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EELS ROYAL ALBERT HALL Filmed and recorded live June 30th, 2015 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
Filmed and recorded live June 30th, 2014 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England.

Release date: April 14, 2015
E Works/PIAS

NOW AVAILABLE HERE


EELS ROYAL ALBERT HALL

"…a truly cinematic piece of work."
- Stereogum

"Quietly thrilling"
- MOJO

"It's funny, it's sad, and it works beautifully, on both CD and DVD"
9/10
- Magnet

"The band at their melancholy best…One of popular music's minor-key geniuses."
4 stars
- Q Magazine

"The genre has few more adroit practitioners."
8/10
- Uncut

"This wonderful little box set presents the show on DVD and CD and proves what an enduring and inventive artist E is."
4.5 stars
- The Sun

"A richly rewarding, comforting, and quietly triumphant celebration from one of America's finest underdog songwriters."
8/10
- PopMatters

"Royal Albert Hall is bursting at the seams with superb reinterpretations of some real classics."
8/10
- Drowned In Sound

"A monumental performance"
- Fuse

"The best-case scenario for a live album: interesting tour, landmark location and a lavish production that's worth preserving."
- Salon

"28 songs that show EELS to be true treasures of modern rock"
- Inlander

"Never once does it seem Everett is playing for anyone but himself, avoiding potential cliche throughout."
- Record Collector




EELS IN A NUTSHELL:
EELS have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, EELS have released 10 studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. Mojo Magazine calls Everett "a member of rock's very own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," while legendary troubadour Tom Waits says he "eagerly awaits each new release." In 2008 Everett published his highly-acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and starred in the award-winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary about the search to understand his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III. In 2009 EELS began the release of an album trilogy: Hombre Lobo, End Times, and Tomorrow Morning, followed three years later by 2013's Wonderful, Glorious and the critically-acclaimed The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett in 2014.
In May 2014 EELS embarked on an ambitious fifty-three show world tour. Starting in Phoenix, Arizona and crossing The United States and Canada before rolling through mainland Europe and Great Britain, the band performed spine-tingling shows at New York's Apollo, Chicago's Vic Theater, Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater, The Montreux Jazz Festival and The Amsterdam Concert Hall among many others. On the night of June 30th EELS returned to London's legendary Royal Albert Hall for the first time in nine years to play a stunning show that was filmed and recorded.

In sharp contrast to the previous EELS tour that found the band in track suits playing high octane electric rock & roll, this EELS show was "a gentlemen's EELS concert," as EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, puts it. Filmed by nine cameras in the gorgeously-lit Royal Albert Hall, the new film and album find the EELS dapperly dressed in suits and ties, and all five band members stretching their musical capabilities past new boundaries, playing songs from 2014's critically-acclaimed THE CAUTIONARY TALES OF MARK OLIVER EVERETT for the first time along with songs spanning the EELS' 19 year career. When they played Royal Albert Hall in 2005 they were accompanied by a string section. This time there are only the five core members of the band on stage throughout the concert, splitting their time between guitar, piano, pedal steel guitar, trumpet, upright and bowed bass, melodica, vibraphone, timpani, drums, concert chimes and glockenspiel. And the results are stunning.

The film features the band backstage preparing for the big night and captures the entire show from start to finish, as it happened, including Everett kissing the spot where John Lennon once stood on the stage, making his way to hug fans all the way around Albert Hall's massive floor, returning for several encores, as well as a surprise "phantom" encore where Everett's dream of playing the massive Albert Hall pipe organ for some spooky EELS classics finally comes true.

Perhaps as a result of this fantastic show, EELS were quickly invited back for a second 2014 London show and Everett, once heavily-bearded and mistakenly suspected by London police to be a terrorist (while taking a break from press interviews in Hyde Park), was made an honorary citizen of London in a ceremony granting him Freedom of the City.


EELS * ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Performed by E, The Chet, Royal Al, P-Boo and Knuckles
Directed by Charlie Lightening
CONCERT FILM DVD
SHOW
01 WHERE I'M AT
02 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
03 THE MORNING
04 PARALLELS
05 ADDRESSING THE ROYAL AUDIENCE
06 MANSIONS OF LOS FELIZ
07 MY TIMING IS OFF
08 A LINE IN THE DIRT
09 WHERE I'M FROM
10 IT'S A MOTHERFUCKER
11 LOCKDOWN HURRICANE
12 A DAISY THROUGH CONCRETE
13 INTRODUCING THE BAND
14 GRACE KELLY BLUES
15 FRESH FEELING
16 I LIKE BIRDS
17 MY BELOVED MONSTER
18 GENTLEMEN'S CHOICE
19 MISTAKES OF MY YOUTH/WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS
20 WHERE I'M GOING

ENCORE 1
21 I LIKE THE WAY THIS IS GOING
22 BLINKING LIGHTS (FOR ME)
23 LAST STOP: THIS TOWN

ENCORE 2
24 THE BEGINNING
25 CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
26 TURN ON YOUR RADIO

PHANTOM ENCORE
27 FLYSWATTER
28 THE SOUND OF FEAR
LIVE ALBUM CDs
DISC ONE
SHOW PART 1
01 WHERE I'M AT
02 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
03 THE MORNING
04 PARALLELS
05 ADDRESSING THE ROYAL AUDIENCE
06 MANSIONS OF LOS FELIZ
07 MY TIMING IS OFF
08 A LINE IN THE DIRT
09 WHERE I'M FROM
10 IT'S A MOTHERFUCKER
11 LOCKDOWN HURRICANE
12 A DAISY THROUGH CONCRETE
13 INTRODUCING THE BAND
14 GRACE KELLY BLUES
15 FRESH FEELING

DISC TWO
SHOW PART 2
01 I LIKE BIRDS
02 MY BELOVED MONSTER
03 GENTLEMEN'S CHOICE
04 MISTAKES OF MY YOUTH/WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS
05 WHERE I'M GOING

ENCORE 1
06 I LIKE THE WAY THIS IS GOING
07 BLINKING LIGHTS (FOR ME)
08 LAST STOP: THIS TOWN

ENCORE 2
09 THE BEGINNING
10 CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
11 TURN ON YOUR RADIO

PHANTOM ENCORE
12 FLYSWATTER
13 THE SOUND OF FEAR


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