This month, KUED provides front row seats to four concerts: Brit Floyd: Live at Red Rocks, Joe Bonamassa: Live in London, Journey: Don't Stop Believin', and The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream – all of whom will be performing live in Salt Lake City this spring and summer.
The Brit Floyd phenomenon has been embraced by fans as the world’s foremost Pink Floyd tribute show. Brit Floyd Live From Red Rocks features the 12-piece band as they re-create a live concert that defined the rock era, through Pink Floyd’s acclaimed impeccable harmonies, staging, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, lasers, and video screen with unique Floydian animation. These elements come together to create a genuine reincarnation of the Pink Floyd live experience. The PBS special features performances from five albums, including Wish You Were Here, The Wall, The Division Bell, Animals, and Pink Floyd’s classic defining album, The Dark Side of the Moon.
Last October, blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa released Tour De Force – Live in London, an unprecedented live concert event unfolding over four evenings at some of London’s most famous and iconic venues: Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and The Borderline. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different set lists, arrangements, and ensembles.
The PBS special of the same name airs Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. and features a selection of songs – many never performed live before -- from each of the four performances.
Bonamassa's journey begins in the intimate setting of London’s Borderline with a three-piece band that delivers a tribute to his earlier career. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, featuring a horns section that creates a soulful, big-blues-band feel. He then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo for a rock-inspired evening.
Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs. The end result more than lived up to its billing as “The Guitar Event of The Year.”
The band Journey comes to public television Saturday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. with the story of how they found lead singer Arnel Pineda and the band's first concert in his homeland of the Philipplines. The first part of Journey 2014: Don't Stop Believin' is an excerpt from the documentary Don't Stop Believin' Everyman's Journey. The film encompasses Pineda's upbringing as an orphan, his emotional struggles and trauma, and his eventual path to stardom through song. On March 14, 2009, Journey introduced Pineda as their new lead singer to a crowd of nearly 30,000 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The second part of the special includes favorite Journey songs from the Live in Manila concert film, including "Faithfully," "Anyway You Want It," and the seminal "Don't Stop Believing."
The Texas Tenors have amazed audiences around the world. Now in their first PBS special, The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream, these smoking-hot tenors bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway music to viewers with breathtaking vocals, humor, and charm. Airing Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., the special is based on their second album of the same name and includes performances of “Rocky Top,” “Unchained Melody,” “Oh Shenandoah,” “Bless the Broken Road,” and many more.
The classical crossover trio was formed in 2009 by country music singer J.C. Fisher, pop singer Marcus Collins, and opera singer John Hagen. They were a top-four finalist in the fourth season of America’s Got Talent, making them the highest-ranking vocal group in the show’s history.