`Video Games Live' Expands North American Tour

Tuesday September 13, 2005 6:20am
Los Angeles, Ca (AP)
Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Earthworm Jim) and Jack Wall (Jade Empire, Myst III: Exile, Splinter Cell), and Clear Channel Music Group Tuesday announced that the nationwide Video Games Live tour has been expanded after the huge success of the concert series' debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 6, 2005. Co-executive produced by Tallarico's and Wall's Mystical Stone Entertainment LLC, and Clear Channel Music Group, Video Games Live features music from the world's most popular video games performed by top orchestras and choirs across North America, combined with explosive video segments from each of the games, lasers and lights to create an exceptional, immersive entertainment experience. The Hollywood Bowl debut of Video Games Live on July 6th was attended by over 10,000 people of all ages, including renowned game designers and composers from all over the world. The internationally distinguished LA Philharmonic, along with soloists including guitarist Steve Vai, performed music from some of the world's most beloved games. The tour will kick off on October 29, in Seattle, Washington at the Paramount Theatre. Additional tour dates and cities have been added, including New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington, DC, Dallas, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago and Toronto, increasing the total number of stops on the tour from 19 to 25. "The triumphant show at the Hollywood Bowl established without a doubt that the demand for this tour is huge," said Brad Wavra, Touring Vice President for Clear Channel Music Group. "Clear Channel is committed to Video Games Live, and wants to be certain the show offers as many dates as possible to reach the broadest possible audience in North America." Video Games Live features music from some of the world's most popular games, including Mario(TM), Zelda(R), Halo(R), Metal Gear Solid(R), Warcraft(R), Myst(R), Castlevania(R), Medal of Honor(TM), Sonic(TM), Tron(C), Tomb Raider(R), Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil(TM), Splinter Cell(R), Ghost Recon(TM), Rainbow Six(R), EverQuest(R) II, Kingdom Hearts, God of War(TM) and a classic arcade game medley featuring games from Pong(R) to Donkey Kong(R). "We're excited to add more dates and new cities to the tour roster," said Wall. "The Hollywood Bowl show was such a great success and we want to bring that to as many people as possible." Tickets for the new tour dates can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or through the newly designed and updated www.videogameslive.com. Tickets previously purchased for rescheduled dates can be returned to the point of purchase for refund. A trailer previewing the Video Games Live experience is available at www.videogameslive.com. "Video Games Live is a highly visual experience," remarked Tallarico. "Due to the new winter schedule we'll be moving the show to indoor venues, where we have 100% control over the environment. Although the show is just as amazing in outdoor facilities, the indoor locations will actually allow us more manipulation of visual elements such as lasers, video, fog and lighting as well as the audio acoustics." Video Games Live North American Tour 2005 Date City Venue, On-Sale Sat., Oct. 29 Seattle, Wash. Paramount Theatre, Sept. 17Sun., Oct. 30 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Sept. 15Tues., Nov.1 Denver, Colo. Paramount Theatre, NowThurs., Nov. 3 Phoenix, Ariz. Dodge Theatre, Sept. 17Fri., Nov. 4 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Civic Theatre, NowSat., Nov. 5 San Jose, Calif. San Jose Civic Auditorium, Sept. 18Sun., Nov. 6 San Francisco, Nob Hill Masonic, Sept. 18Weds., Nov. 9 Kansas City, Mo. Midland Theatre, TBAThurs., Nov. 10 St. Louis, Mo. The Pageant, TBAFri., Nov. 11 Minneapolis, Minn. Orpheum Theatre, Sept. 17Sat., Nov. 12 Chicago, Ill. Chicago Theatre, TBASun., Nov. 13 Columbus, Ohio Palace Theatre, TBAMon., Nov. 14 Detroit, Mich. Opera House, TBATues., Nov. 15 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall, Sept. 16Thurs., Nov. 17 Boston, Mass. Orpheum Theatre, TBAFri., Nov. 18 Wallingford, Conn. Chevrolet Theatre, TBASat., Nov. 19 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall, TBAMon., Nov. 21 New York, N.Y. Beacon Theatre, TBAWeds., Nov. 23 Philadelphia, Pa. Verizon Hall at Academy of Music, TBAFri., Nov. 25 Cinncinnati, Ohio Taft Theatre, TBASat., Nov. 26 Cleveland, Ohio Palace Theatre, TBAMon., Nov. 28 Nashville, Tenn. Ryman Auditorium, TBAThurs., Dec. 1 Austin, Texas Bass Concert Hall, TBAFri., Dec. 2 Dallas, Texas Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, TBASat., Dec. 3 San Antonio, Texas Laurie Auditorium, TBA

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