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Queen perform “Stone Cold Crazy” live at London’s Rainbow Theater in 1974

One of my favorite Queen songs off my favorite Queen album.

Biters perform “Oh Yeah” live at the Goat Farm Arts Center for the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival’s Sound & Visions Experience

Eureka Machines’ Chris Catalyst and Davros cover A-ha’s “Take on Me” during their Golden Ticket pre-show set at the Borderline gig on March 22, 2014 in London

Coheed and Cambria perform “A Favor House Atlantic” on DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions

Coheed and Cambria perform “Welcome Home” on DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions

Scorpions perform “In Trance” for MTV Unplugged

The Scorpions filmed three live acoustic shows at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece in September 2013 for an upcoming MTV Unplugged CD/DVD release. Here frontman Klaus Meine shares the stage with German artist Cäthe for the title track of In Trance.

Klaus’ voice still seems incredibly strong for 65, especially when you realize he is more than twice Cäthe’s age.

Something Somewhere Has to Break

The Police perform “Synchronicity II” at the Omni in Atlanta in 1983 on the Synchronicity tour

As I was sitting at a near standstill on I-40 on my way into work today, the absurdity of my 45-minute-plus one-way daily commute and mundane workday suddenly hit me, and all I could think of were these lyrics from the Police’s “Synchronicity II”:

Another working day has ended
Only the rush hour hell to face
Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes
Contestants in a suicidal race

Complaining about my current work situation aside, this is one of my favorite Police tunes—latter day Police anyway—with an edge and aggression not found on the rest of the Synchronicity album. I searched high and low for a clip of the original post-apocalyptic video with its Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome feel and Sting & Company precariously perched atop piles of junk, but I had to settle for the performance from the November 2, 1983 show at the Omni in Atlanta during the Synchronicity tour.

Great song, and generally great performances. Here are a few other takes on it. Enjoy!

The “Andy Summers cam” angle of the same performance

Live in Oakland, CA in 1983

Slower, jazzy live version from The Police Reunion Tour at the Tokyo Dome in February 2008

Owen James performs a cover of “Synchronicity II” for Ont’ Sofa Sessions

10/30/2013 Update

A certain rock ’n’ roll snob was able to track down the original video for me. Thanks, Jay!

The Police - Synchronocity II

Foo Fighters perform “Aurora” on Austin City Limits on September 28, 2008 as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival

One of my favorites from There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

Bob Mould performs live on KEXP in the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on September 1, 2013

Here’s the full setlist:

  1. “The Act We Act”
  2. “A Good Idea”
  3. “Hoover Dam”
  4. “Star Machine” 5. “The Descent”
  5. “Steam of Hercules”
  6. “Flip Your Wig”
  7. “Hate Paper Doll”
  8. “Makes No Sense At All”

Iron Maiden performs classic track “The Trooper” at the Download Festival on June 15, 2013.

Not bad for a bunch of old geezers, huh?!

I Hope You’re Having Fun

Paul McCartney & Wings performs “Band on the Run” at the Seattle Kingdome on the 1975/1976 Wings over the World Tour

"Band on the Run" is one of my favorite non-Beatles McCartney tunes, and Eagle Rock Entertainment has released for the first time the full Rockshow concert film from which this performance comes. Here’s part of the press release:

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, including a 5.1 mix for the first time. This is Paul McCartney and Wings live on stage in a concert that is destined to live forever!

Here’s the full setlist for you other music nerds out there:

  1. Venus and Mars
  2. Rock Show
  3. Jet
  4. Let Me Roll It
  5. Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  6. Medicine Jar
  7. Maybe I’m Amazed
  8. Call Me Back Again
  9. Lady Madonna
  10. The Long and Winding Road
  11. Live and Let Die
  12. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
  13. Richard Cory
  14. Bluebird
  15. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  16. Blackbird
  17. Yesterday
  18. You Gave Me the Answer
  19. Magneto and Titanium Man
  20. Go Now
  21. My Love
  22. Listen to What the Man Said
  23. Let ‘Em In
  24. Time to Hide
  25. Silly Love Songs
  26. Beware My Love
  27. Letting Go
  28. Band on the Run
  29. Hi, Hi, Hi
  30. Soily

I have to admit that there is much here that I don’t recognize, at least only by the song name, so I guess I’m off for a couple of hours to give a listen to Wings Over America since the track listing is the same.

If this is your cup of tea, you can purchase Rockshow at Amazon in DVD and Blu-Ray formats, or you can download the film directly from Eagle Rock.


King’s X live at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC on 5/8/2013

Photos © 2013, Derek Soto/Sinestra Studios for Next Mosh. Used by permission.

Take a look at some of Derek’s other great concert photography on Flickr.

Here’s a somewhat decent, sometimes blurry, side-of-the-stage-perspective clip of Eureka Machines performing “Affluenza” at the Brudenell Social in Leeds on May 11.

Eureka Machines performing “Zero Hero” at the Exchange Arts Centre on April 12, 2013