Great Fun and Serious Rock
R. dolce | evanston, illinois United States | 04/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I should explain two things before I write this. First, I really hate oldies bands. I really feel that if a performer isn't doing something new he/she should be doing something else. Second, Ringo has always been my favorite Beatle. So whenever Ringo's All Starr Band would come through Chicago, which was every year, I'd shudder, and consider and talk myself out of going. Since I acquired this DVD (and the three CD audio release) that decision has become one of my lasting regrets.These bands really rock. Not only do these guys rock, they reinterpret these classic rock warhorses and make them sound fresh. Brilliant, inspired playing and singing abound but there are enough wrong notes and miscues to indicate that these bands are not over-rehearsed and that the performances are not overdubbed or corrected. Ringo's voice is best described as refreshingly ordinary, inviting the listener to join in whenever he sings.Some highlights: Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Dr. John pass around verses during "The Weight". Felix Cavaliere demonstrates that he's still in great voice in "Groovin'". Peter Frampton demonstrates that all that mid '70's hype was richly deserved. During "Sunshine Of your Love" he tears a hole in the DVD. His playing is fluid, his ideas just flow and his phrasing proves that he's successfully studied the Hendrix canon. He plays well over the solid drumming of Simon Kirke and Ringo and the subtly shifting bass of Jack Bruce (also still in great voice). He follows "Sunshine" with a stunning cover of "Norwegian Wood" accompanying himself only on a twelve string acoustic guitar. His performance alone is almost worth the price of the DVD. Elsewhere, Randy Bachman rocks on "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", Todd Rundgren makes "the world get stupid" with "Bang The Drum All Day" and the professorial Gary Brooker leads the talent heavy ensemble (Ringo, Kirke, Bruce, Frampton and Mark Rivera) in "A Whiter Shade Of Pale."This DVD is rock at it's finest. Despite their advanced ages, the members of these bands still know how to do it. Makes me hope Ringo comes back to Chicago soon."
You don't have to be over 40 to enjoy classic rock
Sulphur Fury | Chicagoland, USA | 01/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hi I just had to write this because I saw several reviews saying, "well, if you're over 40..." Well, me and all of my friends are between 18-28 and our history with the songs are growing up listening to them on the radio: classic rock radio. We know a lot of kids out there who put on classic rock radio to party to, because basically, we have seen and met them at the shows over the years.
For those of us who went to the shows, with our various seats either close up or way in the back, this is an excellent way to relive the memories. For you kids just getting into it, you can see right here that as you age, if you want, you can just keep on getting better. Peter Frampton is still one of the most amazing guitarists on the planet. Jack Bruce's bass solos are mesmerizing. Todd Rundgren, Dave Edmunds, Billy Preston, just LOOK at the song listing for this DVD.
To have Ringo Starr on drums for them all can be a Beatle fan's delight, but it's more of a classic rock fantasy dream - and all the members of the All Starr Band are Beatles fans just like the rest of us. Who would have thought? Now you know. They do justice to Ringo's most well known Beatles songs, too.
For Ringo fans, here you can witness his concert comeback develop from his steady start back on the scene in 1989 thru 2000. Quitting alcohol and other drugs gave us a new and improved Ringo Starr, musician, who continues getting better. Ringo's rendition of his #1 solo hits are straightforward. "Back Off Boogaloo" is a great riff and it gets a near heavy metal treatment. Ringo does his time tested job of keeping the backbeat and doing his "trademark" fills when needed, keeping his presence known in the back while each band member, rock stars in their own right, get the chance to shine.
If you go to see Ringo on tour lately and happen to be impressed by his drum solos and how he drums now, look to this video to see who helped get this, one of THE GREATEST drummers in rock, back on par in the concert scene. Ringo rocks, and his All Starr Band is a must see for anyone into rock music.
Keep on rocking, and I'll see you at the next show."
GREAT TO HAVE RINGO AVAILABLE ON DVD!
H. Brown | 10/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, this is a GREAT DVD! GREAT PERFORMANCES, GREAT SOUND AND EXCELLENT PICTURE QUALITY! Second, ... review says "he may be "only Ringo" but he's still a former Beatle..."! I take mild offense to that because Ringo's drum beat held The Beatles together musically and he performs his unforgettable, timless Beatles and solo hits masterfully on this DVD! He also demonstrates his prowess and versitility as a drummer on the hits of others in the various versions of the "All-Starr Band"! Image Entertainment, and all involved in the production, did a GREAT JOB with this DVD! Why Ringo's talents continue to be underrated is beyond me! If you are a fan of ANY PERFORMER on this DVD, buy a copy! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!"
Do yourself a favor, buy this one!
H. Brown | Omaha, Nebraska United States | 10/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is The Ringo and His All*Stars best, highlighting all of the tours best material from five tours. I was lucky to catch the final group set on this DVD in Mesa, Arizona. I understand that there was so much material to choose from, but I sure wish Ringo would have included Frampton covering his own tunes. Frampton and Bruce do battle with bass and guitar and it's VERY GOOD, but when I saw them, Jack Bruce did a fantastic bass lead break that lasted about 10 minutes. The band had left the stage for water and cool towels. I thought the way the band acted, it was an unplanned break. Evidently, I was right.
If you get a chance to see Ringo, do it! If not, this DVD will pacify you. It is much better than the other Ringo DVDs that are from one tour."