Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lyve- The Vicious Cycle Tour|
Actors: Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson
Director: Jon Small
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 08/23/2005
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A Great Performance And Excellent Picture Quality!
highway_star | Hallandale, Florida United States | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd's lastest dvd is from their "Vicious Cycle" tour and was recorded in Nashville,Tennessee at The Amsouth Amphitheatre on July 11, 2003. After watching the dvd I'm convinced this is much better than their "Lyve From Steel Town" concert. The group sounds great and new drummer Michael Cartellone (from the Damn Yankees) sounds great as does new bassist Ean Evans who replaced longtime Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson who passed away recently. The band includes songs from their latest cd "Vicious Cycle" such as "That's How I Like It", "Pick'Em Up", "Red White And Blue" and "The Way". For the first time Skynyrd uses a small orchestra which definately is a nice addition and classic songs such as "Tuesday's Gone" and "Freebird" sound better than ever with the use of the orchestra. The band goes thru their classics such as "What's Your Name", "I Know A Little", "Gimme Three Steps", "Call Me The Breeze", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Simple Man", and a medley of "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Double Trouble", and "The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe". On "Travelin' Man" lead singer Johnny Van Zant alternates singing with his brother, the late Ronnie Van Zant by means of having a screen placed above the group on stage with Ronnie shown singing (from one of the group's 70's concert footage) part of the verse which is recorded perfectly in sync with Lynyrd Skynyrd as they play along. The picture quality of this dvd is excellent and there are alot of closeups of Ricky Medlocke, Huey Thomasson and Gary Rossington playing and alternating guitar licks. The sound quality of this dvd is superb for the most part except that on some songs Huey Thomasson's guitar is not as loud as the other guitarists. This dvd is an absolute must have for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans and those who enjoy listening to seventy's southern rock. Buy it, I guarantee you will not be dissapointed. Highly Recommended!"
This band earned the right to stand on this stage
TexanMGM | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, maybe Johnny Van Zant will never write a "Saturday Night Special" or "Free Bird." And yes, Ronnie's gone, so are Allen, Steve, and Leon. Artimus and Ed, for whatever reasons, have been kicked to the curb. That leaves Gary and Billy and other musicians. So what? The fact that this band is calling itself Lynryd Skynyrd and performing songs by the original band and doing its best to keep going after 30 years does not automatically imply greed, stupidity or a hidden agenda. There are a lot of people who want to buy a ticket and hear this music loud and live. No, this is not a DVD of "One More From The Road." It is a gathering of survivors and fellow travelers who are proudly celebrating the 30 year legacy of a true American legend. It's a stronger and more joyful performance than "Lyve from Steel Town" (even though that concert has its moments too). Maybe we could stop punishing these folks for not being something that they can never be (the "original" Lynryd Skynyrd) and, in the words of Bocephus himself, "leave them boys alone and let 'em sing their songs." Johnny is not trying to BE his brother, he is honoring him. There is a big, big difference."
Lyve Skynyrd Is Fantastic
TexanMGM | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lynyrd Skynyrd is my very favorite southern rock band. Everything from their stunning debut Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, to their second album Second Helping, and their classic live album One More From The Road. Skynyrd has put out many classic songs including Free Bird, Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, What's Your Name, and Simple Man, just to name a few. Though they've had tragic turnings, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains one of the greatest U.S. rock bands.
The concert was recorded on July 11, 2003, at the AmSouth Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tennessee, during their Vicious Cycle Tour. The set list for this concert was hit after hit. Here's the set list:
1. That's How I Like It
2. What's Your Name
3. I Know A Little
4. Pick 'Em Up
5. Simple Man
6. That Smell
7. Red White and Blue
8. Down South Jukin' (1:30)
9. Gimme Back My Bullets (2:10)
10. Double Trouble (1:45)
11. The Ballad of Curtis Loew
12. Tuesday's Gone
13. Mississippi Kid
15. Gimme Three Steps
16. Call Me The Breeze
17. Sweet Home Alabama
18. Travelin' Man
19. The Way
20. Free Bird
That's How I Like It, Pick 'Em Up, Red White and Blue, and The Way are the new songs off Vicious Cycle. Travelin' Man is the only song on the DVD that doesn't appear on the CD soundtrack. Down South Jukin', Gimme Back Your Bullets, and Double Trouble are blended into a medley with each song being played for their listed times. Free Bird clocks in at 12 minutes, and Tuesday's Gone comes in at 9 minutes.
The DVD is awesome. The concert was filmed in High Definition, making the picture quality superb. (The DVD isn't in High Definition, but it's very clear). Plus, the concert is in 5.1 surround sound! So with the big widescreen television and the 5.1 surround system, Lynyrd Skynyrd really comes to life. Johnny does a great job as a replacement for his late brother Ronnie. This DVD was my first time seeing Johnny as lead singer and I really enjoyed him.
The bonus features include:
1. A Lynyrd Skynyrd on-screen biography
2. The Red White and Blue music video
3. A photo gallery
4. A Jim Bean video
Nothing is real special here, unless you like the song Red White and Blue.
In the end, you get a great 5.1 surround sound, crystal clear picture quality, Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD for a list price of 15 dollars. That's 10 dollars less than the CD soundtrack. I highly recommend this DVD for any southern or classic rock fan.
If you like this DVD, then you'll also like these Lynyrd Skynyrd Cds:
1. Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
2. Second Helping
3. One More From The Road (Live Album)
4. Street Survivors
5. Thyrty (Greatest Hits Compilation)"
Spirited, Energetic & Flat Out Kicks...
"The Woj" | Downers Grove, IL | 01/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ya' got three of Southern Rocks best guitarist (Rossington, Medlocke & Thomasson), spirited vocals from Johnny Van Zant (he can sing like a mutha & ain't in nobody's shadow), one of rock best drummers (ex-Damn Yankee, Ted Nugent band drummer Michael Cartellone), a back catalogue of great songs, and the infused spirit of brothers Ronnie, Allen, Steve & Leon to give the band a major league, Southern fried hard rockin' kick in the @ss. The songs are performed flawlessly with supercharged energy & emotion. The sound and camera work are first class. And like I said before, the triple guitar attack needs to be seen and heard to be believed (Ronnie knows his mules are back in town, "pretty boy included"!!). Absolutely no one who has ever been, still is or will be a Skynyrd fan should pass on this dvd. 10 stars if I could; it's that good!"