The Hooters announce the release of three new music videos recorded as companion pieces to Both Sides Live, the recently-released 2-CD set showcasing the bands diverse talents: LIVE and ACOUSTIC.
Three new videos supporting the release of Both Sides Live are now available for viewing online. The videos were produced with the generous assistance of Hohner Musical Instruments. For many years Hohner has been cooperating with professional artists to improve quality and sound and create new products that enable the artist to express their passion for virtuosic music.
The videos include a live acoustic duo performance of All You Zombies, an Electronic Press Kit (EPK), an album trailer, and a 22-minute Hohner interview with Rob and Eric.
Both Sides Live has now been released throughout Europe with European distribution by Neo.
Both Sides Live boasts the dense, musically adventurous sound that has made The Hooters a staple of the east-coast rock scene. The Hooters create a style of music that can withstand the passage of time and maintains its relevancy through the sheer simplicity of superior craftsmanship. In addition to newly penned material, Both Sides Live offers inspired live performances of The Hooters best known songs including break-through tracks, ‘And We Danced’, ‘The Boys of Summer’, ‘All You Zombies’ and ‘I’m Alive.’
“Recording these shows was a labor of love, as they say,” comments Eric Bazilian, “We loved doing both sets, showcasing all of the many layers of the Hooters and really, both experiences were so different. The acoustic set was such an intimate experience with the fans, very emotional and the electric set was just so much fun. I think fans are going to love both CDs played right next to each other!”
“Our friend, violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, came down to play with us and it just added another dimension to what we were trying to accomplish with the shows. The Hooters have always been about great songwriting, great live performances and lots of surprises and Both Sides Live delivers on all fronts.” Adds Rob Hyman.
About The Hooters:
Origin of a name: The distinctive sound that plays throughout is the Melodica, a combination keyboard/harmonica instrument the band called a "Hooter".
The Hooters celebrate a rich musical history:
The Hooters released five studio albums between 1983 and 1993, a live album in 1994, and retrospective collections in 1996 and 2001. In addition, numerous other collections of live recordings and bootlegs were released in the U.S. and Europe. Their first studio album in 14 years ‘Time Stand Still’ was released in 2008 to critical and popular acclaim. Both Sides Live is set for a July 21, 2009 US release date.
Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene, The Hooters can lay claim to a deep and varied musical career including a string of hits, legions of fans, countless high-profile live performances and a list of songwriting collaborations that reads like a who’s-who of rock royalty.
Rolling Stone magazine has recognized the Hooters as the "Best New Band of the Year" 1985, and David Fricke said, "The Hooters have made airwave magic with unconventional ingredients".
In addition to their work with The Hooters, founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian have written and produced songs for many artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin, Dar Williams and Jon Bon Jovi to name a few.
Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper co-wrote her hit song "Time After Time" which received the 1984 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. Eric Bazilian’s masterfully penned "One Of Us", written specifically for Joan Osborne, received the 1996 Grammy nomination for Song Of the Year. In the year 2000, the Hooters were honored to have Ricky Martin cover the English version of "Private Emotion" on his Grammy nominated debut CD.
The Hooters Are:
Eric Bazilian: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Recorder, Harmonica, Banjo
Rob Hyman: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Accordian, Melodica, MC
John Lilley: Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro
Fran Smith, Jr.: Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Uosikkinen: Drums, Percussion
Guest Artist on Secret Sessions: Anne Marie Calhoun: Violin, Backing Vocals