Monday, January 13, 2020

Sights and Sounds: 'Mystify Michael Hutchence', YOSHIKI, Pearl Jam

This has already been a pretty big week for music news and the NAMM Show doesn't even arrive until this Thursday!

Available on Digital and On Demand on January 21, 2020

MARCH 31, 2020

Documentary Feature by Director and 
Friend of Hutchence’s, Richard Lowenstein, 
Takes an In-Depth Look Into 
The Fascinating Life And Tragic Death Of The Lead Singer of INXS

The fascinating new documentary Mystify Michael Hutchence comes to digital and on demand platforms on January 21, and to Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31, 2020, available for preorder now from and The film takes an in-depth look into the life and tragic death of the lead singer of INXS. Extensive special features are included with the Blu-ray™ and DVD releases, providing over an hour of additional scenes not in the feature film.

Written and directed by Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space, Say a Little Prayer, and He Died With A Felafel In His Hand), who was a close friend of the artist, Mystify Michael Hutchence is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman. 

Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim. But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop. 

A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces moving forward and he has little defense against the onslaught of tabloid press that descends upon his world. Amidst the encroaching darkness, Michael’s new-born daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.

Mystify Michael Hutchence (2020) - Official Trailer (HD) –

Mystify Michael Hutchence Special Features
·        “Early Days” – Michael and INXS on the band’s formation
·        “Acting” – Michael on growing up among on film sets of Hong Kong and his own film experiences
·        “Prague” – Michael reflects on filming videos in the city
·        “And Now Max Q” – Michael and Ollie Olsen on the band Max Q, with never-before-seen outtakes of Michael singing “Sometimes”
·        “Way Of The World Max Q” – Michael on America with a restoration of Max Q’s music video, “Way Of The World”
·        “How To Make A Music Video” – Michael on working with Richard Lowenstein
·        “Motorcycle Baby” – Michael’s love of motorcycles, with the music video “Motorcycle Baby”
·        “A Fish Commercial” – Michael on the use of INXS music in commercials
·        “All The Lies You Find” – Michael philosophizes and reflects
·        “Final Days” – those closest to Michael on the days leading up to his death
·        “Stuck In A Moment” – Professor Steve Ellen provides a clinical insight
·        “Absolutely No Way” – Producer Chris Thomas recounts the night he learned of Michael’s death
·        Theatrical Trailer

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit


YOSHIKI – internationally renowned, composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer and leader of the rock group X JAPAN – has donated $100,000 -- $50,000 to the Australian Red Cross to aid victims of the Australian wildfires and $50,000 to the Rainforest Trust’s Conservation Action Fund – to two of the world’s most urgent environmental issues through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
“Conservation and sustainability are two of my primary concerns,” said YOSHIKI. “No matter what country you are from, we are all one planet. This is an issue that concerns everyone, and I hope more people will join this cause.” 
YOSHIKI attended the Golden Globes this year and was moved by the outpouring of support he saw at the event. In addition, his filmmaker friend James Gunn’s support inspired him to expand the Yoshiki Foundation’s mission to environmental causes. Yoshiki has been supporting disaster relief and music education for children over the years.
About Yoshiki Foundation America:
Through Yoshiki Foundation America, YOSHIKI has supported multiple humanitarian causes across the globe, and was named one of Forbes Asia’s 30 Heroes of Philanthropy in 2019.
In 2019, YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance to combat Amazon forest fires, 10 million yen to support victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation Fire, $90,000 to disaster relief for forest fires in South Korea, 10 million yen to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon Faxai, and 10 million yen to aid Typhoon Hagibis Victims in Eastern Japan, and $150,000 to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
In 2018, YOSHIKI donated 10 million yen in 2018 for heavy rain disaster in western Japan and 10 million yen the same year to victims of the Eastern Iburi earthquake. In 2017, YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas through the Recording Academy’s MusiCares® Foundation.
In 2016, YOSHIKI donated 10 million yen to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes. In 2015, his band X JAPAN donated 28 million yen to the earthquake reconstruction of Ishinomaki. In addition, YOSHIKI has also contributed to numerous other charities since creating his foundation in 2010.
YOSHIKI’s ongoing charity work includes supporting the Japanese Red Cross, the Make A Wish Foundation, the Grammy Foundation, and multiple other organizations including the Pablove Foundation which supports children with childhood cancer.
For more information, visit:
YOSHIKI Official Website:
About Rainforest Trust:
Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement our important conservation action. Learn more about our work by visiting
About Australian Red Cross:
Relief in times of crisis, care when it's needed most and commitment when others turn away. Red Cross is there for people in need, no matter who you are, no matter where you live.
We help tens of millions of people around the world each year and care for local communities in Australia and Asia Pacific.

