Pre Show Festival Announced

‘video games live’ announceS pre-show festival CELEBRATING VIDEO GAMES at hollywood bowl


Meet & Greet With World Famous Game Designers and Composers Including Hideo Kojima and Yuji Naka Among Many Others


Pre-Events Include Costume Contest, ‘Videotopia’ Exhibit Chronicling the History of Video Games, Performance by Video Game Pianist Martin Leung


Video Games Live Concert Has Added Music from Kingdom Hearts

and God of War™ In Addition to Previously Announced Titles



Los Angeles – June 29, 2005 –  Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Earthworm Jim) and Jack Wall (Jade Empire, Myst III:  Exile, Splinter Cell), and Clear Channel Music Group today announced the pre-show festival events planned for the July 6th Hollywood Bowl debut of Video Games Live, an immersive music and video concert experience.  Co-executive produced by Tallarico’s and Wall’s Mystical Stone Entertainment LLC, and Clear Channel Music Group, Video Games Live features music from some of the biggest video games performed by top orchestras and choirs across the country combined with video footage, lasers, lights and live action to create an explosive and unique entertainment experience. 


In order to start the tour with a bang, Video Games Live is pulling out all the stops and presenting a pre-show festival from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on July 6th at the Hollywood Bowl, free to all ticket holders. Tickets ($4 - $92) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details.  For general information, call 323.850.2000.


The highlight of the festival and pre-show events will be a meet and greet for fans with renowned game designers and game industry luminaries from all over the world including:

  • Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Nolan Bushnell (Pong, Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, uWink)
  • Toby Gard (Lara Croft/Tomb Raider)
  • Lorne Lanning (Oddworld)
  • David Perry (Earthworm Jim, Aladdin, Enter the Matrix)
  • Doug Tennaple (Earthworm Jim)
  • Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia)
  • Seamus Blackley (X-BOX co-creator)
  • Bill Roper (Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo)
  • Jason Rubin (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter)
  • Ted Price (Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank)
  • John Romero (Quake, Doom)
  • Donald Mustard (Advent Rising)
  • David Jaffe (Twisted Metal, God of War)
  • Scott Hartsman (EverQuest II)
  • Vince Desi (Postal), and others


The meet and greet will also feature a rare appearance by comic book legend Stan Lee, the creator of the Spider Man franchise, in addition to a number of prominent video game music composers including:

  • Marty O'Donnell (Halo)
  • BT (films, DJ, Tiger Woods, NFS)
  • Richard Jacques (Headhunter, Outrun)
  • Michael Giancchino (Metal of Honor)
  • Laura Karpman (EverQuest II)
  • Jason Hayes (Warcraft)
  • Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider)
  • Gerard Marino (God of War)
  • Tom Salta (Ghost Recon II)
  • Bill Brown (Rainbow Six 3)
  • Christopher Heral (Beyond Good & Evil)
  • Tim Larkin (Myst)
  • Video Games Live co-creators Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall      


Additionally, the festival will feature a live performance by pianist Martin Leung – best known as “The Blindfolded Pianist.”  Martin became an Internet celebrity after over 40 million people downloaded a video of him playing tunes from the classic Mario games blindfolded ( 


The Video Games Live Hollywood Bowl pre-show festival will feature Videotopia, an exhibit chronicling the history of video games. Videotopia details the evolution of arcade games via informational kiosks and displays that take visitors through the history and technology in a way that is fun, nostalgic, and educational (


The festival will also include a costume contest presented by ( for which audience members will come dressed as their favorite character.  The winner will receive a Sony PSP, an autographed poster (signed by special guests and composers), and a Video Games Live goodie bag.  The top 5 costumes will have their pictures posted on the official Video Games Live website.   


Video Games Live also announced today that two more game titles have been added to the already outstanding lineup of games previously announced.  Music and images from hit games Kingdom Hearts and God of War™ will join the originally announced lineup which includes Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Castlevania®, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron©, Tomb Raider®, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil™, Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®, EverQuest® II and a classic arcade game medley featuring games from Pong® to Donkey Kong®.  


The Video Games Live tour will reach 17 cities in addition to Los Angeles this August and September.  Tickets can be purchased at   For further information on the concert series, pre-show festival or Mystical Stone Entertainment please visit or contact us at the number below.


ABOUT Mystical Stone entertainment:

Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC is a front runner in the field of live game music performance.  Working with some of the top games of all time, Mystical Stone has created a unique event of music, video, lasers, lights and live action.  The first 6-week tour will begin in July 2005 with a global tour to follow.



Clear Channel Music Group, a division of Clear Channel Entertainment, focuses on global, national and local promoting, venue and festival management and artist touring services.  The Music Group promotes live music concerts by a majority of the world’s most popular performers, as well as many new up-and-coming artists.  It currently owns, operates, or exclusively books approximately 80 live entertainment venues in the U. S., including 46 amphitheaters, 10 indoor theaters, and 25 clubs plus 8 venues in Europe.  Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry.  More information may be found by visiting and


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