Houston Livestock Show. 1994. We’ve seen small clips on Selena tv specials and documentaries. The white bustier with white pants -only Selena could pull that look off. Every fan knows that outfit. We’ve heard clips of Como La Flor and Amor Prohibido but they are only small teasers of what perhaps is one of her best performances.
But we will never know. It was never released in full.
Why is this concert so mysterious? Why are fans so obsessed with it and demand it be released? Why this concert and not others?
Fans have asked the family numerous times to put it on dvd or just on Youtube but they won’t. When I visited the museum a few years back I asked. He said it’s purely because the audio is terrible. It echoes and the acoustics in the Astrodome are awful. They didn’t have the concert set up to record audio. To them, it was just another concert.
I also wonder if they just don’t own the rights to the show. I know the reason they won’t release the Selena Live! one is because they don’t own the footage. And it costs money to obtain the footage from whoever recorded it. If it costs too much to obtain it, probably isn’t a smooth business move if they aren’t going to make a profit. People tend to forget that Q Productions needs to make money. It’s not just a machine that manufactures Selena releases unfortunately. (although I’m sure she is their best seller) But I can imagine this making tons of money considering the demand.
As much as I would love this concert to be released, it would be rather disappointing to watch it when it has incredibly bad audio. Then again, most of the footage we watch now on Youtube is of lower quality due to ripping it off an old VHS from 24 years ago. Do fans even notice at this point? We never expect great quality footage! When you finally find some HQ footage, it’s like finding a hidden treasure.
But it’s different if a company (not to mention, the company her family owns) releases it- they don’t want to look unprofessional. I get that. But c’mon…we won’t mind! I promise!
I still wonder why fans are so fond of this particular concert. Maybe it’s just because we’ve seen so many pictures of it and it’s one of her signature outfits yet have actually heard it. Perhaps we want to match the music with that outfit. Kind of like when you think of that purple disco outfit from the 1995 Astrodome show, you probably think of the “Disco Medley”. When I see the cow print outfits, I always think of her 1991 San Antonio concert and seeing her do all those 90’s dance moves. I don’t have any real association with this concert other than it’s the concert no one has seen.
I guess the solution is for someone to get their hands on it somehow and post it. The chances of that happening…probably zero. Unless someone else has a solution? Maybe it’s time for another petition! They seem to be working lately 😉