Hi Susan, Sorry, but I've only just now saw your question! I'm so glad you've got the DVD as a pledge gift! Yes, the PBS station (WLVT-39) in Allentown, PA, did offer concert tickets for people who pledged at the $140 level of membership. Not sure if they are still offering tickets. It should be quite an intimate concert. I don't think any other PBS stations offered tickets to any other concerts; however PBS also have a pledge drive in March and may do so at that time.
I usually like to do PBS a favor and buy their production videos by pledging but our local station cancelled their December showing of Hayley's for some other rerun and pushed it out to Spring. I was so ticked I bought the Josh Groban video and will buy Hayley's from a commercial seller. I know it's vindictive but I was so looking forward to seeing it. Thanks to Lindsay's site I've seen it on my computer .
I think the first online merchant to list the new DVD is HMV Japan here. No tracklisting yet, but I think we know what they are - 65% from Pure and 35% new ones (depending which version of Pure) including a couple not broadcast by PBS. Release date is 23rd March.
I'm so happy that the DVD will be available to everyone round the world this March!! I've no idea what day in March. However, in the USA, 95% of all new music/dvd releases are on a Tuesday. So I'm hoping that it's 22 March (one day after my birthday!)
Classic FM have this morning advertised the fact that the DVD will be released in the UK “next month”. This ties in with what we had already heard but still no specific date was given. It is reassuring, though, that it should be mentioned on national radio.
Bearing in mind that the re-release of Pure was on sale during the Winter Tour up to two weeks prior to its official release date, I wonder if the DVD might be available at Olympia!
Just a thought or two about release dates, there's nothing on any of the online retailers' sites this morning and we all know these dates can change (or never happen!!!) anyway, so we'll have to wait and see.
But I reckon Decca will want to maximise the chances of Hayley getting into the main DVD Music charts and I think she could enter high up in the top 10 in the UK and NZ, perhaps Oz, too. They might not want to dilute sales in release week by spreading some into a different week with "concert" sales etc., but Hayley's Sunday date at UK Olympia would be OK for a March 21 release date, as it's the same sales week. Pre-release sales (in the same week) can be added if Decca organise it right.
Incidentally, music DVD sales are still very low but the Gold and Platinum "shipment" figures reflect this: 2,500 and 5,000 in NZ; 7,500 and 15,000 in Oz; 25,000 and 50,000 in the UK; 50,000 and 100,000 in the US. The US and Oz look to be the "easiest" to reach Gold (compared to CDs), the UK next and NZ will be the hardest... although in Hayley's case, her UK and NZ popularity should overcome that hurdle. One problem in the UK will be a reluctance of Supermarkets to stock Music DVDs, as that is where a lot of Hayley's sales are made.
I hope Decca are going to make this a high profile release. No Gold or Platinum music DVDs have ever been awarded in the UK as they were only announced last week... wouldn't it be WONDERFUL if Hayley was one of the very first ever to get one?
I also wish Decca make the DVD a high-profile release, esp. here in the states. I certainly hope that the day is announced officially soon; as we are only speculating 21 or 22 March. Hopefully it will be made available to those of you attending Classicalive at Olympia on 20th March.
A few years ago I bought a few DVDs even before I even had my DVD player! But I did buy one in a week or two, mind!