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Celebrated Prince's Trust Concert Videos Available For Purchase And Download On iTunes

9 June 2009

Celebrated Prince’s Trust Concert Videos Are Available For Purchase And Download On iTunes Store From June 9, 2009

Live performances by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Tina Turner will today (June 9, 2009) be released on the iTunes Store in aid of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

Music legends including Phil Collins, Elton John and Eric Clapton are featured in the videos, from Prince’s Trust rock galas throughout the 1980s.

Released by OVOW Communications and licensed from BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide’s clip licensing business, the videos include:

  • One of only six public performances of George Harrison since his concert tours with the Beatles, and the first time that Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr (all participants in the Beatles’ White Album) performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on stage.
  • Paul McCartney performing “Get Back” with Tina Turner in his first performance in over six years, which inspired McCartney to tour again: “I had never considered going back on tour until I got the royals rocking at The Prince’s Trust concert,” said McCartney. “I joined Tina Turner on stage …and the packed crowd went crazy …. I had missed playing live shows but I didn’t realize how much until I did The Prince’s Trust gig… That concert left me feeling so good.”
  • Eric Clapton and Tina Turner performing a duet of “Tearing Us Apart”, a pre-release of the hit song that would be featured on Clapton’s August album, released three months after this performance.
  • An all-star collaboration on “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”, with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Ray King, and others in what is considered by many critics as the best live performance of the song.
  • The Prince’s Trust concert of 1987, which included “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” This concert won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video

Julian Barrell, director of fundraising, The Prince’ Trust said: ”We’re delighted to share these legendary videos with people across the world. The money raised will help disadvantaged young people into jobs, which is more vital than ever during the economic downturn.”

“It is hard to over-estimate the significance of The Prince’s Trust concerts,” said Matthew White, co-owner, OVOW Communications. “While the list of artists is mythical and legendary, these are truly collaborative performances, full of joy and spontaneity. Nothing on this scale captures such intimacy. These are indeed essential artifacts of rock history.”

Simon Gibbs, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide said, ‘We’re extremely proud to represent the Prince’s Trust in this deal. These unique live music clips have such a timeless quality, everyone can remember at least one of these iconic performances and now fans can re-live them again and again through the iTunes store.’

The headliners read like a Legends Exhibit at the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, and many others, including a variety of artists who were just getting started at the time, such as Bryan Adams, Howard Jones, Paul Young, Rick Astley, Mark Knopfler and John Illsley of Dire Straits; Ultravox's Midge Ure; Level 42’s Mark King, and Rick Astley.

Seven performances from four distinct Prince’s Trust Rock Galas are now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Three performances are available worldwide: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1987), Get Back (1986), and Tearing Us Apart (1987). Four additional performances are available in all territories outside of the United States: Your Song (1986), Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (1987), You Can’t Hurry Love (1988), and Orangefield (1989).

Proceeds from these videos will help The Prince’s Trust support more disadvantaged young people into work.

NOTES TO EDITORS

THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES STORES WORLDWIDE

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
July 6, 1987
Wembley Arena, London
Running Time: 5:52
Featuring: George Harrison, Eric Clapton. Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Elton John, Jeff Lynne. Ray Cooper, Mike Kin
Written by George Harrison

GET BACK
June 20, 1986
Wembley Arena, London
Running Time: 4:01
Featuring: Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Midge Ure, Mark Knopfler, Ray Cooper, Howard Jones, Bryan Adams, Mark King, John Illsley, and Paul Young.
Written By: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

TEARING US APART
June 20,1986
Wembley Arena, London
Running Time: 6:04
Featuring: Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Mark Knopfler, Midge Ure, Elton John, and Ray Cooper.
Written By: Eric Clapton & Greg Phillinganes.

THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES STORES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

YOUR SONG
Featuring: Elton John
June 20, 1986
Wembley Arena, London
Running Time: 4:36
Written by Bernie Taupin & Elton John

SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING)
Featuring: Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins
July 6, 1987
Wembley Arena, London
Running Time: 5:16
Written by Bernie Taupin/Elton John

ORANGEFIELD
Featuring: Van Morrison
July 18, 1989
National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham
Running Time: 3:53
Written by: Van Morrison

YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE
Featuring: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Alan Clark, Ray Cooper, Nahan East, Steve Ferrone, Elton John, Mark Knopfler
June 5, 1988
Royal Albert Hall, London
Running Time: 4:21
Written by: Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr.

ABOUT DIGITAL VIDEO SINGLES (DVS)
OVOW Communications, Inc. has created a new label, Digital Video Singles (DVS), to release significant film and video performances from the archives of music history. Working directly with the original artists, each Digital Video Single is mastered from the original film and video elements and is made available to music fans in special collector’s editions. Digital Video Singles feature live performances of iconic artists and songs that were performed at the time of the song’s release, and are focused on the pre-MTV era (1955 to 1981). Digital Video Singles include historical performances from the archives of rock and roll, country music, and rhythm & blues. More information at www.digitalvideosingles.com

ABOUT PRINCE’S TRUST
 - Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 14- to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. 
 - The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people The Trust helped last year moved into work, education or training. 
 - Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

For further information please contact
Prince’s Trust Press Office
Tel: 020 7543 1318; Mob: 07841 877181; annabel.kirk@princes-trust.org.uk

ABOUT BBC MOTION GALLERY
BBC Motion Gallery, a business within BBC Worldwide, offers media professionals access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide. With more than 500,000 hours of footage, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, sport, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, historic events and more. BBC Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, and has global distribution deals with NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and CCTV, China’s national television station. BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo.

ABOUT OVOW COMMUNICATIONS
OVOW Communications is a Canadian-based company with offices in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The company specializes in the production and distribution of visual programming based on the film & video archives of music history. The company is managed by producer Stuart Samuels, music clearance specialist Bruce Higham, and film & video archivist Matthew White. In addition to the distribution of Digital Video Singles, the company produces feature films, television programs, and digital media content.

For More Information, Contact:
Matthew White (US)
+1 202-297-9028
matt@matthewwhite.org

Bruce Higham (UK)
WWW.DIGITALVIDEOSINGLES.COM
+44 1934-712574
bruhigham@aol.com