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A fantastic performance, but where's Joe?!,
This review is from: Aerosmith: You Gotta Move [DVD] (DVD)
Since 'Honkin' on Bobo' was released, an awful lot of 'long time' Aerosmith fans have been howling in disgust. I guess they haven't been paying attention. Aerosmith have their roots in blues as surely as Led Zep do.
This DVD shows that Aerosmith have become the band that they always should have been. When the five of them got together, this is how they should have been, before the drugs, Elyssa, the re-discovery . . . This is the band as they should have evolved into after 'Draw the Line'. The creative and musical energy is so thick that you can reach out and grab handfuls of it.
And this performance showcases them as an amazing live band. Free from the drugs and tensions, they are an amazing cohessive group that produce a sound unrivialed by any band today. They are a band that remind us why it's not only worth issuing live albums, but waiting with rabid anticipation for them to come out.
If you're a 'long time fan' then this DVD should leave you with the grin and warm feeling that it left me with - the drugs are gone, the problems the drugs were muting are gone, and all that's left are five amazing guys who just want to rock, and pull it off with style. If you're just a fan of rock music, then this is something right out our mid-seventies hay-day, a live performance that you can reach out and touch, something vital and alive, not like all those Zep bootlegs or Sabbath albums which echo like ghosts in empty corridors.
The extras are also well worth looking at - especially the 'Making of Bobo' one. You'll see what I mean about the band being the band they always should have been. Bobo is something they've brought with all the blood, sweet, tears, MTV music videos and brass over-dubs of the last 20 years, and they've earnt it, and thank God they've done it.
So, why only 4 stars? Well, two reasons. Two BIG reasons.
1) They have members of the band talking over the intros to the songs. They talk over 'Back in the Saddle' and 'Sweet E'. We don't get to hear the intros, because Steven is talking to us. He never listens to me when I tell him to shut the hell up. The production guy who thought that'd be a good idea is going to be doing some serious time in hell for that one.
2) We can't hear Joe's guitar. Seriously, it's like the guy who was in charge of putting all the instruments onto the soundtrack for the video flicked the input marked 'Joe' to 'mute'. We only really get to hear him when it's quiet enough for Steven's mike to pick his sound up from his amps. An Aerosmith performance without Joe Perry? Well, it does give us the chance to listen to the rythm section, and catch some amazing performances from Tom and Brad. Yeah, we actually get to hear the bass line to all those songs! Every cloud, they say, and no point in focusing on the grey when you can look at the silver.
Oh, and on the subject of Joe . . . well, you're in for a surprise. I think he ate something.