As someone who was actually at the Lyceum on the night that in 1984 that Johnny Thunders performed with the Heartbreakers once more, this DVD was a must for me.
Great though it was to re-live that night, there were a few disappointments with the production. Apart from the rather bizarre snippets of Johnny at the airport or acting in his French movie, the gig itself was severely truncated.
Part of the joy of Johnny for me was his unpredictability, and on this night he began the gig so completely 'out of it' that his singing was terribly off on 'Personality Crisis', and from that moment guitarist Walter Lure took over for much of the first half of the set. On the DVD, the vocals have either been quite obviously overdubbed or the sound is from a completely different gig altogether (possibly the 1976 Gig featured in brief snippets on the disc).
Personally, I would have prefered a more honest film, and the singing on these tracks be left as it was. After all, it was all part of what Johnny was about, and, indeed, part of the attraction.
The disc definitely improves in the second half of the gig, once Johnny manages to put together some vocals! Everything clicks into place with 'In Cold Blood' and from that moment on it is possible to properly re-live a great night and enjoy the whole Thunders live experience without obvious overdubs (even if Walter Lure does look rather fed up with Johnny's ramblings at times).
I took my camera to this gig, and while I was unable to spot myself in the crowd at any point it was cetainly fun - and slightly surreal after 20 years - spotting my own camera flashes at moments that match the stills in my photo album.