Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bad Religion - Live at the Palladium|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Since 1980, Bad Religion have been stunning the music world by mixing melody, thought, attitude, speed and ability. Live at the Palladium, filmed over two soldout nights at Hollywood's legendary Palladium last fall, serves... more »
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When the hills of Los Angeles are Rocking...
Bryan | Missouri, USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"instead of "Los Angeles is Burning", it's rocking on this DVD(point to the cheap seats dramatically like Greg Graffin)...
Having virutally never read or seen any interviews from the members of Bad Religion in the 13 years I've been listening to them, I had to get this. The interview segments are really good and they cover just about everything you would want to know except maybe why they changed drummers in 2001/2002. They cover everything from joining Atlantic records on the verge of Epitaph's exploding success with The Offspring in the early 90's to why guitarist co-founder Brett Guirweitz(sp) left the band in the mid-90's and rejoined for 'The Process of Belief' CD. You even get to see their parents get interviewed...to me, that's so unhip it's COOL. Be different, and they always have been with thier lyrics in particular. The live show is great, although I was let down slightly that they totally ignored some great albums. They played nothing from 'The New America' or 'No Substance' and played a lot of old stuff I was not familiar with(I started listening to the band with '93's Recipe for Hate CD onwards). I would've really liked them to play the incredibly melodic 'Portrait of Authority', 'Marked', 'Shades of Truth' and 'A Whisper in Time'... too poppy I guess which Greg Graffin hints out in the interviews. There are some funny moments too when Greg changes microphones while on stage and Chad is doing a drumroll for 'dramatic' effect and then he says 'eat your heart out Metallica'... The biggest surprise of the entire DVD is seeing Greg Graffin sitting at a piano and doing a solo rendition of The Gray Race's "Cease"... very impressive. Other highlights are "10 in 2010", "American Jesus", "Infected", "Sinister Rouge" and the sligtly poppy "Sorrow". A must buy for any BR fan. I always wondered, however, how the smartest dude in punk rock(Graffin) continues to write incredible lyrics when his brain can do so much more(like his recent thesis on evolution). The best punk band EVER. Period. If you listen to Sum 41, Good Charlotte and the like, you really need to listen to a REAL punk rock band. 'nuff said. Buy it. Steal it. Burn it. Borrow it. Just get the thing."
Bad Religion: Live At The Palladium
T. Lasky | Chatham, NY United States | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My advice to Bad Religion: Rip the audio from this, and release it as your next live CD. Like your labelmate's Dropkick Murphys did with Live At St. Patrick's (CD) and On The Road With Dropklck Murphys (DVD). Some of the songs here, were better than studio versions, in particularly Stranger Than Fiction and Along The Way. I liked Rise Against's singer's guest appearance as well. He didn't butcher the verse. Now, personally, I have a big hatred for barriers at punk shows, and thousands of bodyguards stopping kids from dancing/moshing, whatever. But that certainly doesn't affect the quality of the music, or the production. This is, without a doubt, the best DVD in my rather small, humble collection. Better than my DK DVD's, Sex Pistols, Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, my other BR DVD. None of them come close to this. A must have for any Bad Religion fan. And, once again I'd like to reiterate my point, release this as an audio disc Bad Religion. Seriously. Do it."
New Wave Theater!!!
Ben Ignored | 03/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is great. Production is above par for this medium and genre. At first I thought some of the songs were gussied up with overdubs, but after watching the whole thing I now think otherwise. The live concert show speaks for itself.
Interviews are intimate and insightful. Pay close attention, though, and tell me Brian Baker DIDN'T put his first band MINOR THREAT above BR (in the "Legacy" section). Arguably, he's right but I digress ...
Perhaps most delightful about this disc is the inclusion of 5 songs performed on New Wave Theater, an old cable show which those of us who have followed this band for the past 25 years used to stay up late to catch on USA Network's Nightflight.
All in all, this disc served to remind me how great punk rock can truly be, and specifically, how great Bad Religion is as a band, as a group of individuals, and as an ethic."
A great buy for sure. Nice performance but could have been a
John | Greece | 08/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Bad Religion fan for over 15 years I have to say that this DVD is amazing and that you surely get 'value for money'. It was really fortunate that the set list didn't include too many songs from the newer albums (which I don't enjoy as much as the classics) and that the picture and sound quality was truly satisfactory. The DVD's extras were also more that I could wish for, besides the absence of some video clips.
My only gripe lies with the bands performance. Although the guys play really well, as always, they are getting older and it kind of shows. They have slowed down the pace of almost all songs from No Control and Against The Grain and Greg Graffin doesn't put too much edge or passion in his voice. This results in some songs not sounding as good as they could have but the playing is still top notch! Another drawback IMO is Graffins absence of movement, it seems that he concentrates too much on delivering the vocals 100% correctly and doesn't move much nor jump around as in the early days. This gives the impression of a band that plays really tight but it is kind of still in stage presence (although Hetson and Brett spice things up at a few instances). The last thing that bothers me a bit is that the guitarists have changed the solos to "Modern Man" and "I Want To Conquer The World" a bit...why?
Besides those few gripes the concert footage is amazing and the renditions of "Come Join Us", "American Jesus", "10 In 2010", "Recipe For Hate", "Do What You Want", "Cease" and "Sorrow" are some of the bands best ever! The crowd seems to be really crazy and that surely brings forth the feeling of energy that this amazing band transmits to its fans. The interviews were interesting also, although I would have liked to know what truly happened to the bands previous drummer Bobby (a medical problem with his arms?).
All in all a really great buy for any fan of Bad Religion, don't pay too much attention to my nit picking...Although I still believe that the bands best video is "Big Bang" which has never been released on DVD...