Hollywood Bowl Festival Announcement
Tue Sep 19, 2006, 4:55 am
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
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:
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.
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
Myst III, Myst IV, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Army of Two
Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Riven
Halo, Halo2, Halo 3, Riven, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse
Prince of Persia, EverQuest, Pirates of the Carribean, SOCOM II, Lineage II: Chronicle 5
God of War, God of War 2, The Punisher
Hitman series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theorye2C DDR, Freedom Fighters, Unreal Tournament 2007, Spellborn
Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Gauntlet
Monkey Island, Outlaws, Indiana Jones, Day of the Tentacle
Sly 2 & 3, Psychonauts, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango
The Dig, Monkey Island, Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle
Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 2007, Daxter, Jak3
God of War, God of War 2, Dark Messiah, Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Quake Series, Dark Messiah, Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Chicken Little, Finding Nemo
Outcast, War of the Ring, Dragonshard
Sims 2, Need For Speed, Batman: Vengeance, Tarzan: Untamed, Open Season, Kim Possible: What’s the Switch?
Stephen Harwood Jr.
Brother In Arms
Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution, BladeRunner, Guitar Hero II
Medal of Honor series, Gun, 007: From Russia with Love
King Kong, X-Men, Lord of the Rings
Star Trek: Legacy, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, Blazing Angels,
Marvel VS, The Hobbit
Black, The Incredibles, Mercenaries, Alias
Destroy All Humans 1 & 2, Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, BioShock
Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic CD, Batman Returns, Daytona USA
Audio Director - World of Warcraft
Heroes of Might & Magic, EverQuest series, Area 51, Scarface
Day of Tentacle, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts
Cofounder Westwood Studios, Command and Conquer, Blade Runner
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
God of War 1 & 2, X-Men: Mutant Academy & the Next Dimension
Robocop vs. Terminator, Tomorrow Never Dies, Treasures of the Deep, Knockout Kings, X-Files
President, Programmer & Game Designer – Intellivision
President - Blizzard Entertainment
Project Art Director - World of Warcraft
creator of the X-BOX
Crash Bandicoot series, Jak & Daxter
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
Songwriter, Recording Artist, Guitar Legend
Electronic drummer for VGL, Beastie Boys, and Rob Navarro
The Video Game Pianist
Soloist — Advent Rising
Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard
Creator, writer, director — TRON
Movie Special FX Supervisor — TRON, Star Trek
Game Cinematic Director — TRON 2.0, Lord of the Rings, Links 2004, Amped 2, Top Spin
Electric Playground, MTV’s Real World
Voice of Solid Snake in MGS 1 - 4, Eternal Darkness
Screenwriter X-Men, X2, The Scorpion King
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.