Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
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.
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.