On July 18th, the independent audio and video company Shout! Factory will release two new live titles from the Los Angeles-based band Particle. The DVD, Transformations Live, was recorded on February 24, 2006 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA before a capacity crowd. Transformations Live: For The People will also be released as a companion two-CD set that includes recordings from the Henry Fonda show as well as songs from the February 28, 2006 performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The live DVD and CD set capture a fresh line up that now includes the band's two new guitar players and the addition of vocals. Both releases feature very special guests such as Joe Satriani, Robby Krieger, Blackalicious, and DJ Logic. The Transformations Live DVD and the Transformations Live: For The People two-CD set will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98 and $18.98, respectively.
Particle, after playing 700 shows in eight countries over five years, took a break from the road from October of 2005 until February of this year in order to begin searching for a new guitar player after the departure of guitarist Charlie Hitchcock. Now a five-piece band, Particle added two guitar players and vocalists Ben Combe and Scott Metzger to its core lineup consisting of original members Eric Gould (bass, vocals), Darren Pujalet (drums, vocals) and Steve Molitz (keyboards, vocals). During auditions, Combe and Metzger each made unique and powerful impressions on the band through their complimentary guitar styles and vocal abilities. So in the end, Particle asked both players to join. Containing footage from the newly staffed Particle's first live performance, The Transformations releases document this turning point in Particle’s career.
Transformations Live contains three songs not on the companion CD, including a 15-minute rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with all the evening’s special guests joining in on the fun. The DVD also includes a special appearance by the Lucent Dossier dance troupe. The 5.1 Surround Sound DVD bonus features include the Particle Transforms featurette (featuring "Triple Threat" and the new song "The Sweeper"), the Collaborations featurette (featuring "Simulator" with Joe Satriani) and a Transformations photo gallery (featuring the new song "Smile").
Shortly after the Henry Fonda event, Particle headed to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco where they recorded songs to include on the audio release. The Fat Tuesday party was complete with a feathered burlesque dance troupe and a second-line horn section. Transformations Live: For The People contains a handful of songs that are unique to the CD set including "Triple Threat," "Ghetto Queen," "Fiyo On The Bayou", "Ed & Molly" and "Losing It", all recorded during the Mardi Gras extravaganza. All of the special guests on the DVD are included on the CD as well.
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