March Madness - Rock 'n Roll Style!

March 27th - April 3rd, 2011
"This is one auction you can't afford to miss!"

We are serving up our first-ever March Madness Auction featuring over 1,000 previously featured auction lots with insanely low opening bid prices

If you like vinyl, we've got tons of vinyl. If you like concert posters, we've got those, too. If you're more in the market for signed items, we've got plenty of signed items. 

Fantastic Deals on Rare Vinyl
If you're more of a band-specific collector, we've got loads of Beatles collectibles and amazing memorabilia featuring The Rolling Stones, Yes, Grateful Dead, Journey, Frank Zappa and Genesis...just pick a band from A- Z . We've got it all. 

The idea for the auction came about after we found ourself in a position to which most collectors can relate: Too many goodies, not enough room. Over the holidays, we took stock of physically how much we've got and started to look at our auction calendar for this year and next year (which by the way good things are on the horizon), and we started to realize that if we continue to put stuff on our shelves, we'd need a bigger place. Well that wasn't going to happen. 

So here are a few highlights: 

Grateful Dead Photos by Herb Greene
Vinyl records, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, will comprise roughly half of the featured lots. The majority of the vinyl came from disc jockeys or record company executives and is in immaculate condition. Vinyl collectors who want to upgrade their collections but need to stick to set budgets will be pleasantly surprised.

It's a perfect opportunity to pick up a lot of attractive mementos and collectibles and keep what they want, or trade the rest or resell it. To put it simply, you can buy the large vinyl lots, break up the lots, and if you want to, sell or trade them and perhaps make a bit of pocket money for yourself, and possibly then some. The opening bid prices that are set for each of the lots featured in the auction are really going to excite everyone and we mean really excite you. 

Vintage Posters
The auction will also feature a variety of signed pieces, a collection of cool concert posters from the mid-1970s, gorgeous backstage passes, obscure recording reels from the original Agora in Cleveland and a handful of oversized photos of the Grateful Dead, taken in the 1960s by renowned San Francisco photographer Herb Greene. 

If you collect Beatles memorabilia then get ready to be amazed. The auction will feature nearly 100 Beatles lots, including rare vinyl, posters, toys & collectibles, magazines and books

It'll be awfully hard for collectors and fans to overlook lots featured in the March Madness Auction, especially when the opening bid prices are in most cases up to 75 percent off the original store price or previous auction price.

There are literally 1000s of amazing collectibles at a fantastic price, and if you have been eyeing a particular item for awhile and you haven't really been able to bite the bullet on it, now is your chance to buy that piece, and most likely, get it for a really great price.

100's of Beatles Lots
But that window of opportunity won't stay open forever. The one promise that we will make is that once the auction is over, we are not going to put any of the unsold items back in the store. This is it, last and final encore for these items. Once the auction ends, the items will no longer be available. 

We still have hundreds of awesome items in our online store featuring quite a selection of hard rock and heavy metal memorabilia from the private collections of Al Jourgensen of Ministry and heavy metal manager Walter O'Brien

The March Madness Auction event is scheduled to go live on Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 pm EST and run for a week, coming to a close on Sunday, April 3rd. See our website for more details and the Auction Rules

There will be NO PREVIEW so when the auction goes live it will be open for immediate bidding. 

With prices slashed up to 75% percent off the original price you simply can't afford to miss this opportunity. This auction is going to be a lot of fun and we are just as excited as you. If there are questions you need answered or if we can be of personal assistance, please let us know. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the auction block!

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DVD Review: Phil Collins "Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC"

DVD Review: Phil Collins "Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC"
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All Access Review:  C+

In the news recently for his on-again, off-again “retirement from music” saga and an acknowledgement that he’s felt the barrage of slings and arrows flung his way from Genesis worshippers who wanted him to be Peter Gabriel, rather than the mega pop star he became, Phil Collins must have taken a great deal of comfort in shutting the recording studio doors and remaking the Motown and soul classics he’s always adored from afar for his 2010 album Going Back. Never one to hide his affection for the songs of his youth, Collins turned The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” into a blue-eyed soul winner in 1983, scoring a #1 hit for the drummer turned pop crooner. So, it’s hardly surprising that he would follow Rod Stewart down this well-worn path and do a credible job of it … at least on record.

For the 26-track, 126-minute concert DVD “Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom,” Collins enlists the aid of Motown’s revered house band, the Funk Brothers, four strong male and female background singers and a powerful horn section to bring the spirit, and many of the songs, of Going Back alive onstage. The results are mixed. Lush and vibrant, the music is stellar, with bright, solar-powered horns, rich backing vocals and Chester Thompson’ drums providing thick support and full-bodied drive to the sublime rush of Daryl Stuermer and Funk Brothers Eddie Willis and Ray Monette on guitars that make “You’ve Been Cheatin’” flow like a river and “(Love is Like a) Heatwave” emit warm rays of sunshine. And Collins delivers gracefully nuanced vocals on the aforementioned “You Can’t Hurry Love” and bittersweet readings of Stevie Wonder’s “Blame it on The Sun” and the set closer “My Girl.”

Unfortunately, it is Collins who, on occasion, doesn’t rise to meet the soulful musical surge going on behind him. From his stiff, slow movement around the stage, it is clear Collins is not physically up to the task. Once a charismatic live performer, it almost seems to pain Collins, who reportedly has suffered from health problems in recent years, to walk, much less dance. Bled of the emotion Collins brings to “The Tears of a Clown” and “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone,” his weak vocals turn “Going to a Go-Go,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea” and “Nowhere to Run” into anemic, pale caricatures of once great soul and R&B charges up the hill for Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Marvelettes and Martha and the Vandellas. Watching the interview with Collins that accompanies the DVD, plus the rehearsal footage, there’s no doubt Collins loves and cherishes this material. His work on the arrangements is meticulous and smart, and as he says on the DVD, if he looks over at the Funk Brothers and sees them smile, then he’s done his job. And one wonders what he would do with it were Collins 10 or 15 years younger. 

Perhaps it’s best that Collins takes some time off. A few years away from business might re-energize the singer and allow him to polish these musical diamonds to a lustrous glow. As a celebration of the universal appeal and of Motown’s most incredible songs, this concert is infused with joy and, for the most part, a fun, loving ode to one of music’s finest ages. It’s just a shame that Collins doesn’t always seem in the mood for a party.

-           Peter Lindblad

Official Site: Phil Collins

If you are a fan or collector of Phil Collins or Genesis memorabilia be sure you visit the Backstage Auctions Online Store, you never know what treasures you will find.