Three hours of music from an all-star cast. A “resident” band including Brian May and Eric Clapton on guitar, Phil Collins on drums, Sam Brown on backing vocals and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. With performances by Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Shirley Bassey, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney and many other music legends and contemporary stars. There is something for everybody in this show.
I was not at the concert but I watched it live on the TV and this DVD is very close to that broadcast. I was a bit disappointed to find the sound was in stereo, not surround, but the sound and picture quality are superb nevertheless. The vocals to the final part of Bohemian Rhapsody, which were muted on the TV broadcast, are present and correct on the DVD.
I think the DVD may have been re-cut since its initial release, as other reviewers have mentioned the appearances by Ruby Wax and Kermit the Frog but they, along with Ben Elton and some of the other presenters, are omitted from my copy. Lenny Henry and Dame Edna Everage are present, although Lenny’s hilarious exchange with Ozzy Osbourne is cut. Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and the little ditty he sang to the Queen before that are missing but all the other musical performances seem to be present and uncut.
The DVD is much better value for money than the audio CD version as, for a small extra cost, you get 39 tracks playing for 2 hours 55 min (the CD has only 21 tracks lasting 80 minutes) and, of course, pictures.
Despite my criticisms, this is a disc you will want to play again and again. A superb recording of a unique event. Overall, this is a must have item for all music lovers.