Stay Awake in concert

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Hal Willner’s 1988 Disney tribute CD, Stay Awake, is going live.

Stay Awake: the Official 20th Anniversary Concert will take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on October 30th. Willner has previously staged live concert versions in London and New York over the last year. For its LA performance Willner will attempt to bring in as many of the record’s artists as possible. Artists on the original album included Herb Alpert, Los Lobos, Natalie Merchant, Aaron Neville, Harry Nilsson, Sinead O’Connor, Buster Poindexter, Sun Ra, Bonnie Raitt, The Replacements, The Roches, Ringo Starr, Michael Stipe, and Tom Waits. Who will appear in person? That info will be revealed closer to show time. For now, you can order tickets here.


  • Mike

    Why can’t Disney just do concert performances of their classics with the original scores, both orchestral and vocal? With the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at the Disney Concert Hall.

    And NOT a “pops” style show. Just the original scores, performed as they were written. Come on, Disney.

  • http://drgrantz.deviantart.com/ revned

    Since Harry Nillson and Sun Ra are dead, it’s a safe bet that those two aren’t gonna show up.

    And I love the art of Ralph Steadman. Using one of his Disney-themed drawings (although significantly cropped) to promote this show is a stroke of genius.

  • Paul N

    I recently listened to this album again, and found it nearly intolerable.

  • Rat

    You forgot the great Ken Nordine. Stay Awake wouldn’t be Stay Awake without Nordine.

  • Jonathan

    This was the first CD I ever owned, and it’s still awesome.

    “pops” ? Disney music is pops to begin with.

    You might call this “eclectic”, or “alternate”. It has some very dark interpretations. I would love to hear Tom Waits doing the 7 dwarves digging song live.

  • Uffler Mustek

    This CD meant a lot to me when I was a kid. I’d love to see any kind of live tribute to this tribute CD.

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    I personally enjoyed the “Mickey Mouse March” cover, and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” Normally I listen to Disney compilation records on my record player at home, but it would be nice to have some experimental Disney to listen to in the car. I want this c.d.! Thanks for posting this.