Encompassing many of the standard themes of pop concerts Blue's One Love Live Tour
is an epic, if somewhat disjointed show. From the Deep Impact
-style meteor storm at the beginning and the end, to the interlude video depicting the guys as wayward pop stars disobeying their paternal manager, all the traditional theatrical strands of contemporary teen tours feature here. Recorded at the Sheffield Arena during the autumn of 2002, the show, like their music, attempts to be too many things for too many people. This being their first stadium tour, all eyes are on whether the boys can stand the rigours of performing live. They pass the test remarkably well, but their performance is weakened by the inclusion of some dodgy album material. The concert comes alive when the fillers and the thematic segments are dumped, and the four perform their biggest hits such as "All Rise" and "Too Close", as well as their covers of other people's songs. The 1970s funk medley midway through the show is excellent, though a little unoriginal. Beamed on to a massive screen behind the four, the recorded duet with Sir Elton for "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" works particularly well.
On the DVD: One Love Live Tour opens with an innocuous 15-minute overview of preparations for the tour. The audio-visual quality of the concert material is good, and the feature performance of "All Rise" can be viewed from five different camera angles. Whilst there are generous dollops of bonus material included with this package, most of these extras are pretty insubstantial. Disc 2 does however include the videos for the first three single releases from the One Love album, as well as an Easter egg bonus of the promo for "U Make Me Wanna" (other more conspicuously hidden extras are also included). --John Galilee