Well, I have not been as weekly as I would have liked of late, but I have a cracking good excuse. I am learning the hard way how much effort and time it takes to prepare a wedding. However, that does not mean I have been shirking my listening or music DVD viewing. Below is my foray into the pile of metal before me.
Guns N' Roses: DVD Collector's Box
Herein lies a set of those unauthorized DVDs that rounds up a whole bunch of ancillary people to the band and interviews them about what they remember. None of the band is involved (well only someone from the beginning) and there is no GnR music. To be honest, there is little jealousy or bitchiness, as one might expect from such a type of documentary. However, that being said, they do give you a rather interesting take on the whole LA scene when the band were in their early days.
For me at least, the DVD about GnR is far more interesting than the one that is solely about Axel Rose himself. There is not much on the latter that we don't already know from reading the pages of Kerrang! or any other heavy rock magazine. Still, if you are a GnR fan, than this might be rather interesting for you, not exactly ground-breaking stuff, but interesting in places nonetheless.
Hawkwind: Out of the Shadows
Hawkwind has always attracted rather rabid fans who are keen to get a hold of whatever they can from the band. This DVD will suit them to a T. Filmed in Newcastle at the Opera House back in 2002, it shows Hawkwind in all their post-millennium glory complete with daft outfits, unintelligible lyrics and trippy musical workouts. The cover of this disc is a rather good clue as to what lies therein.
The disc ends with the inevitable "Silver Machine" and is one of those DVDs that makes you feel stoned even if you are sipping mineral water. This is pretty much 141 minutes of space rock glory. If you love the band, than this is for you. For the rest of us it's a personal choice. I rather enjoyed watching the nuttiness that is Hawkwind.
Iron Maiden: Death on the Road