There are a lot of things in this world I don't understand. For example religious extremism, Paris Hilton, tellsell or the fact that Queensryche never made it "big". I mean they had it all: great musicianship, great singer & great songs. Not to be understood. So as a longtime fan I ordered this DVD, hoping to feel and SEE Operation Mindcrime. I must say I had a little voice in me warning me for too much enthusiasm: I had bought the Mindcrime II-cd with Mike Stone on guitar and it was quite a disappointment. We all know the discussion that it all started to fall apart when Chris DeGarmo left, and let's face it: it is true. Queensryche made its mark in the 80's and 90's and the music they produced then was more than great. So thank god (no religious extremism as far as I'm concerned) we have that captured on cd's for eternity.
Mike Stone is a good player but he doesn't fit, this dvd makes it so clear. I must say it surprised me hearing that he had left, I had expected the rest of QR would kick him out earlier! But apart from one of the guitarplayers looking out of place, there is a more serious problem: the magic is gone. I don't see and hear a band on stage wanting to rip you apart as they used to (just listen to Warning!, so proud and powerfull!), but I see a band just playing their songs. And of course they play very professional and adequately, but it just feels that they haven't got hold of the flame anymore (bit of a sic joke).
Apart from the missing magic the other vital thing that is a problem is the mix. It is mixed like a f..ing musical. This means the guitars and drums are very low in the mix, so there goes all the R&R-power. I watched this DVD a few times, trying to be positive about it, but no. Unfortunately the little voice I heard was -as always - right.