Video Games Live™ Announces Special Performances in Philly

Video Games Live™ Announces Festival & Special Performances for First Ever Video Game Concert in Philadelphia

Exclusive Final Fantasy® Piano Arrangement to be Included in Already Spectacular Line-Up

Events to Include Costume Contest, Guitar Hero™ Competition, Spectacular Prizes and Industry Meet & Greet with Top U.S. Composers

Los Angeles – May 31, 2006 –  Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico  and Jack Wall, announced the pre- and post-show festival events planned for the June 3rd Philadelphia, PA performance of Video Games Live™ presented by Wizard World.  Created and produced by Tallarico and Wall’s production company, Mystical Stone Entertainment LLC, Video Games Live™ features music from the most popular video games performed by top orchestras and choirs around the world, combining exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.  A brand new trailer from the SOLD OUT San Jose, CA performance can be viewed here:
http://www.videogameslive.com/trailer/vglsanjose2006.wmv

This special performance taking place at the renowned Merriam Theatre on Saturday, June 3rd will be the first time video game music has been performed in Philadelphia.  To commemorate the event, Video Games Live™ is pulling out all the stops and opening the doors early to present a pre-show festival from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. which is FREE to all ticket holders. Tickets ($25 - $65) are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (215) 336-2000.  Tickets can also be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com

The pre-show festival will include a competition sponsored by RedOctane featuring the award winning smash hit Guitar Hero™.  The contestant with the highest score (song to be announced at the show) will receive a unique one-of-a-kind limited edition Guitar Hero™ Controller and Skateboard signed by video game composers and designers.  Other pre-show festivities include a costume contest presented by 1UP.com, where audience members will come dressed as their favorite video game characters to compete for prizes.  Finalists will be judged on stage by the audience.

Other prizes throughout the evening include a $2,500 Ferrari laptop courtesy of AMD which will be given away on stage during the Interactive Symphony segment, starring one of the most beloved classic arcade games of all time, Frogger, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Two audience members will compete for 90 seconds while the orchestra plays along, changing the musical score on-the-fly depending on what the contestants are doing on screen.  This unique interaction with a live symphony has only ever been attempted and performed at Video Games Live™.

The audience will also be treated to a special live performance by pianist Martin Leung – best known as “The Video Game Pianist” (formerly “The Blindfolded Pianist”).  Leung became an Internet celebrity after over 40 million people downloaded a video of him playing tunes from the classic Mario games while blindfolded (http://videogamepianist.com).  He will be premiering his special Final Fantasy® piano arrangement at this concert, performing over ten Final Fantasy® favorites.  Other unique performances include famed Guitar Hero guitarist Marcus Henderson who will be performing a “Guitar Hero Medley”.
The post-show meet-and-greet where fans can interact with renowned game composers will consist of the following industry luminaries and performers:

Tommy Tallarico (Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising)
Jack Wall (Myst III, Myst IV, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Jade Empire)
Marty O’Donnell (Halo, Halo 2, Riven)
Mike Salvatori (Halo, Halo 2, Riven, Stubbs the Zombies)
Jason Hayes (StarCraft, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft)
Gerard Marino (God Of War, God Of War II, The Punisher)
Tom Salta (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Need For Speed 2, Cold Fear)
Martin Leung (The Video Game Pianist)
Marcus Henderson (Guitarist - Guitar Hero)

And speaking of industry luminaries, Video Games Live™ will be giving away a piece of video game history.  A unique autographed program with over 30 of the most famous video game designers and composers in history will be given away to one lucky winner by filling out an entry card at the costume contest booth during the show.  Names include creators Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid), Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog), Nolan Bushnell (Pong, Atari), Toby Gard (Lara Croft, Tomb Raider), Bill Roper (Warcraft), celebrity Elijah Wood and MANY MORE!

Features music and exclusive synchronized video from popular franchises such as:
Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Final Fantasy®, Castlevania®, Kingdom Hearts, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron, God of War™, Tomb Raider®, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil™, Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®, EverQuest® II and a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong® to Donkey Kong® including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders & Outrun!
Other locations currently on sale include:  Houston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto & Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl).  A complete list of tour dates can be found at:  http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=home


About Video Games Live™ (www.videogameslive.com)
Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live™ (produced under their company Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC) is the front runner in the field of live game music performance.  Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event celebration featuring music from the biggest video games of all time.  The debut performance launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic with over 11,000 people in attendance making it the largest video game concert in the world.

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Media Contact:        Becky Young
                             becky@videogameslive.com