumford & Sons,
Old Crow Medicine Show, and
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track… Big Easy Express captures a musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams.”
Big Easy Express documents the bands’ railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music… and a train that was bound for glory.
Friday, August 9, 2013 (Rescheduled from 7/18) - 8:15 pm
Queen Live In Budapest
On July 27, 1986, Queen performed the largest-ever stadium concert at the Népstadion in Budapest in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans. The concert was part of the famed Magic Tour, which was the last time the band toured with lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Now, this original concert film has been remastered in high definition and features many of Queen's favorite tracks Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I Want To Break Free and We Are The Champions. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the first Western rock concert performed in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country's top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8 pm
The Rolling Stones: Rock & Roll Circus (1968)
"Rock and Roll Circus" was long one of the most elusive of rock artifacts. Shot Dec. 11-12, 1968, and planned as a BBC-TV special and theatrical release, the 65-minute picture mated the aerialists, fire-eaters and acrobats of Robert Fosset's Circus with the day's top rock talent.
Highlights include the Who blasting through the mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away" and John Lennon -- backed by an ad hoc supergroup that included Eric Clapton, the Stones' Keith Richards (on bass) and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell -- making his first solo flight outside the Beatles. Yoko Ono, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal and Marianne Faithfull rounded out the lineup. The Stones headlined, playing a six-song set that climaxed with singer Mick Jagger writhing like a man possessed through "Sympathy For the Devil." But the band, exhausted by the daylong shoot, was unhappy with the results.
Thus, "Rock and Roll Circus" remained in the vaults for nearly three decades. However, in 1996, the feature was screened at the New York Film Festival to coincide with its first videocassette release. In 2004, "Rock and Roll Circus" was released on DVD, remastered in 5.1 surround sound, with additional footage; new commentaries by Jagger, Richards, Ono, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and others; and a film interview with the Who's Pete Townshend.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 9 pm
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas '78
The Rolling Stones 1978 tour of the USA in support of that year's Some Girls album is considered by fans to be one of their very best. The tour followed immediately on the release of the Some Girls album and by the time the band arrived in Texas in mid-July the album had hit the No.1 spot on the US charts. The tour took a back to basics approach, with the band and their music very much at the forefront and little or no elaborate staging.
Filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 18th, 1978, Some Girls, Live in Texas is typical of the tour with the Rolling Stones delivering a raw, energetic performance in front of a crowd who are clearly loving the show. Many of the tracks from Some Girls are included in the live set with a sprinkling of Stones classics from earlier albums. Originally shot on 16mm film, the footage has been carefully restored and the sound remixed and remastered by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack tapes. This is undeniably the Rolling Stones at the peak of their form.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow
In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary Wings over America triple live album and the concert film Rockshow.
Although filmed on this tour at the enormous Kingdome in Seattle, Rockshow, originally a cut down version of the concert, was not premiered until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. It was released on Betamax and later on laserdisc. Now for the first time the complete full length concert is being made available fully restored from the original 35mm film and with restored & remastered sound.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Big Star: Live in Memphis
Two decades after their break-up, the reunited Big Star play a thrilling homecoming concert. Big Star: Live in Memphis (1994) captures the band’s first Memphis performance in twenty years.
Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens revel in the intimate New Daisy Theater among family and friends, backed by members of the Posies. They tear through “September Gurls,” elevate Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos,” and romp through some of Chilton’s favorite cover songs.