"Peter Allen" Video Collection #1
- 1. At his very best, Peter was simply marvelous! And this particular special from 1983
- is exceptional in every sense of the word! Appearing at Radio City Music Hall, Peter treats
- us to so many of the songs that made up his "incredible career." Among his selections:
- "Don't wish too hard" "Fly away" "One step over the borderline" "Tenterfield Saddler"
- "Bi-Coastal" "You and Me" "Paris at 21" "I could really show you around"
- "Hit in the heart" "Everything Old is New Again" "Quiet Please" and "Don't cry out loud"
- The one thing that I noticed about this wonderful special is how the "sound" fills
- the famous arena, often giving the songs a decidedly different feel. Not to mention
- that this is a situation far removed from the studio, and so the arrangements
- are left up to Peter's ability to "play the music" which adds a certain depth to
- the songs, as well. It's also very interesting listening to him talk about some
- of his songs, and the stories behind them. I have to say, I couldn't help but
- smile watching him dance around the stage, bouncing from place to place, or
- laying on top of the piano. He truly knew the meaning of "showmanship!"
- It's hard not to be inspired by his spectacular performance! You'll especially
- enjoy his "fancy foot work" when he joins "The Rockettes" for a dazzling
- "showstopping" number! Rarely seen today.
- As if that wasn't enough, after the intermission he returns atop a camel!
- For a spectacular finale' of "I go to Rio!"
- 2. "Entertainment Tonight" caught up with the talented superstar, as he brought his
- spectacular blend of showmanship to Los Angeles.
- 3. With a lovely backdrop behind him, Peter performs a wonderful rendition
- of his classic "Everything Old is New Again" on the program, "Live and In Person."
- As the number draws to a close, "The Rockettes" join him on stage, for
- a wonderful finale.' I'm still amazed by his fancy footwork,
- and I know you will be too!
- 4. Appearing on "The Today Show" Peter is simply wonderful! It's always a pleasure listening
- to him, as he talks about his life and career. Starting out with "Arthur's Theme" he mentions
- the inspiration for the song, and how it came about, and the success that followed. After they
- show a minute or two of him performing the hit song, he goes on to mention working with
- "The Rockettes" and how he wanted his latest show to concentrate on just the music.
- 5. This next moment is another one of those "unknown" segments, from some show, which starts
- out with the description: "The Making Of . . . Peter Allen." As they tour his dressing room backstage
- at Carnegie Hall, they flip to the past, and present an interesting profile of the talented star, complete
- with photos of him growing up in Australia, then as a young adult, along with concert footage from
- Radio City Music Hall. Afterwards, they present an "upclose" interview with him, that finds
- him looking sensational. Intermixed throughout the interview, they show him performing on
- stage, and then later at the "Closing Night Party" which finds him singing Aretha Franklin's
- "Respect" and another song "Just a little bit." Even though both of these are really short,
- it's nice to see him having such a wonderful time!
- 6. When the video for "I go to Rio" premiered, they intermixed "live" concert footage
- from the Carnegie Hall performance, with a bit of animation, which was kind of different.
- As always, it's a treat watching him perform.
- 7. This particular musical performance from the "Noel Edmonds" show is simply
- outstanding! Peter looks absolutely fantastic! Full of energy! And it shows in the
- way he "moves" during an exceptional "medley" of "You haven't heard the last of me"
- and "Fade to black." Which fit so well together! I can't say enough about this particular
- performance! He is such a seasoned entertainer! Truly fantastic!
- 8. Appearing on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, Peter simply shines! During this wonderful
- moment, you'll see a certain sparkle in his eyes, only matched by his delightful personality.
- After a short medley of some of his greatest hits "I honestly love you" "Don't cry out loud"
- and "Arthur's Theme" Peter talks about his life and career. I think you'll find his thoughts
- on being "famous" quite interesting, because it shows another side to him, that we rarely
- see. As he talks about Liza Minnelli, he mentions how difficult it was telling her that her
- mother had just passed away. Which then allows him to sing a few bars of "Quiet Please
- There's a Lady on Stage" that was originally written about Judy Garland. When talking
- about his current project, "Legs Diamond" he's kind of "put on the spot" when Sally
- asks him to sing a few bars from one of the songs, in the show. Not that he didn't want
- to, but rather the "clearance" issue of performing one of them on television. Afterwards
- they continue to talk about many things. In closing the show, he sings "Everything
9. Lending his support for Aids Awareness, Peter performs a shortened version of
"Love don't need a reason." Which is really nice.
