BMS Shopping Guide: Music DVDs of 2011

BMS takes a look at the new music DVDs released in 2011

, Staff

‘Tis the season of giving and receiving, and here at BMS, we know that finding the perfect gift for someone can be a frustrating process. Because of this, we want to give you, our readers, the gift of making your life a little easier. We have searched high and low to find all the newly released DVDs for the music lover in your life. From documentaries to concert films, we got it covered. And if that’s not enough, you can always check out our previous guides (2010 and 2009) for more inspiration. Now take a look and get that shopping done.

Pearl Jam: 20 – Cameron Crowe’s look into the most prolific band of the Grunge era. See behind-the-scenes footage and performances spanning the band’s two-decade career in one of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries.

Foo Fighters: Back & Forth – Another career spanning documentary that will keep you entertained for the full ride. See the Foo Fighters career merge from the ashes of Nirvana and build to one of the top rock acts today as they record their latest album, Wasting Light.

U2: From The Sky Down – In 2011, U2 returned to Hansa Studios in Berlin to discuss the making of 1991’s Achtung Baby. Directed by Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim, this film charts the path toward the making of their seminal album with interviews, unseen footage and more.

Kings of Leon: Talihina Sky – The Story of Kings of Leon – This film got some extra publicity after KOL were forced to cancel the rest of their North American tour this year due to Caleb Followill’s rumored drinking problem. See what’s really going on with the band with this behind-the-scenes look.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – If you love him you probably saw this in the theater. If you hate him then you probably didn’t. Either way, this DVD might give you a new perspective of the young star.

James Taylor and Carole King: Troubadours – The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter: Take a trip back to the early 70’s with classic performances, interviews, and bonus footage from the troubadour/singer-songwriter era with a focus on two of the genre’s best.

Bruce Springsteen: The Promise – The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town – See never before seen footage of Bruce and the E Street Band making one of their most acclaimed albums in this documentary which captivated audiences at film festivals all over the world this year.

Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances – For the drummer in your life. This three DVD set takes you into Neil Peart’s life as he shows fans what it’s like on tour, and gives plenty of drumming tips along the way.

Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary – A three-DVD set that features unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who’ve performed at the beloved benefit concerts over the past 25 years. The list of legends on this goes on and on with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel and much more. A bonus documentary DVD includes “The Bridge School Story,” which gives a special look into this school and the services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges.

MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young – At this 2010 gala event in Los Angeles, a wide array of stars paid tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter and performer with inspired versions of some of his most memorable songs. A must have for a any Neil Young fan.

Taylor Swift: Journey To Fearless & Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour: Take a trip with Taylor on her 2010 world tour in “Journey to Fearless” and take in her most recent show with the another DVD, the “Speak Now World Tour”.

Other quick suggestions:

Rush: Time Machine 2011 – Live in Cleveland – For even more Neil Peart, grab this concert film from Rush’s most recent tour.

Glee: The Concert Movie – Give your Glee fan something to watch during the off season

Adele: Live At Royal Albert Hotel – Rumor has it that this girl puts on quite the performance.

Lady Gaga: The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden – For the little monster in your life. You may have caught this on HBO, now you can catch it anytime you want.

Cyndi Lauper: To Memphis With Love – See another side of Cyndi as she delves into the Blues with guest appearances by Allen Toussaint, Tracy Nelson and Jonny Lang

Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea – The old ballpark went out in style with the Piano Man and some special guests.

Bon Jovi: Live at Madison Square Garden – Filmed 19 years to the day after the band first performed at the historic arena, this captures the Jersey boys’ last show of their Lost Highway tour.

Phish: Live in Utica 2010 – You’ll be bouncing around the room with over three hours of music from last year’s show in upstate New York.

Extreme: Take Us Alive – Boston 2009 – A look back at the Boston-bred rockers return to home in ’09.

Peter Gabriel: New Blood – Live In London – Gabriel performs with the New Blood Orchestra doing selections from his covers album Scratch My Back and songs from his catalogue.

Eddie Vedder: Water On The Road – If you can’t get enough Eddie pick up this DVD as well and see him perform songs off his Ukulele Songs album, Pearl Jam favorites and other solo work.

Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas ’78 – Get a glimpse of one of the Stones’ most revered tours. The glitz and production of their later tours is nowhere in sight for this delightfully raw performance.

Beyonce Live at Roseland: Elements of 4 – Beyonce at her best, with a taste of Destiny’s Child thrown in for good measure.

Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour – If you couldn’t get tickets when it came around, here’s your chance to see the pop starlet’s latest tour.

Jeff Beck: Rock & Roll Party – Honoring Les Paul – One great guitarist honoring another, with help from Imelda May, Gary US Bonds, Brian Setzer and Trombone Shorty.

Emerson Lake & Palmer – 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert – See what came about when these classic progressive rockers got back together last year.

Usher: OMG Tour – Live From London – Yeah! See Mr. Raymond go big in the UK during his Spring tour.

AC/DC: Live at River Plate – This is probably going to look and sound the same as every other AC/DC show, which means it’ll be awesome.

Bad Company: Live at Wembley – The surviving members got together last year for this huge show in London.

Levon Helm Band: Ramble At the Ryman – The Band’s drummer took his Midnight Ramble to Nashville in ’08 and Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, and others joined in.

Wilie Nelson: Live at The US Festival – See Willie in top form during this early 80s show.

Nirvana: Live at the Paramount – Smells like a great gift. See the band on the verge on greatness in this outstanding concert film.

Allman Brothers Band: Live at the Beacon Theatre – A look at the band’s yearly residence at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Dixie Chicks: VH1 Storytellers – Hear their songs and the stories behind them in this edition of Storytellers.


Kevin McSheffrey contributed to this feature.


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