AEG Network LIVE, in cooperation with the American Forces Network and many committed artists, managers and labels across the music industry, will present a special New Year's Eve block of programming for the men and women of the Armed Forces serving worldwide. As a show of gratitude for service members' selfless dedication and bravery, three concert films featuring Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion will be broadcast on December 31, 2007 starting at 9:00pm Iraq local time. Capturing the superstars in recently recorded live performances, this spectacular entertainment event will send some much-needed holiday cheer to the troops.
Participating programs include:
· 9:00 PM** Celine Dion - "A New Day" - The show has closed its unprecedented five year run in Las Vegas but her amazing performance which premiered in cinemas this December will delight the troops again in this special New Year's Special;
· 11:00 PM** Music World Entertainment's "New Year's Salute to the Troops" - a special three hour program featuring The Beyoncé Experience LIVE which premiered in cinemas this November, plus special performances by Jay Z, Destiny's Child Reunion, Lyfe Jennings, Kelly Rowland, Sunshine Anderson, Michelle Williams, T57, Trent Willmon, Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry;
· 2:00 AM** Garth Brooks - "One Artist, One City, One Time" - the spectacular live performance beamed to cinemas across the US and Canada this November;
**Local time in Iraq (UTC +3).
"For our troops who give so much all year round, this is our chance to thank them the best way we know how, by providing them some of this year's finest entertainment," said John Rubey, President of AEG Network LIVE.
"On behalf of our service members stationed around the world, AFN would like to thank AEG and all the artists involved for providing this fantastic seasonal morale-boost," said Larry Marotta, Chief Television Division, AFN. "Our troops will truly be delighted with this star-studded entertainment."
About American Forces Network
American Forces Network (or AFN) is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its entertainment and command internal information networks worldwide. The AFN is part of the Department of Defense, and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The AFRTS mission is to communicate Department of Defense policies, priorities, programs, goals and initiatives. The AFRTS vision is to provide multi-channel broadcast quality radio and television services and expanded internal information products to all DoD members and their families stationed overseas, on contingency operations, and onboard Navy ships around the world. AFRTS uses seven satellites along with digital compression technology to provide multiple television and stereo audio services to over 1,000 outlets in more than 175 countries and U.S. territories, and on board U.S. Navy ships. Its approximate viewership is 1 million. Visit www.myafn.net for more information.
About AEG Network LIVE-AEG Live
AEG Network LIVE is the division of AEG LIVE responsible for creating, marketing and distributing digital programming on broadband, cinema, wireless, television, DVD and other platforms worldwide. AEG Network LIVE has completed successful tour & CD launch campaigns for AEG Live clients including Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart & Prince. Recently AEG Network LIVE worked with Garth Brooks on the release of a live cinema performance from the Sprint Center in KCMO to support the new Ultimate Hits CD release, with Celine Dion on the cinema premier of the A New Day DVD and with Linkin Park on the release of the Minutes to Midnight CD release which resulted in record CD and digital download sales.
AEG Live is the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles based AEG is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. One of the largest concert promotion and touring companies in the world, AEG Live is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, and operates and owns numerous state of the art venues nationwide. Current AEG Live tours and productions include Celine Dion 2008 Taking Chances Tour, Bon Jovi 2008 Tour and Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, an international tour of the artifacts of King Tut. Recent and current promoted concert tours include Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Bon Jovi, Usher, Nickelback, Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney. AEG Live also co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Goldenvoice, the companys southern California-based regional promotion division, created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The performances being distributed live by Garth Brooks & AEG Network LIVE for digital cinema and other outlets.