A Deeply moving and Heartfelt tribute
Joyce T. Powell | Jacksonville, FL USA | 11/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember watching this telecast thinking America will rise up from the ashes of the 9/11 stronger and more determined to spread the ideals of democracy than ever before. Sadly, due to this horrific event and the panic it caused, Americans have had give up certain freedoms in the name of national security. But that's neither here or there when discussing this stellar concert DVD. Many of the performances are just as powerful and revealing as they were in September of 01'.
Some of the highlights for me are:
Bruce Springsteen - "My City of Ruin"
Beautiful harmonies and classic Springsteen lyrics...full of imagery and faith in humanity.
U2 - "Walk On"
"You got to leave it behind..." Bono at his anthemic best.
Faith Hill - "There Will Come a Day"
One of Mississippi's finest...what a powerful voice. First to use the gospel choir to uplift.
Enrique Iglesias - "Hero"
I know a lot of people dislike/hate this performance, but aside from his dramatic grand gestures, the song is beautiful. I feel like he tried to put a lot of passion into his performance that comes across sometimes as cheesy. Enrique's "Hero" is a lot more geniune than the Mariah "Scary" version. Another good use of the gospel choir.
Billy Joel - "New York State of Mind"
The quintessential New Yorker pledging his allegiance to his beleaguered city. A saxaphone accompanist (Dave Koz, Steve Eisen?) hits the right note for the melancholy performance.
Dixie Chicks - "I Believe in Love"
Natalie Maines sings with a plantive wail and the Chicks harmonies are sad and sweet. Martie Seidel's fiddle is a fine 6th man.
Dave Matthews - "Everyday"
One man, one voice, one guitar. "All you need is love"...indeed.
Bon Jovi - "Livin' On a Prayer"
I always liked this song but after this performance I LOVE this song, Bon Jovi's arrangement is excellent, Jon Bon Jovi vocals were inspired along with the great musicianship as well. Also another awesome violin accompaniment. Bon Jovi did Jersey proud.
All in all this is a outstanding concert DVD to own, although the tone is relective and somber, it is ultimately hopeful as well."