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on 14 June 2012
Just the facts for your cosnumption. I am 36yo and have been a fan of the band since their inception, i have all that they have published. I bought this on Blu-Ray, i have a high-end TV, Speakers and Receiver. So picture quality and sound not the issue. The issues are its so over produced the music sounds sterile, its was too clean, this is Rock n Roll and it has no personality. The dizzying change ups between camera shots ruins it for me, no single shot lasts for more that 3-4 seconds, you are constantly readjusting. It looks more like a TV produced concert for MTV/ VH1 than a typically filmed concert, it should be one that gives you the feel of being there.
As a band yes they are super tight, yes each member masters their own instrument and yes the song selection is decent, you can't please everyone(glaring omission 'In loving Memory').
My real beef with this effort and you will have had to have seen the Live in Amsterdam dvd to understand my concern. There is no FIRE in the belly of these guys, perhaps they are so in awe of playing Wembley, but they very rarely get out of 3rd gear. No angst, no pain from near exhaustion, no taking a moment to cathch their breath. It is just an ok effort, for me event the crowd was 'just content' with seeing them, no carnage, no bodies, no one being pushed over the barriers and carted of on stretchers.....yes these guys arent metal but they sure as hell can rock, we have all seen that.
This is pedestrian at best and if im being honest i was ultimately dissapointed at the end of the show, it was a Friday night when i watched and there were beers aplenty. I immediately put on the Amsterdam dvd to make sure that i had not incorrectly remembered the band in a different light, no i didnt, they were on fire back then, this time it was unforutnately a 'paint by numbers' effort, i wont be watching this concert again. but i look forward to their next effort.