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Toronto Rocks DVD Review

Toronto Rocks was the massive benefit concert organized in support of the SARS relief effort for the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which had been hit particularly hard by the outbreak. The concert went down on July 30, 2003, and was billed as "the largest ticketed single-day event in music history", as approximately 490,000 people were in attendance. This review ... Read More »

The Doobie Brothers – Live At Wolf Trap DVD Review

Talk about wanting to kick yourself in the ass! There I was, this spring, making my annual decision of which summer concerts to attend. Rush? Check. Yes & Dream Theater? Oh hell yeah! Styx & Peter Frampton? Why not. The Doobie Brothers at Wolf Trap? I only live about a half-hour from the place, but, damn, I’ve already spent all ... Read More »

Transatlantic – Live In Europe DVD Review

Transatlantic are easily one of the best of the current progressive-rock bands, since they are essentially a prog-rock supergroup. As a band, they are often better than their individual parts, which consist of Spock’s Beard – Neal Morse, Dream Theater – Mike Portnoy, The Flower Kings – Royne Stolt, and Marillion – Pete Traveres. I’m sure I’ll get much disagreement ... Read More »

U2 – Elevation 2001 (Live From Boston) DVD Review

I really wasn’t expecting much from this latest concert video from U2. After all, I found their previous two albums Zooropa and Pop to be experimental blunders (to put it mildly) that signaled the beginning of the end of a once great band. Their subsequent world tours for each of these albums were even more disappointing–and I love huge, over-the-top ... Read More »

Neal Morse – Testimony Live DVD Review

Neal, Neal, Neal. Why hath thou forsaken us so? Again! Why do you insist on releasing such amazing live musical testaments, with such conflictingly weak production values?–just like you did with the Spock’s Beard, and Transatlantic concert videos. Is a 5.1 surround mix, and some decent cameras too much too expect, or are they that prohibitively expensive? Maybe they are. ... Read More »

Led Zeppelin DVD Review

Warning: this review may Ramble On a little bit. The seventies had just ended, and being that I was a newly crowned teenager, I was just beginning to formulate my musical tastes. The old standbys on my turntable, such as Kiss, Aerosmith, and Ted Nugent, found themselves being replaced by more "deeper" bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Kansas. ... Read More »

Steve Vai – Live At The Astoria London DVD Review

I was introduced to Steve Vai for the first time via the 1986 movie Crossroads, which starred Ralph Macchio in an update to the famous story of a blues guitarist who sells his soul to the devil. In this version, Vai plays the devil’s guitarist, who Macchio’s character must duel in the end to win back his mentor’s soul. Seeing ... Read More »

Best of 2004 – Concert DVD List

2004 was a great year for concert DVDs. Now that almost everyone owns a DVD player, and the technology to record and produce a quality DVD has gotten much less inexpensive, almost all bands, of every level of success, are putting out their own DVD. I know I’m missing a few deserving candidates, because I just haven’t gotten to them ... Read More »