Remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Coming Out of their Shells” Tour?

Remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Coming Out of their Shells” Tour?

In 1990, Turtle history was changed forever when the “Coming Out of Their Shells” tour premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The tour featured live-action turtles playing music as a band. You had Donatello on keyboards, Leonardo on bass guitar, Raphael on drums AND sax and Michelangelo on lead guitar. It was not just a concert though, their was a plot. April has, as usual, been kidnapped by the Shredder. So of course the turtles have to rescue her.

While premiered in the 1980s, the story was very 1980s, because in it the power of rock n’ roll literally is what is used to defeat Shredder and his minions, who claim they hate music. Although Shredder does rap, so I guess he does not want to destroy all music.

If you could not get to the concert, they had a pay-per-view special highlighting the concert, a studio album and a VHS release. They also had tie ins with Pizza Hut, who were the apt sponsor of these event. Here is the track release from the album.

“Coming Out of Our Shells!”
“Sing About It”
“Skipping Stones”
“Pizza Power”
“Walk Straight”
“No Treaties”
“April Ballad”
“Count on Us”

While you can hunt down this for home viewing on the big screen, you can also turn to youtube, where the appropriately named OutOfTheirShells has uploaded the entire show. Here is part 1, to test your interest:

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Oh man do I remember that! I was too old to be seen at one of the concerts, but I also remember that the costumes were worse than what we saw in part III.

  2. Wow this brings back Memories I still have The VHS tape and Audio Cassette still packed away.

  3. Paging Vic Sage! Vic, this was what I sent you in the mail that you never got. The Pizza Hut booklet to this tour. Now, some homeless man in Chicago is using it to sleep on.


    BTW – I have the cassette tape of this. Anyone feel like hearing it?

  4. Patrick, thank you nevertheless. I happen to have my cassette tape as well, let’s rock this place and teach the Shredder a lesson, Dude! :)

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