Roy Orbison -The Last Concert 25th Anniversary Edition Out Next Month


Roys Boys LLC, the company formed by the late Roy Orbison’s surviving sons to manage and protect their father’s name, likeness, image and musical legacy, will release The Last Concert – 25th Anniversary Edition ( December 3 through Sony Music’s Legacy imprint. The set is, literally, what the title indicates: the very last concert performance ever given by Roy Orbison, recorded December 4, 1988 at the Front Row Theatre in Highland Heights, Ohio, just outside Cleveland. The Last Concert includes passion-fueled performances of 14 Orbison classics such as “Only The Lonely,” “Blue Bayou,” “Crying,” “Oh, Pretty Woman” and ten others.  Orbison was in top form that night; just two days later he was gone forever.

The special package includes a bonus DVD that features “The Last Interview,” a conversation with Tony Weber that was video taped at the venue directly after the performance as well as a photomontage of shots taken at the concert by photojournalist Janet Macoska. There is also a collection of “late and great” performances of Orbison in concert, shot in 1981 and 1986 at the Country Club in Reseda, CA and Rockefeller Hall in Houston, respectively.  Performances include “Leah,” “Blue Angel,” “Working For The Man,” “Ooby Dooby,” “Dream Baby” and more.

The package comes with an insightful 850-word essay by son Alex Orbison who chronicles the circumstance of the epic concert that took place 25 years ago: the stage rotated 360 degrees and came full circle five times over the course of the show; Bruce Pearson, the band’s lead guitarist broke a string just before curtain and ended up playing Orbison’s own signature Gibson 335, providing the show with a different sonic ambiance than any that had come before.  He delves into the period of renewed success and recognition leading up to the concert.  Roy had recently been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame*, had recorded as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and had taped the legendary Black and White Night TV special and had seen the use of his song “In Dreams” in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.  It was a heady time for Roy Orbison and the exuberant concert was a reflection of that upbeat sensibility. For the very last time.

Black and White Night, another key Orbison title from this general period, is set for re-release on DVD November 11 through Legacy Recordings. Filmed September 20, 1987 as a TV special, the event brought together Roy Orbison with a group of notable admirers including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne and others for a concert highlighted by unique performances of Orbison’s key repertoire. “The Big O” and his friends were backed by Elvis Presley’s TCB Band, including James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt.

Roy Orbison – The Last Concert tracklisting

1. Only the Lonely

2. Leah

3. Dream Baby

4. In Dreams

5. Mean Woman Blues

6. Blue Bayou

7. Candyman

8. Crying

9. Ooby Dooby

10. Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)

11. It’s Over

12. Working For The Man

13. Lana

14. Oh, Pretty Woman

International Luminaries Set To Debate Aboard Crystal’s World Cruise Voyages

Hot Topics to Spark Heated Discussion during Luxury Line’s Ocean Views Panels

Highly decorated military vets, diplomats, political figures, and global news correspondents, along with more of

James Bradley.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

James Bradley. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

today’s most fascinating – and sometimes polarizing – personalities from around the world will go head to head aboard three segments of Crystal Cruises’ 2014 World Cruise. The Ocean Views sessions – initially launched in 2011 — are presented annually aboard the World Cruise, and other select voyages, alongside enhanced Creative Learning Institute and other enrichment programming around the globe. 2014’s World Cruise from Los Angeles to London is comprised of five segments, ranging from 12 to 22 days.

During the line’s unique moderated Ocean Views-themed discussion panels, the esteemed experts will candidly discuss several of the hottest current issues, followed by an interactive Q&A/polling from the audience of Crystal’s savvy world-traveling guests.  Ocean Views will present the spirited debates aboard three segments of Crystal Serenity’s 89-day World Cruise: January 18 Los Angeles-Yokohama, March 10 Singapore-Cape Town and March 28 Cape Town-London.  Among the experts set for the panels are:

—  James Bradley – Award-winning author of the bestselling book, Flags of Our Fathers, based on his own father’s experience raising the flag on Iwo Jima (January 18 cruise);

—  Richard Roth CNN’s senior U.N. correspondent, covering everything from Syria and the Arab Spring to U.S. politics and New York stories (January 18 cruise);

—  General Anthony Zinni (Ret.) – Decorated 39-year U.S. military veteran who led troops in over 70 countries; now also an acclaimed author and diplomat (January 18 cruise);

—  Edwina Currie – One of the U.K.’s most provocative conservative political figures and former Member of Parliament (March 10 cruise);

—  Ambassador Tony Leon – Former leader of South Africa’s progressive Opposition Party and ambassador to South America (March 10 cruise);

 Sue MacGregor – Renowned BBC broadcaster, perhaps best known as the long-running host of Women’s Hour, and current host of The Reunion on BBC Radio 4 (March 28 cruise);

—  Tex Harris – Twice president of the American Foreign Service Association and advocate for strengthening U.S. diplomacy (March 28 cruise); and

—  Shelby Coffey – Veteran newsman and former editor of the Los Angeles Times and president of CNN Business News (March 28 cruise).

Ocean Views offers our guests a fantastic opportunity to witness – and participate in – the intellectual sparring that occurs when great minds come together for open discussion,” says Bret Bullock, vice president of entertainment.  “Regardless of what side of the aisle one may fall upon, this roster of dynamic, opinionated speakers is certain to inspire lively conversation long after guests leave the theater.”

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