MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 18, 2013 – Indie Memphis officials announced that its popular free Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell will return again this summer with six screenings, the first to be held Thursday, July 18.
The series’ third season, which will conclude with a 1994 Big Star concert, offers a lineup that includes classic performances by Queen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Doors, John Lennon, The Who, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros among others.
The films will begin at dusk and admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Thursday, July 18 – Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest. Queen’s momentous 1986 concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition for the big screen. Performed in front of 80,000, the concert set includes favorites such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “I Want To Break Free” and “We Are The Champions.”
Saturday, July 27 – The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68. The concert is widely held as The Door’s best performance ever captured on film. The concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of “Hello I Love You,” “Texas Radio,” “Big Beat,” and “Spanish Caravan.”
Saturday, August 3 – Big Easy Express. Three bands, six cities, one train, and thousands of miles of track. In 2011, Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana, on a “tour of dreams.” Part road movie and part concert film, Big Easy Express bears witness to the birth of a new musical era.
Saturday, August 10 – The Rolling Stones: Rock 'n' Roll Circus / The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas. Long considered the "Holy Grail" of rock films, The Rolling Stones: Rock 'n' Roll Circus (1968) features circus fire-eaters, acrobats and clowns alongside extraordinary live performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac Band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell & Keith Richards), Yoko Ono and The Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas captures the Stones in 1978 at the height of their musical career. Shot on 16mm in Fort Worth, Texas, the film has been upgraded to high definition. Featuring many Stones classics including: “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin Jack Flash,” “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.”
Saturday, August 17 – Rockshow. In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary Wings over America triple live album and the concert film Rockshow, which has been fully restored from the original 35mm film with re-mastered sound.
Saturday, August 24 – Big Star: Live in Memphis. Two decades after their break-up, the reunited Big Star play a thrilling homecoming concert. Big Star: Live in Memphis (1994) captures the band’s first Memphis performance in twenty years. Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens revel in the intimate New Daisy Theater among family and friends, backed by members of the Posies. They tear through “September Gurls,” elevate Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos,” and romp through some of Chilton’s favorite cover songs.
The Levitt Shell’s 50 free concert series will continue after the Concert Film Series, beginning again on August 29 and running through October 6. Performers in the fall include Ana Popovic, an Opus One concert with John Gary Williams, Paul Thorn, and many more.