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Video Games Live puts the music centre stage

"Video game music is not bleeps and bloops anymore"

If you happen be in LA on July 6th then book your tickets for what could well be an amazing event at the Hollywood Bowl. In the largest happening of its kind, two celebrated video-game composers will join a full orchestra and choir to put on a revue of some of the greatest gaming tunes of all time.

Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Earthworm Jim) and Jack Wall (Jade Empire, Myst III: Exile, Splinter Cell) have signed a deal with the devil (Clear Channel) [Steady! – Ed] to take their video-game music extravaganza on a US national tour, with the LA show being the first stop. The musicians and composers will be joined by a medley of video footage, laser lights, live action and other assorted bells and whistles, all working together to put the music at centre stage.

Some of the greatest game franchises and music ever created are being showcased including Mario, Zelda, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Warcraft, Myst, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Medal of Honor, Sonic, Tron, Tomb Raider, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, EverQuest II and even a classic arcade game medley featuring games from Pong to Donkey Kong. World class orchestras accompanied by a choir and selected soloists will perform against a backdrop of state-of-the-art video and laser sequences, which are being specially designed for each of the game vignettes with some segments adding live characters on stage.

"Video game music is not bleeps and bloops anymore. People are absolutely shocked when they hear this music," gushed Jack Wall, co-creator of Video Games Live and noted game music composer. "This music represents a true art form. The success of this tour will demonstrate to the world that video game music can command the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike."

"Fans of video games are going to be amazed at what we have in store for them. Never before has the music of video games been presented on this scale. Live entertainment is about to evolve," said Tommy Tallarico, co-creator of Video Games Live and game music composer. "Video games have become one of the most thrilling and electrifying forms of entertainment in the 21st century. We intend to capture that same excitement level to help create the ultimate celebration of video games for everyone to enjoy."

As well as all the lights, footage and the incredible sounds that a full orchestra and choir belting out the theme tune to Halo, there will be an opportunity during the show for the crowd to get interactive. A couple of audience members will be plucked out of the assembled throng, plonked on stage and have a game controller thrust into their hands. As they play the game out on a massive screen the musicians will play the music along with them, live.

Following the Hollywood Bowl launch, where the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform while lasers light up the Southern California night sky, Video Games Live will travel to such celebrated venues as Red Rocks in Denver, CO, Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA and Tweeter Center in Boston, MA, among others. I can only hope that the tour is a smashing success and that it makes its way over to Europe for next summer. And that they invite the Bubble Bobble choir along while they are at it.

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