LIVE Hot Potatoes! (found uncut version of Wiggles video; 2005)

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The Australian VHS cover of the final version

Status: Found

Date found: 13 Sep 2021

Found by: Daniel Celano

Lights, Camera, Action! Show is a concert tour held by Australian children's group The Wiggles. It first commenced on December 3rd, 2003, at the Perth Challenge Stadium and concluded on December 21, 2003 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre[1]. The tour is known for including an orchestra, conducted by frequent session musician Dominic Lindsay. Singers of the orchestra included Anthony Field's cousin Greg Truman, Greg Page's understudy from 2002 to 2006 Sam Moran and keyboardist Craig Abercrombie. Tony Henry (drummer for Anthony Field's previous band The Cockroaches) who worked with the group from 1994 to 2007 in the studio, played drums in the orchestra. During some songs on the tour, purple wiggle Jeff Fatt would take over as keyboardist. The tour would mark the last time Christmas Picnic would be performed live and the only time where it was performed by an orchestra and the first time the songs Central Park, New York, I Wave My Arms And Swing My Baton and the cover of Daddy Cool's Eagle Rock would be performed live.


The December 20th, 2003 show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (the only concert from the tour that Christmas Picnic was not performed) would be recorded and would go on to be released as "LIVE! Hot Potatoes" on January 11th, 2005, first in North America, then would be released two months later in Australia. The show would also be released as the group's first live album that would be released to the public on January 1st, 2005[2]. The video would be very different then what was released on the album, with the overture being cut from four minutes[3] to one minute and twenty seconds on the video. Clips from the concert would be used in the group's fourth television series titled "The Wiggles Show" and the clips used in the series have a noticeably different audio mix than what was released with the only songs from the concert that didn't make it to the series are Butterflies Flit and Hot Potato. Meaning an uncut version of the video exists that wasn't widely known. Even more baffling is the documentary "On The Road With The Wiggles" which is a special feature on the LIVE! Hot Potatoes video uses the uncut version at the beginning of the documentary[4].


In 2018, YouTube user Jake's Movie Corner uploaded footage from the beginning[5] and ending [6] of the video from a rare promotional DVD that was sent out to the press in December 2004. The footage uploaded is noticeably different from what was released in 2005 with footage from the overture that would be obscured by B-Roll of the group being seen as well as unseen snippets of the overture that was heard on the album but not the video and the footage ends after the concert ended, unlike the released video where it goes straight to the credits. It was also later revealed that the promotional DVD had a different audio mix and is the same audio mix from the clips used in The Wiggles Show. In March 2020, another YouTube user named "Peanut Wiggle" did a rip of the promotional DVD, but didn't make the rip public. However, on September 13, 2021, Internet Archive user Daniel Celano uploaded the promotional DVD that contained the uncut version of the video. Josh Wiggle later uploaded the video on his YouTube channel in 60fps on June 1, 2022.


The Uncut version of LIVE Hot Potatoes

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