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Toronto Rocks [DVD] [2003]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: IMPORT
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000260R7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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On July 30th 2003, close to half a million people gathered in Toronto for one of the most spectacular concerts of all time, which was the largest, ticketed, single day event in history. The Rolling Stones headlined the show, accompanied by 13 other acts including AC/DC, Rush, Guess Who and Justin Timberlake.


Like most festival shows, the Toronto Rocks concert, a SARS benefit held on July 30, 2003 before a teeming crowd of 490,000, is a pretty mixed bag. For one thing, the Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC, and the Rolling Stones--the headliners--are all well past their primes. They're still kicking, of course, and fans of each will relish their sets. But no headliner save Rush exudes the freshness and spark evident in the tantalizing snippets of the performances we don't see on this single-disc DVD: Canadian acts like Blue Rodeo, the Tea Party, and Sass Jordan (with a still-riveting Jeff Healey on guitar). The Stones command more than their fair share of screen time, and some would say they've earned it. Meanwhile, we're also served three helpings of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi's ho-hum Have Love Will Travel revue. Who steals the show? The Isley Brothers, led by founding singer Ronald and axeman Ernie, who blaze through "Who's That Lady" and their classic "Shout" with a band of lock-tight musicians and dancers.

The DVD includes the kind of full-size color booklet every concert disc should come with, a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and uncompressed PCM stereo sound (both great), and a dose of "bonus" backstage ballyhoo. A unique extra is the director's broadcast call of the camera shots for AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," revealing the frantic, real-time demands of a live shoot. --Michael Mikesell

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "addressedinblack" on 1 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
I went to Toronto last year. Being aware of this DVD and not having previously been able to purchase it in this country, I thought I would try to find it when I returned to Toronto last week. I did. I did not, however, purchase it, not being sure if I could play Region 1 DVDs. I returned here, only to find it now widely available in retail shops (and subsequently online).
Bought mainly for The Rolling Stones (who I've never had the pleasure of seeing live), and also AC/DC, though this 1 disc edition is incredibly short (missing almost 10 hours of the day's events) it is a nice summary of the day. Nice to see at least 1 main Canadian band who performed on the day getting more than 2 tracks on here - Rush.
Mabe not as-important-an-event as the back cover would suggest, it's still a worthwhile buy. Two (swaying from side-to-side) arms up!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Good show, but Timberlake embarrasses himself 6 Aug. 2004
By John S. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD one would expect. This DVD is a much pared-down version of an all-day concert event. The meat of the show was Rush, AC/DC, The Guess Who, and the Rolling Stones. How Justin Timberlake got invited to this is anybody's guess. I don't know who thought that a rock and roll crowd would be willing to sit still and behave during a boy-band alum's teeny-bopper Pop set. Just a bad decision. A real buzzkill in that kind of music line-up. Imagine watching Rush and The Guess Who perform, then, while frothing at the mouth waiting for AC/DC and the Stones to perform, you have to sit through a set by an N*SYNC member. Whose lame idea of musical continuity was that?? Audience members were booing and pelting Timberlake with water bottles. To make matters worse, Timberlake joined the Stones onstage during "Miss You". And he looked absolutely ridiculous. Mick is up there gyrating as usual, and Timberlake is trying his best to look cool, but he looks like someone doing a lame attempt at dancing like a hip-hop artist.

I'm sorry, but if bubble-gum Pop and Rock and Roll don't belong in the same concert line-up, the CERTAINLY don't belong on the same stage at the SAME TIME!

My favorite part of the DVD was the camera work during Rush's brief set. I've been watching the "Rush in Rio" DVD quite a bit lately, and loving every second of it. But for some reason the camera work on Rush in this DVD is more approachable and accessible. You feel like you are there with them. That probably has something to do with the light - it is broad daylight during Rush's set. You'll have to see it to see what I mean. And the camera angles on drummer Neil Peart (who looks simply delighted when he meets Charlie Watts - as shown in the documentary footage) are more inviting and satisfying. You can't help but love watching Neil pound those skins!

There is a lot of fluff in this DVD presentation (Timberlake and the Aykroyd/Belushi segments), but the Rush, AC/DC, and Timberlake-less Stones more than make up for it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Must for any AC/DC or Stones Fan. 20 Mar. 2005
By James Baack - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a great DVD that should be on a priority list for all Stones and AC/DC fans.

The great thing about this is the pure rawness of The Rolling Stones performance. I'll explain. I feel for too long the Stones on stage have been so polished and professional that its lost a little of the excitement. The feeling that I got from this is that they plugged in and let it kick. When Justin Timberlake performs "Miss You" with Mick and disappoving fans show their angnst by throwing bottles on stage, Keith stops playing and confronts them during the performance.

