- Actors: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Bobby Keys
- Directors: Bruce Gowers
- Producers: Danny O'Bryen, Jackie Kain, John Diaz, Linda J. Kanner, Michael Cohl
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Ilc
- VHS Release Date: 18 Feb. 2002
- Run Time: 120 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CWS8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon Tour [VHS]
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Perennial rockers the Stones continue to teach all the young pop pups a trick or two. Here they provide 'Satisfaction' for their loyal fans as they jump around the stage like Jack Flash himself performing a mix of old hits and numbers from their 'Bridges to Babylon' album.
Like any good brand, the Rolling Stones know to preserve the formula even when updating the package, and this long-form concert video underscores that market strategy. As with each of their tours since the early 1980s, the quartet, augmented by a discreet auxiliary of backup musicians, gives the fans new eye-candy while dishing up a familiar set list spiked with Mick Jagger's lip-smacking vocals and Keith Richards's signature guitar riffs. The visual twists are at once spectacular and conservative: a cyclopean main stage design with massive pillars (presumably the Babylonian connection), a vast oval video screen (shades of Big Brother) and a hydraulic bridge enabling a mid-concert sortie into the audience, with the Stones playing a more stripped-down, intimate set on a small satellite stage.
That huge physical setting doubtless made the live shows eye-filling rock spectacles, but the video crew necessarily accepts the limitations of the small screen, focusing more on close-ups of the band, rapid cuts, and racing, hand-held tracking shots to convey excitement while keeping the viewer close to the action. The evening's repertoire sticks to the band's most familiar hits, and if the Glimmer Twins occasionally slip their masks to let the routine show, the real wonder is how effectively they keep the playing focused. During the first half of the program, the band's newest songs (especially "Saint of Me" and "Out of Control") elicit conspicuously higher energy from the band, if not the audience. But just as the show seems doomed to a certain anomie, the escape onto the smaller, no-frills stage pumps up players and crowd alike, particularly when they launch into "Like a Rolling Stone", a cover that winds up sounding like a great idea too long deferred. --Sam Sutherland
Top Customer Reviews
Apart from that, and apart from the fact that the sound gets weirdly uneven in the last quarter of the disk, it's a fine show, and I'm glad to have it, but there have been much better-done Stones concert films before and since.
Ofcourse, not everyone gets to see them live (I was very lucky) so to get the nearest experience to it possible Buy this DVD.
With fantastic camera work, stunning visuals and amazing sound this is ,in my opinion, the greatest live music DVD ever released. Jagger's vocals are excellent, Keith's just as cool as ever (if not cooler) and his playing is superb. Ronnie gives his usual energetic performance and Charlie (whilst still managing to keep a straight face) never misses a beat.
They play all their classics, 'Gimme Shelter' 'Brown Sugar' 'Honky Tonk Women' etc. and they are joined by Dave Matthews for an astounding version of 'Wild Horses'.
They also play some songs from the 'Bridges to Babylon' album including 'Saint of Me' and a larger than life version of 'Out of Control'. Keith does a fantastic version of 'I wanna hold you' from the 'Undercover' album.
The Stones give an umbelievably energetic and exciting performance for their ever increasing age (they were just the same when i saw them on the licks tour), in my opinion they get more and more cool as they get older.
With the best ever live recording of 'Satisfaction' to open up with,
just sit back, turn up the volume and let
the Rolling Stones rock your world!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
seen the stones on this tour and bought the video, now its brill to watch fav band on dvd, same tour different venue, same as vidPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great antics from Mick Jagger as usual and the band are in their element.Good music from the yesteryears...if you are a rock fanPublished 18 months ago by Dmtembo
I love this band to the bits so I love this dvd too.I watch it almost every day now.The only one thing I miss is the lack of extras but the gig itself is worth watching.Published 19 months ago by Ms. M. Bakalarz
bought this for my dad cause he was at the gig and only had it on vhs he was very pleased and said was brill so am happy am in the good books for a change :)Published on 1 May 2013 by Bryan-Robert Baxter
i have got Shine a Light, and Biggest Bang. But out of them all this is the best Stones in concert DVD. the sound is great. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2011 by Michelle Storey