Pearl Jam North American Spring Tour Dates 
'Fabulous' Forum on April 15 & 16
Ten Club ticket presale and Ticketmaster Verified Fan® entry start today, 
Public tickets on sale Friday, January 24
New Pearl Jam Album, Gigaton, Available Friday, March 27
Pre-order now at
Gigaton Cover Artwork
Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY award-winning Lightning Bolt, which was released on October 15, 2013.
In support of Gigaton, Pearl Jam will embark on their first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks-off on March 18 in Toronto, hits the "Fabulous" Forum on April 15 & 16, and wraps with a two-date stint in Oakland April 18-19. Full tour dates follow.
Gigaton is available for pre-order now at The first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, will be released in the coming weeks.
“Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times." 
Gigaton’s cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo “Ice Waterfall.” Taken in Svalbard, Norway, this image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater.
Pearl Jam's North American tour is in addition to the band's previously announced European summer tour. Full details at:            
Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates
March 18
Toronto, ON
Scotiabank Arena
March 20
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre
March 22
Quebec City, QC
Videotron Centre
March 24
Hamilton, ON
FirstOntario Centre
March 28
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena
March 30
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
April 2
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
April 4
St. Louis, MO
Enterprise Center
April 6
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 9
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
April 11
Phoenix, AZ
Gila River Arena
April 13
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
April 15 & 16
Inglewood, CA
April 18 & 19
Oakland, CA
Oakland Arena
Ticket On Sale Information                                                            
Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale. More details on all of those points of sale follow. To give fans the best chance to buy tickets at face value for this tour, Pearl Jam has decided that tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable, except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law.
For fans who are unable to use their tickets, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster will offer North America’s first Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange, which will allow fans to resell their tickets for the price they paid (including all fees). The Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange will launch on February 18, 2020. There will be no additional fees charged to Exchange users for buying or selling tickets on the Exchange.
1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale                   to buy tickets.
General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Pearl Jam has partnered with Ticketmaster to create a safe, reliable, ticket-buying experience and ensure tickets get directly to fans for all of these concert dates.
A simple registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code that will allow them to shop for tickets.
Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins today and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT. To register, please visit:
The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.                                               
2. Ten Club Ticket Presale                                                              
A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at
3. Public Ticket Sale                                                            
A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on
NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).
SafeTix Ticket Transferability Information
SafeTix mobile tickets will be issued for all tickets for all shows. These tickets will be non-transferable, (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law), which means that ticket purchasers will be required to enter the venue with their guests. SafeTix tickets use a unique barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds so they cannot be counterfeited. SafeTix tickets require a smartphone to display. No other tickets will be accepted for entry.                      
Fan-to-Fan Ticket Exchange
Ticketmaster Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange is an artist-driven resale marketplace built just for fans. It keeps tickets in the hands of fans at prices set by the artist. Whether you buy a primary ticket or a fan-to-fan ticket, if you can’t attend the show, you can simply list your ticket for sale on the Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange for another fan to purchase. Fan-to-Fan sales will also be fulfilled as SafeTix non-transferable tickets.
About Pearl Jam
2020 officially marks 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live. Eleven studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful -- with over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
About Paul Nicklen
Paul Nicklen lives a life of art, purpose and adventure, combining a career as an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine and founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is an acclaimed polar specialist, speaker, author, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine with 20 completed stories to date.
About the Forum
The award-winning "Fabulous" Forum, located in Inglewood, CA, is the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment, in addition to select sporting events. The interior of the bowl features flexible seating that ranges from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of premier events. Fans at the Forum enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings, including merchandise, along with food and beverage options from some of SoCal’s most celebrated brands. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. A 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounds the perimeter of the building and offers food and beverage options, as well as comfortable furnishings, to further elevate guests’ enjoyment. The Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for all thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with entertainers and performers in mind, the venue includes nine, star-caliber dressing rooms that provide unparalleled comfort. The Forum is part of The Madison Square Garden Company’s portfolio of iconic venues, which also includes: New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Hulu Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, the Chicago Theatre, and the Beacon Theatre.  For more information, please visit

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