Hollywood Bowl Festival Announcement

VIDEO GAMES LIVE™ ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES FOR NEW SHOW AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Events to Include Meet & Greet with over 50 Top Composers, Designers & Celebrities

Plus Costume Contest, Playable Games, Guitar Hero™ II Competition, Classic Arcade Competitions, Spectacular Prizes, and More

 


LOS ANGELES – September 19, 2006 –  Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico  and Jack Wall, announced the pre-show festival events planned for the return performance of their Video Games Live™ at the Hollywood Bowl on September 21st, presented by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. 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, live electronic drumming by Irwin and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. 

This special performance taking place this Thursday evening will mark the return of Video Games Live™ to the Bowl after a triumphant nationwide tour, and is the last domestic performance of this year’s tour before starting their international performances. 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 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. which is FREE to all ticket holders. Tickets ($3 - $65) are on sale now at Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B003C6EACB32C1C?artistid=1018457&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

The pre-show festival will include PC game stations sponsored by Intel, a game competition with prize giveaways presented by Dream Authentics featuring old school titles Space Invaders, Centipede, and Asteroids on six custom built arcade cabinets. The yet-to-be-released Guitar Hero™ II will be on hand with its own competition and prizes.  Other pre-show festivities include a costume contest where audience members will come dressed as their favorite video game characters.  Finalists will be judged on the Hollywood Bowl stage by the audience.  San Diego based High Moon Studios will have a recruiting booth available at the show for people looking to get into the video game industry.  Other festival sponsors and prizes provided by Dolby, TokyoPop, IGN, Westwood Colleges, Killer Tracks, APM Music, Music4Games & ASCAP. 

Prizes will be given away throughout the evening during several audience-interactive segments, starring one of the most beloved classic arcade games of all time, Frogger, as well as a live Space Invaders contest and even an interactive segment with the Goodyear Blimp! This unique interaction with a live symphony has only ever been attempted and performed at Video Games Live™.  Grand prize includes an Intel computer and a set of TokyoPop manga books.

The pre-show Meet and Greet, where fans can interact with renowned game composers and designers as well as celebrities, will be VGL’s largest ever with more than 50 industry luminaries, including:


COMPOSERS:

Tommy Tallarico
Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, Aladdin, Cool Spot, Spider-Man, Time Crisis, MDK, Unreal 2 & Tournament, Blood Rayne, The Terminator, NFL Blitz, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man World,  Knockout Kings, Madden Football, Twisted Metal

Jack Wall
Myst III, Myst IV, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Army of Two

Marty O'Donnell 
Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Riven

Mike Salvatori
Halo, Halo2,  Halo 3, Riven, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse

Inon Zur 
Prince of Persia, EverQuest, Pirates of the Carribean, SOCOM II, Lineage II: Chronicle 5

Gerard Marino
God of War, God of War 2, The Punisher

Jason Hayes 
Warcraft series

Jesper Kyd
Hitman series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theorye2C DDR, Freedom Fighters, Unreal Tournament 2007, Spellborn

Alexander Brandon
Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Gauntlet

Clint Bajakian
Monkey Island, Outlaws, Indiana Jones, Day of the Tentacle

Peter McConnell
Sly 2 & 3, Psychonauts, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango

Michael Land
The Dig, Monkey Island, Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle

Jamey Scott
Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 2007, Daxter, Jak3

Cris Velasco
God of War, God of War 2, Dark Messiah, Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Sascha Dikiciyan 
Quake Series, Dark Messiah, Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent

Billy Martin
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Chicken Little, Finding Nemo

Lennie Moore
Outcast, War of the Ring, Dragonshard

Shawn Clement
Sims 2, Need For Speed, Batman: Vengeance, Tarzan: Untamed, Open Season,  Kim Possible: What’s the Switch?