That was a beautiful throwback (if only for a moment) to "Gimme Shelter Glory Days".

When Angus and Malcom Young of AC/DC join the Stones on stage for "Rock Me Baby" the atmosphere is filled with pure magic. The chemistry and the way their playing complements each other brings chills.

I'm not sure why Justin Timberlake was included with the line up. This is a Rock and Roll Show- The fans were there to rock, not see an ex-member of a "boy band". I actually felt a little sorry for Justin, but it was clearly not his fault. That type of mix was too extreme for 490,000 people standing in the hot July sun drinking lots of beer and ready to feel power chords in their gut.

The extras are great too- its fun watching AC/DC and the Stones get along like old friends and possibly offer a glimpse of a North American tour maybe someday together.

If you are a Rolling Stones or AC/DC fan as I am, Take it from me, If you do not own this already,- Get it Today!....Hurry!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Justice not served to Toronto 23 July 2004
By Zak Remen - Published on
Format: DVD
Like many thousands upon thousands of other people, I also witnessed the concert live at the Downsview Park, and may I say that the only word to describe it was awsome, but this 2 Disc DVD set does not capture it.

The first problem is the fact that it is not the complete concert. OK so it would be almost impossible to have the entire concert in 2 disc's but they should have at least done it well. On the first disc everything seems alright, each band has at least 3 or so songs which more then enough covers the early acts.

But where things start to go sour is on disc 2, which should have been the most memoriable containing the star acts such as the Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and yes even Justin Timberlake. However, all the artists here seem to get LESS then 3 tracks, yes thats right LESS. AC/DC gave "a perfromance that won't ever be forgotten in these parts"(quoted from the booklet inside" get's 2 tracks, just 2, and that's a memoriable performance? They played 12 songs and they get 2??? The Guess Who also has 2/5 tracks on the disc, and Rush gets 3, which does not do this concert justice. And you would think that the Stones would get quite a few right? Nope. Instead, you get 6 tracks, but only 4 of them are done solely by the Stones withotu Justin Timberlake or AC/DC playing onstage. They get 4 tracks, which is the same amount as Sass Jordan received, and who gives a rat's buttux about Sass Jordan when you payed $19 for the concert, and $34 for the DVD, for the Stones, or maybe any of the other's that got the short end of the stick. O ya, and this would probably have gotten a 1 star if not for "Miss You" played with Justine Timberlake, and the reason I am saying this is if you watch really closely, you can see someone throwing something at Justine, brilliant.

The bonuses are nothing special, if you were there you probably won't care too much about some of htem, and the press conferance done after the show was the most interesting of the bunch, and runs far too short.

In conclusion only pick this up if you cna find it cheap, but I would recommend waiting for a box set which will(hopefully) arrive before a riot occur's over this travesty equal to taht of the Rolling Stones Altomount Concert.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 29 Jun. 2004
By northbayer - Published on
Format: DVD
visually it is terrific and the sound is amazing. Highly recommend getting the 2 disc canadian release to get much more of the concerts. Standouts were AC/DC, Guess Who (Randy Bachman was at his best),Kathleen Edwards very very good, and what can I say about the Stones...supreme.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
full day of rock, pot, and topless girls 24 Jun. 2004
By Matthew Grey - Published on
Format: DVD
When i first heard about this amazing concert i thought "no way in hell would i be able to afford tickets to that". But with toronto hurting so much from SARS they put the tickets at an incrediably low price of only $16 american. so me, my dad, and my cousin drove from rome, ny all the way to toronto just for this show. we got there a bit late so we only saw justin timberlake, the guess who, rush, ac/dc, and the stones but considering the price 5 bands were well worth it. timberlake isn't really my cup of tea but it was interesting watching him dogde water bottles throwen by ac/dc fans. i only knew one guess who song at the time (american woman) but they still put on a good set. i had seen rush the pervious summer and they did more or less the same set list as before but who could complain about nothing but hits? i was extremly excited about seeing such hard rock legends as ac/dc and they didn't disapoint me. the most high energy set i had ever seen in my life . they were better than any other band i had ever seen live (untill i went to ozzfest 10 days later. ozzy is the prince of darkness for a reason). during ac/dc i got lost from my dad and cousin so i decided to push my way as far up as i could for the stones cause i wasn't going to find them again in a crowd that size. i got up just a bit past the mixing tower before i couldn't make it through the crowd any more. the stones came out a bit late but as soon i as saw keith richards step out from behind the row of amps and hit the opening chords to "start me up" it more than made up for it. they had theier work cut out for them following ac/dc but they didn't dissapoint with a hits filled set list. i think it was around honky tonk women that i realized this was prolly going to be one of the highlights of my life. and now with this dvd i can remember it forever.
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