If you were a music fan who grew up during the 1970s and early '80s, chances are you witnessed some amazing performances on the late-night variety series The Midnight Special . Created by producer Bert Sugarman and usually hosted by famed disc jockey Wolfman Jack , the show featured many of the biggest rock, pop and comedy stars of the era performing live in front of a studio audience.
Now, three new DVD collections will be made available next month featuring highlights from The Midnight Special , which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981. The largest of these, an 11-DVD set called The Midnight Special Collector's Edition , will be sold exclusively online at MidnightSpecialDVDs.com . The package, which lists for $99.95, can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped starting on September 8.
Among the many famous rock acts featured in the collection are AC/DC , Aerosmith , Blondie , Alice Cooper , The Doobie Brothers , Electric Light Orchestra , Fleetwood Mac , Peter Frampton , Heart and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers . The set also offers a disc of stand-up comedy from Richard Pryor , Billy Crystal , George Carlin , Andy Kaufman , Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze ; a variety of featurettes; and interviews with such stars as Cooper, Frampton, Eddie Money , Todd Rundgren , Loggins & Messina and REO Speedwagon 's Kevin Cronin .
In addition to the Collector's Edition, a six-DVD set titled The Midnight Special Collection and a single-disc release called, simply, The Midnight Special will be sold via retail outlets beginning on September 9. These package are available for the respective list prices of $59.95 and $12.95.
Here is just a sampling of the performances featured on The Midnight Special Collector's Edition :
"Dream On" -- Aerosmith
"Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies" Medley -- Alice Cooper
"Listen to the Music" -- The Doobie Brothers
"Evil Woman" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Over My Head" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Show Me the Way" -- Peter Frampton
"Crazy on You" -- Heart
"Keep on Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"When Will I Be Loved" -- Linda Ronstadt
"American Girl" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Breezin'" -- Carlos Santana & George Benson
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