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Tom Petty + Heart Among Over 100 Vintage Live Performances on New 11-DVD ‘The Midnight Special’ Box Set

AC/DC, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and Sammy Hagar are among the many rock, soul and pop artists whose archived live performances from the legendary ‘The Midnight Special’ television program will be included on a new 11-DVD box set from StarVista Entertainment and Time Life.

Due Sept. 8, the upcoming DVD release of ‘The Midnight Special’ will feature more than 130 live performances along with five hours of bonus features and a 32-page collector’s book. Other featured artists included in the upcoming set include Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and Heart.

The brainchild of television producer Burt Sugarman, ‘The Midnight Special’ was a veritable late-night variety show. Airing immediately after ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ on Friday evenings, ‘The Midnight Special’ offered viewers live musical performances from the likes of GenesisTed Nugent and Roy Orbison as well as previously recorded segments.

The show’s pilot originally aired on Aug. 19, 1972 as a 90-minute special whose purpose was to encourage young people to vote in the Presidential elections to be held later that year. six months later, in Feb. 1973, ‘The Midnight Special’ made its premiere as a weekly show.

Besides the parade of awesome live performances, one thing that helped make the show unique was the fact that for the bulk of the time it was on the air, it featured a different guest host each week. The only exception to this was an eight-month period from mid-1975 through March 1976 when Helen Reddy served as the show’s full-time host. ‘The Midnight Special’ aired until 1981, leaving behind a one-of-a-kind collection of live performances from some of the biggest names in rock history. As former guest performer Alice Cooper explains quite simply in the above trailer, ‘It’s a soundtrack for your life.’

You can pre-order ‘The Midnight Special’ box set here.

Midnight Special Box Set
StarVista Entertainment / Time Life

‘The Midnight Special’ Box Set Tracklist:

AC/DC, ‘Sin City’
Aerosmith, ’The Train Kept a Rollin’’
Albert Hammond, ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’
Alice Cooper, ‘Eighteen’ / ‘Only Women Bleed’ / ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ (Medley)
America, ‘Sister Golden Hair’
Andrew Gold, ‘Lonely Boy’
Aretha Franklin, ‘Something He Can Feel’
Aretha Franklin/Ray Charles, ‘Takes Two to Tango’
Argent, ‘Hold Your Head Up’
Barry Manilow, ‘Mandy’
Barry White, ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe’
Bay City Rollers, ‘Saturday Night’
Bee Gees, ‘Lonely Days’
Billy Paul, ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’
Billy Preston, ‘Will It Go Round in Circles’
Blondie, ‘Heart of Glass’
Bonnie Tyler, ‘It’s a Heartache’
Bread, ‘Make It with You’
Carlos Santana / George Benson, ‘Breezin’’
Charlie Daniels, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’
Charlie Rich, ‘Behind Closed Doors’
Chic, ‘Good Times’
Christopher Cross, ‘Sailing (#1)’
Chuck Mangione, ‘Feels So Good’
Crystal Gayle, ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’
Curtis Mayfield, ‘Superfly’
Daryl Hall & John Oates, ‘She’s Gone’ / ‘Sara Smile’ / ‘Rich Girl’ (Medley)
Dobie Gray, ‘Drift Away’
Dolly Parton, ‘Jolene’
Donna Summer, ‘Love to Love You Baby’
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’
Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Devotion’
Eddie Kendricks, ‘Keep On Truckin’’
Eddie Money, ‘Baby Hold On’
Eddie Rabbitt, ‘Rocky Mountain Music’
Edgar Winter, ‘Frankenstein’
Electric Light Orchestra, ‘Can’t Get It Out of My Head’
Elvin Bishop, ‘Fooled Around and Fell in Love’
Etta James / Dr. John, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’
Fleetwood Mac, ‘Over My Head’
Frankie Valli, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’
Gary Wright, ‘Dream Weaver’
George Benson / Van Morrison / Carlos Santana / Etta James / Dr. John, ‘Moondance’
Gladys Knight & the Pips, ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’
Gladys Knight / B. B. King, ‘The Thrill Is Gone’
Glen Campbell, ‘Southern Nights’
Gloria Gaynor, ‘I Will Survive’
Golden Earring, ‘Radar Love’
Gordon Lightfoot, ‘Sundown’
Harry Chapin, ‘Taxi’
Heart, ‘Crazy on You’
Helen Reddy, ‘Angie Baby’
Janis Ian, ‘At Seventeen’
Jim Croce, ‘Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)’
Joan Baez, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’
John Denver, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’
John Denver / Cass Elliot, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’
KC and the Sunshine Band, ‘That’s the Way (I Like It)’
LaBelle, ‘Lady Marmalade’
Linda Ronstadt, ‘You’re No Good’
Loggins & Messina, ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’
Mac Davis, ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me’
Maria Muldaur, ‘Midnight at the Oasis’
Marvin Gaye, ‘Let’s Get It On’
Mary MacGregor, ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’
Michael Murphey, ‘Wildfire’
Minnie Riperton, ‘Lovin’ You’
Natalie Cole, ‘I’ve Got Love on My Mind’
Neil Sedaka, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’
Neil Sedaka / Captain & Tennille, ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’
Olivia Newton-John, ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’
Orleans, ‘Dance with Me’
Peaches & Herb, ‘Reunited’
Peter Frampton, ‘Show Me the Way’
Redbone, ‘Come and Get Your Love’
REO Speedwagon, ‘Keep On Loving You’
Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots, ‘Disco Duck’
Robert Palmer, ‘Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)’
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, ‘Tell Me Something Good’
Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’
Sammy Hagar, ‘You Make Me Crazy’
Seals & Crofts, ‘Get Closer’
Sly & the Family Stone, ‘Everybody Is a Star’
Spinners, ‘Could It Be I’m Falling in Love’
Steely Dan, ‘Do It Again’
Stephen Bishop, ‘On and On’
Stories, ‘Brother Louie’
Ted Nugent, ‘Cat Scratch Fever’
The Cars, ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’
The Doobie Brothers, ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’
The Hollies, ‘Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)’
The Kinks,’You Really Got Me’
The Miracles, ‘Love Machine’
The O’Jays, ‘For the Love of Money’
The Stylistics, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’
Todd Rundgren, ‘Hello It’s Me’
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, ‘Listen to Her Heart’
Village People, ‘Y.M.C.A.’
War, ‘Cisco Kid’
Wild Cherry, ‘Play That Funky Music’
Yvonne Elliman, ‘If I Can’t Have You’

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