- 10. While attending "A show of concern . . . the heart of America responses"
- Peter is shown performing, very briefly, during this moment from "Entertainment Tonight."
- "Peter Allen" Video Collection #2
- 1. Appearing at the "The Australian Royal Bicentennial Concert" Peter
- takes center stage, singing his time honored classic "Everything Old is New Again."
- Set in the roaring 20's, the musical number takes on a entirely different meaning,
- complete with fancy footwork, on both Peter's part, and the guests on stage with
- him. As always, his performance is flawless. Slowing things down a bit, he performs
- a new selection, written in honor of Australia's Bicentennial.
- 2. "Live" via satellite from Reno Nevada, Peter honors the official "Bicentennial of Australia"
- with the selection that he performed earlier.
- 3. During this wonderful interview from the set of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee"
- the conversation is mainly centered around Peter's upcoming Broadway opening of
- "Legs Diamond." As he talks about the show, it's quite interesting hearing about all
- things he has endured, just to bring this very special project to life. Performing one
- of the songs from the show, "Don't say it's over" Peter is clearly quite excited about
- 4. Looking and sounding better than ever, Peter stops by the "Pat Sajak" show
- for a delightful moment. Stepping to the stage, he performs a rousing version
- of "I'll see you in the springtime." Which has never been presented on television
- before. ANOTHER CLASSIC! Currently, he is on tour with Bernadette Peters, and
- so he talks about what it's like working with her, and what the audience can expect
- from "their" show together. As he visits with Pat, the conversation turns to his
- legendary run at Radio City Music Hall. After the break, he returns to the stage
- to perform another wonderful selection: "Making every moment count."
- Which is simply marvelous!
- 5. With all of the excitement and energy that normally surrounds Peter, this very
- special segment of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" presents the "other side"
- of the talented performer. After a brief tour of his Manhattan apartment, Peter
- settles in for an exceptional interview, which finds him talking about many things.
- Throughout this wonderful moment, they also show him in "rehearsal" for "Legs
- Diamond" along with several other moments, enjoying his life in New York City.
- 6. If the previous moment, with it's relaxed setting, seemed to present Peter
- in a night and interesting light, this next interview from "One on One" really
- allows him the opportunity to share his thoughts with us, even more. After a
- brief overview of his incredible career, he talks about many things in great detail:
- his marriage to Liza, his incredible musical talent, his early childhood, and writing
- the theme from "Arthur." Very insightful interview!
- 7. The Bravo Channel profiled the talented superstar, by presenting the hour long
- retrospective "The Boy From Oz." During this wonderful special we are treated to so
- many images of Peter, as they present moments from his early childhood, all the way
- through to the present, even to the very end. Throughout the program many of his
- friends talk fondly of him: Lilly Tomlin, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Julie Wilson,
- and many others. It's an interesting journey, and this particular program is
- exceptional, in every sense of the word!
- While looking through my collection, I happened to stumble across "two" additional
- appearances that I had completely missed! And they are EXCEPTIONAL!
- 8. Descending from the heavens! Peter graces the stage, for the second annual
- "Night of a 100 Stars!" Singing the "Theme from Arthur / The best that you can do"
- he sets the stage for a wonderful tribute to "New York City." As always, he looks
- sensational! Truly a wonderful moment, that definite deserved to be included!
- 9. With the release of his new album, "Not the boy next door" Peter stops by
- the set of "The Tonight Show" for an EXCEPTIONAL appearance! Seated at the piano,
- Peter graces us with his incredible talent, as he performs a "splendid" version of the
- the song, "Just another make out song." Taking the microphone in hand, Peter steps
- to the center of the stage, mid-way through, letting the emotion of the song, come
- through. As he dances, he completely captivates your attention. Later, as he visits
- with Johnny, they talk about many things! Mr. Carson always knew how to treat his
- guests! The interview is uplifting, funny, and heart warming. As the show, draws to
- a close Peter returns to the piano and sings a stirring version of the song he wrote
- for Ann Margaret, "Once before I go." Which is "very touching!" It's almost as if
- he is giving us this moment, to remember him by . . . "once more, before I go."
- for taking the time to read through these rather lengthy descriptions!
- I know it seems rather "incredible" to believe!
- All these moments from the past.
- Moments that you might have missed recording.
- And those that you have only heard about!
- Throughout the years, I've shared many of these clips from my collection
- with my friends, and they have always been amazed by all the appearances
- that I managed to record. To ensure the highest quality possible, I use a
- "dual deck" when I'm sharing any of these moments from my collection.
- I can transfer these moments onto video tape or DVD.
- I look forward to hearing from you!