Stephen Harwood Jr.
Brother In Arms

Will Littlejohn 
Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution, BladeRunner, Guitar Hero II

Christopher Lennertz
Medal of Honor series, Gun, 007: From Russia with Love

Chance Thomas
King Kong, X-Men, Lord of the Rings

Rod Abernethy
Star Trek: Legacy, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows,  Blazing Angels,
Marvel VS, The Hobbit
 
Chris Tilton
Black,  The Incredibles, Mercenaries, Alias
 
Gary Schyman
Destroy All Humans 1 & 2, Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, BioShock

Spencer Nilsen
Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic CD, Batman Returns, Daytona USA

Russell Brower
Audio Director - World of Warcraft
 
Rob King
Heroes of Might & Magic, EverQuest series, Area 51, Scarface

 

DESIGNERS:

Tim Schafer
Day of Tentacle, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts

Louis Castle
Cofounder Westwood Studios, Command and Conquer, Blade Runner

Vince Desi
Postal series, SPY vs SPY (C64/Apple II), Ghostbusters (C64/PC)

Bill “The Game Doctor” Kunkel
Father of video game journalism, Electronic Games Magazine — 1979

Cory Barlog
God of War 1 & 2, X-Men: Mutant Academy & the Next Dimension

John Botti
Robocop vs. Terminator, Tomorrow Never Dies, Treasures of the Deep, Knockout Kings, X-Files

Keith Robinson
President, Programmer & Game Designer – Intellivision

Mike Morhaime
President - Blizzard Entertainment

Justin Thavirat
Project Art Director - World of Warcraft

Seamus Blackley
creator of the X-BOX

Jason Rubin
Crash Bandicoot series, Jak & Daxter



PERFORMERS:

BT
Recording artist — Movement in Still Life, Emotional Technology, This Binary Universe
Film composer — Stealth, Fast & the Furious, Monster
Video games — SSX, Gran Turismo 3, Wipeout, Need for Speed, DDR, Burnout Revenge

Dweezil Zappa
Songwriter, Recording Artist, Guitar Legend

Irwin
Electronic drummer for VGL, Beastie Boys, and Rob Navarro

Martin Leung
The Video Game Pianist

Laurie Robinson
Soloist — Advent Rising



SPECIAL GUESTS:

John Schneider
Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard

Steven Lisberger
Creator, writer, director — TRON

Richard Taylor
Movie Special FX Supervisor — TRON, Star Trek
Game Cinematic Director — TRON 2.0, Lord of the Rings, Links 2004, Amped 2, Top Spin
 
Julie Stoffer
Electric Playground, MTV’s Real World



VOICE ACTORS:

David Hayter
Voice of Solid Snake in MGS 1 - 4, Eternal Darkness 
Screenwriter X-Men, X2, The Scorpion King

Dee Baker
SpongeBob SquarePants (TV), Teen Titans (TV), Viewtiful Joe, Halo 2, EverQuest II, Doom 3, Tales of Symphonia, Arc the Lad, Final Fantasy X-2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man



The concert will start with an opening act from famous electronic recording artist Brian “BT” Transeau previewing selections from his new album “This Binary Universe.” Legendary guitarists Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa will be performing along with the orchestra, as well as live electronic drumming by Irwin, and other special appearances by well-known video game composers including Halo composer Marty O'Donnell. New segments include Halo® 3 and Civilization IV, plus a rare special acoustic performance by the original LucasArts composers performing Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and more.

Video Games Live™ will once again make history by being the first to bring the symphonic score from Final Fantasy® VII to the Hollywood Bowl. Fans will also enjoy a special solo performance by Video Game Pianist Martin Leung who will debut his unique Final Fantasy® piano arrangement consisting of over ten Final Fantasy® favorites.

New music and exclusive video has been added to the already spectacular line-up of games including Mario™, Zelda®, Final Fantasy®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Kingdom Hearts, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron®, God of War™ and others, plus there will be a new and expanded Classic Arcade Medley featuring tributes to the games that started it all.



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.


About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 38th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2006, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the second year in a row at the 17th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

Tickets ($3 - $65) 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 HollywoodBowl.com. 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 or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

 

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