William Shatner stars as home plate umpire in Brian Evans music video "At Fenway," at Fenway Park in Boston.
2012-11-12 19:40:01 -
When William Shatner said "Beam me up, Scotty!," we wonder if he had this
destination in mind.
Legendary film and television icon William Shatner flew into Boston to portray
the home plate umpire at Fenway Park for the new music video, "At Fenway,"
written and recorded by Sinatra-styled crooner Brian Evans.
The song was produced by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Narada Michael
Walden, the famed produced of all of Whitney Houston's #1 hits, including "The
Bodyguard" soundtrack, along with Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and George
The video was produced on September 25th and 26th at Fenway Park, with final
shots filmed on October 7th.
The music video supports the forthcoming album "Brian Evans - At Fenway," due in
stores on Opening Day of the 2013 baseball season worldwide, which is also when
the music video will debut. The ten track CD will also include a DVD of the
music video. The video was produced by Brian Evans, Helen Bousquet, Mark Biltz,
(for The Brian Evans Music Group, Inc.) and McElroy Films.
"Having William Shatner in a major league baseball uniform at Fenway Park is
about as legendary as the park itself. The music video truly is an iconic moment
in Fenway Park history," says co-producer Biltz.
"At Fenway," is the first song ever to be written about the park, or the Boston
Red Sox, to be licensed by Major League Baseball. The video itself also has
received Major League Baseball's blessing, and the song was added to The
National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this year.
"It's this music video that will be the thing Brian is truly remembered by, and
his relationship with Mr. Shatner has grown over the years and made his
inclusion possible," said Biltz. "Shatner was absolutely amazing, and this music
video truly is Brian's "Field of Dreams."
"This video truly is my life. I have always loved Fenway Park. It's always been
a magical place to me. Noah Parets, who is currently the character "Billy
Elliott" on tour, portrays a younger me in the video. My mom, Helen Bousquet, is
in the front row behind Shatner as he calls the third strike and in the
beginning of the video. As my mom passed away just 10 days after this video was
filmed unexpectedly following a routine knee surgery, the music video has become
so much more to me. We did this together, my mom, Bill (Shatner), my friend Mark
Andrew Biltz. It's the one thing that was our idea, and we jumped through all
the hoop's to get it done and we did," says Brian Evans.
"No one thought we could. The video is a testament to believing you can do it,
and doing it. Most people in this business never get to do that unequivocal
thing that people remember, that lives beyond us. With this, we knew we did
something special. No matter how many records or shows I do, this was the thing
that was us, really us," he says.
Evans is known for his performances in Las Vegas, and has opened for Jay Leno,
Joan Rivers, Social Distortion, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, and a host of others.
He has also acted on such shows as "Full House," and "Beverly Hills,
a kid. Evans is also working on a song for NASCAR which he wrote with his
mother, and intends on shooting a music video for that next year. "That will be
my last sports related song. My mother wrote it, so I'm doing it."
Shatner congratulated Evans on pulling the "At Fenway" music video off in the
"You really did it," Shatner told Evans in the limousine drive from Logan
Airport. "We were placing bets at my office on whether you'd pull it off. I
really have to congratulate you."
The music video will play especially well in Asia, where Evans album has already
dropped. Baseball is year-round in Japan, and enormously popular throughout
Asia. Big band music is the prevailing American import of music in Asia due to
strict censorship in those e countries, such as Indonesia.
Ernie Boch, Jr. also plays a cameo in the video. Evans has agreed to donate some
of the proceeds to sales of the single to Boch's foundation, Music Drives Us
( www.musicdrivesus.org, and Evans will also donate proceeds to the ASPCA
(www.aspca.org) in honor of his mother and co-producer of "At Fenway," the music
video, Helen Marie Bousquet.
"The music video is my mother's crowning achievement, because if it were not for
her, Red Sox Nation would not have this video to see. Bostonian's truly get it,
the magic of doing things that are more important than just what they are
watching. They truly do care about the "why" of it all. Millions of people
around the world will be able to see this, because of her," says Evans. "I want
everyone who see's this to know that. There would be no video without her. I
told her that at the park the day we filmed it, and it's true."
"The Boston Red Sox have been amazing to me since the beginning, and I haven't
been an easy person to be helpful towards at times," says Evans. "There's a
line between being persistent and a pain in the ass," he says.
"At Fenway" is currently available for sale at ITune s and Amazon.com as a song
single. The video will debut on ITunes and Amazon, along with all other video
capable download sites, in April 2013.
Evans resides in Boston, Massachusetts, and was born in Massachusetts. He is
writing an autobiography entitled "At Fenway - The Life and Times of Brian Evans
and Helen Bousquet." The book will feature writings by his mother as well as his
own story. The novel "Horrorscope," another story he wrote with his mother and
Mark Andrew Biltz, will be completed this year.
Shatner is expected to also be involved in "Horrorscope."
"We're working that out," says Evans.
"Horrorscope is the story of a psychic who is forced to tell predictions for the
mob. When the mob thinks the psychic gave them a false prediction, they kill
her. Her murder causes a physical manifestation of the signs of The Zodiac, who
then seek revenge against the mob for her death," says Evans. "The Taurus will
be a beast."
The Daily Variety reports the story is in play to be a major motion picture, and
will include toys, video games, and graphic novels.
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