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Live in Belgium
Live in Belgium
Genres: Music Video & Concerts


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: King Japan
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2008
Release Year: 2008
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Import
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Not as exciting as it should have been
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 08/20/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Live in Belgium is the first DVD release by Pride of Lions, an AOR/melodic rock band that features former Survivor guitarist Jim Peterik and relative newcomer Toby Hitchcock sharing the lead vocal duties.

The main program:
The concert was filmed at a large outdoor festival in Belgium, so the band benefits from a good sized and fairly enthusiastic crowd. The band serves up a dozen or so songs taken from their first two studio albums (Pride of Lions and The Destiny Stone) as well as a few gems from the Survivor catalogue. The Survivor songs obviously get the best response from the crowd, but that's to be expected. Vocalist Toby Hitchcock seems a bit too restrained for this kind of event. He gives a powerful vocal performance, but his stage presence needs work. He moves around on stage a bit, and even ventures into the audience, but he just doesn't bring much emotion or energy to the table. The guy needs to spend some time with a stack of Journey and Whitesnake DVDs to see how a "rock star" frontman should act on stage.

The bonus material:
This is a no-frills DVD release. You have the standard track selection and your choice of audio output options, but aside from a brief TV appearance, there isn't much in the way of bonus material.

The verdict:
With so little bonus material, the strength of this DVD rests entirely on the concert footage, which just isn't as exciting as it should have been. I almost never recommend the audio CD of a live performance over the DVD, but I have to do so in this case. At least with that version you get an extra disc of bonus tracks.