Aerosmith’s Brave New World

Aerosmith’s 2019 residency at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM Resort will be one of the most immersive, state-of-the-art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas history.

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The show will feature never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions. GRAMMY Award-winning producer Giles Martin, known for creating the soundscape for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, will create a spectacular show experience.

Aerosmith has teamed up with THX and L-Acoustics for their upcoming breakthrough residency at Park Theater to deliver the world’s first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound.

Aldous Huxley wrote about the feelies in Brave New World in 1932. My perception is that the work THX and L-Acoustics are engineering together accomplishes that multisensory vision.

For many years WYSWYG, What You See Is What You Get has set the direction for computer technology. L-ISA’s What You Hear Is What You See clearly establishes the next platform for sound art that will drive the creative experience forward.

L‑ISA deploys multiple arrays across the performing zone, allowing audiences to distinguish instruments and voices clearly and to enjoy a level of connection to the artists they’ve never felt before. The results? Better intelligibility, closer connections, and a much larger spatialized zone. The L‑ISA Zone.

Island
Island is a personal auditorium that contains up to 25 professional-grade speakers in a single piece installation for an extraordinary listening experience

Why is this experience so exciting?

Having witnessed The Beatles LOVE twice at The Mirage in Vegas I can confirm it was the most engaging music theater experience of my lifetime. The music theatrics I witnessed constantly replay in my mind.  Giles Martin is an artistic genius on so many levels.

I am confident the immersive experience Giles Martin is designing with Aerosmith, THX/L-Acoustics, and the Park Theater will achieve the next-generation standard in audience realization.

Now I have to just figure out how to get to Las Vegas next year…

 

 

The Million Dollar Piano, Elton John – A Concert Movie Extravaganza

Elton John has had a very successful long term residence in Las Vegas. For the past three years his show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been “The Million Dollar Piano“. It has grossed $42 Million Dollars in the Six Legs it has run to date! At the centerpiece of the performance is the show’s namesake piano, an engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha.

If I had plans to go to Las Vegas and Elton John was performing “The Million Dollar Piano” I would make that event my priority. We just saw Elton John this past November in Bridgeport and it was a phenomenal show. It was clear throughout the evening how much the 10 year Vegas residency has aided Elton John’s live stage act.

Well if you can’t get to Las Vegas here is the next best thing. Elton John is releasing a film of the Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano, which will play at 500 movie theaters in America and 1,200 in over 40 other countries. The concert will screen on March 18th, with an encore showing on March 26th.

Tickets go on sale on Valentines Day, Friday 2/14/14, more info here.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/elton-john-releasing-vegas-concert-film-yellow-brick-road-reissue-20140130#ixzz2sJJBd8UH
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Santana IV Update (Everything Is Coming Our Way)

I imagine many Santana fans had the perception that the Corazon, Superstar Concert and first All-Spanish Santana Record project had knocked the Santana IV project out of the box.

Well disregard that false perception, the Santana IV project lives and breathes with a deep sense of commitment to the Santana brotherhood.

Today’s Las Vegas Sun reports in the Kats Report by John Katsilometes

“When Santana is finished with “Corazon,” he plans to begin work on a fascinating album (especially for those nostalgic about classic rock) with some friends and former bandmates.

“We got together for two days already, with Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, Michael Carabello,” Santana said. “The original Santana, we stopped at three. We are looking forward to this spring and doing Santana IV. After this incredible CD (“Corazon”), I will be with them, totally and absolutely.”

Santana has plans to play Dubai in February, and there are no scheduled dates at House of Blues beyond Feb. 1. Because of his recording commitments, it’s likely the earliest he would be back onstage in Las Vegas would be the fall of 2014.

But whenever it is, the timing and mood will be right. Carlos Santana will make sure of that.”

So with Corazon AND Santana IV in 2014 (And hopefully an East Coast Tour too), Everything Is Coming Our Way!

Santana “Corazon, Live From Mexico: Live It To Believe It,”

I am always fascinated how the lens of a camera in the right eyes and hands can capture and preserve incredible moments we never see during live concerts.

Erik Kabik is a defining concert photographer. I am grateful to Erik for his photographic documentation of Santana in Las Vegas and now in Mexico. Erik has a keen eye for photographing Carlos Santana in performance as well as the Santana Band.

Last night, December 14th was the Santana All Star Concert in Guadalajara Mexico. Erik’s photographs let us  have a front row seat!

I’ve included just a few of the photographs from Erik’s Facebook Album. Please note and honor the copyright notice for Erik’s work.

© RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

I can’t wait to see the HBO Special and DVD with all these fabulous musicians, the rich multimedia visuals of the stage backdrop and of course the Santana Band.

There is nothing like a Santana concert 😉

Santana featuring Juanes performing La Flaca

The first single from Santana’s forthcoming superstar album CORAZÓN, “La Flaca” which features multi-platinum recording artist Juanes was unveiled today at the Latin Grammy’s Press Conference in Las Vegas at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

 

“CORAZÓN, LIVE IN MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,” scheduled for December 14 at the Arena VFG is sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board.  Famed director Nick Wickham will be at the helm shooting the concert film, scheduled to air in spring 2014 on both HBO Latino and Latin America, and later will be released on DVD via RCA/Sony Latin Iberia.  Also, there will also be a documentary film shot in Puerta Vallarta and Guadalajara, entitled “Live It To Believe It,” documenting “the making of” this soon-to-be historic concert event.

Santana Reunion Is Underway

Caravanserai (album)
Caravanserai (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last studio recording to feature the major vestiges of the original Santana band was Caravanserai released in 1972. The cover of Caravanserai featured  a journey into the desert sun.

It is only fitting that the 2013 Santana reunion is a renewed “Journey” of exploration out of the Las Vegas desert.

The Santana fan base and the musicians themselves are pumped about the Santana reunion underway by five of the original Santana members, Carlos Santana, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, and Michael Shrieve.

The Santana Reunion excitement fuse was lit on August 28th at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas. Journey was the scheduled act that evening. The magic shifted when the encore segment took place. Out stepped Carlos Santana and Gregg Rollie to settle into a jam with Journey to everyone’s great delight for five minutes. They played an extended version of a Journey song “LaRaza DeSol” and “Gypsy Queen”. The band then launched into the inspiring instrumental “Soul Sacrifice,” immortalized on the Woodstock soundtrack and concert film.

Neal Schon: We also rehearsed for the 2 days I was here in Vegas with Gregg ,Carlos, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello. We recorded and wrote and will go in the studio.

Photo: Edison Graff

Michael Shrieve posted this comment and picture on his Facebook page.

Had an amazing time making music this week with Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello and Neal Schon. Neal was at a Journey soundcheck when we snapped this photo.

Let The Music Play!

Santana Then and Now

My first of 16 live Santana concerts over the years took place on a cool fall evening in Portchester, NY at Howard Stein’s Capitol Theater on October 14, 1970. We attended the late show and rocked from the balcony that night.

Reel it forward 42 years as Santana starts their next two-year Las Vegas engagement tonight, May 2nd at the House of Blues, Mandalay Bay. An Intimate Evening With Santana, Greatest Hits Live, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Wishing Team Santana much success as they kick off an exciting series of concerts in their new, intimate,  interactive venue. We look forward to seeing the live representation of this set and stage design utilized on the Shape Shift Tour 2012 at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Ct. on July 28th!