Wednesday, November 20, 2013

'US' Festival highlights DVD coming soon

I've watched some of this on various VH1 Classic clip show and really enjoyed it, so this DVD should be good. Read on for more info...

The US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song"), held in Devore, Calif. outside San Bernardino, on Memorial Day 1983, was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer.

Wozniak financed the entire thing himself (approx. $10 million), and his motivation quoted as "to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere" is quite an understatement. This festival was a follow up to inaugural 1982 Labor Day US Festival events.

The festivals were intended to be the celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people.

US Festival 1983: Days 1 - 3 includes the three days of New Wave, Heavy Metal and Rock in 1983 with performances from U2, the Clash, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men at Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more.

This DVD, due out Dec. 3, includes the legendary U2 performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," The Clash's final performance with Mick Jones, a seminal performance for INXS in the US, and many other landmark moments in music history. It is estimated that over 670,000 fans attended.

The festivals included large air-conditioned tents featuring the US Festival Technology Exposition: a dazzling display of then-cutting edge computers, software, and electronic music devices. Also making a debut were installations of "outdoor rain," perforated pvc nozzles that sprayed water to fight the fierce hundred-degree heat.

US Festival 1983 is produced by Icon Television Music, Inc. and Unuson Corporation with the cooperation of Steve Wozniak. This is the only Unuson-sanctioned official release of US Festival 1983 at iTunes and on DVD.

It includes commentary from Mark Goodman, one of the original VJ's that covered the US Festival in 1983 for the newly launched MTV.

US Festival 1983 Days 1 - 3 are available now on iTunes for $9.99 each.

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Track Listing:

INXS - The One Thing
Divinyls - Boys in Town
English Beat - Jeanette
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
Stray Cats - Please Make Up Your Mind
Men At Work - It's A Mistake
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Triumph - Magic Power
Triumph - Fight The Good Fight
Triumph - Lay It On The Line
Triumph - A World Of Fantasy
Scorpions - The Zoo
Scorpions - Can't Get Enough
Berlin - Sex (I'm a)
Quarterflash - Find Another Fool
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
U2 - The Electric Co.
Missing Persons - Words
Stevie Nicks - Stand Back
Stevie Nicks - Outside The Rain

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