It's about time they put some sort of home video/DVD out! Papa Roach's "Live And Murderous In Chicago", recorded on May 1st, 2005, has the group at their best, touring in support of their surprise hit album "Getting Away With Murder." Consider this a victory lap for a band who was written off as one-hit wonders when their sophomore release, "Lovehatetragedy" was considered a flop by most standards.
I saw these guys live when they were touring for "Infest" (back in 2001) and let me tell you: The energy and passion was there, but they sounded horrible. Here, they sound just as passionate, but the songs actually sound good as well! Jacoby doesn't miss lyrics and run out of breath like he did when I saw them (due in part probably to his weight loss) and the band is extremely tight. Throughout the 19 song set, Papa Roach rip through all of their hits, capping off with what is still, to this day, their best song: "Between Angels And Insects." To keep things interesting, they change the make-up of a few of their older hits. "Infest" gets a complete make-over, and "Broken Home" fades out with a brief cover of Queens Of The Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer." The b-side "Harder Than A Coffin Nail" surfaces as well, and really, this song should have made the album. Very dark and very different from most Papa Roach material. Songs like "M-80" and "Not Listening" translate much better live than they did on album, which is what makes this DVD worth getting. If you enjoyed Papa Roach's music before, they take it to the next level with their live show. I wish they had come near me during this touring cycle, because they sure have improved since I saw them!
The DVD also comes with the complete (sort of) Papa Roach videography and a rather pointless photo gallery (aren't they all?). The videos are all good and entertaining, my favorites being "She Loves Me Not" and "Between Angels And Insects." An alternate version of "Time And Time Again" replaces the version that we had in the States. I believe this was a European video, and it's actually much better than our version, which translated into a commercial for that wretched Pepsi Blue (remember that stuff?). My only gripes are that: A. The videos are edited, which is kinda dumb, seeing as how this DVD promotes explicit lyrics and B. The "Last Resort" video is very grainy and the audio is much lower than the other videos. I guess the latter doesn't bother me though, as it was a pretty corny video, and those emo-lookin' kids are kind of a drag. So, altogether, with the live concert and the music videos, this is an item that any Papa Roach fan would love.