This legendary concert was staged at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 5, 1972, the largest and most prestigious venue in the UK. Director Peter Clifton captured the best of the excitement on film. Performers included Little Rich... more »ard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jer« less
Actors:Little Richard, Bo Diddley Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Rock & Roll Studio:Mvd Visual Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 11/20/2001 Original Release Date: 01/01/1972 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972 Release Year: 2001 Run Time: 1hr 24min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 2 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English See Also:
"I loved this DVD. It's very campy. Some might say its so bad its good. You've got to check out Screaming Lord Sutch. This guy is nuts. Before there was Kiss or Marylin Manson, their was Screaming Lord Sutch. Rock and Roll meets the Haunted Mansion. And by the way, is that Ritchie Blackmore playing the guitar for Lord Sutch? They give you a brief glimpse of the lead guitar player. It looks like a young Ritchie Blackmore; I know he played for Lord Sutch early in his career. Lord Sutch also has a stripper in his act that I enjoyed. I also loved the interview with Little Richard. He's nuts too. I love his quote "It's not the size of the boat that makes you seasick; its the waves in the ocean". Right on, Richard. Also check out Jerry Lee Lewis pounding that piano. The Killer lives! The quality of this DVD is not up to todays standards, but still, you have to have this one in your collection."
Too little, too late
Phil S. | USA | 06/25/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The "Rock and Roll Revival", which [unofficially] started in 1969 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, was by 1972 getting a little tired and you can see this clearly in this documentary from the summer of '72: the most popular "oldie" acts, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, seem to have a mid-life crisis during their sets - the fact that Richard arrived with about one-half his musical complement (featuring a new drummer in search of a beat in key spots) and Chuck delivered the expected semi-mess (with the presumptive pick-up band), and that both guys are burdened with failing microphones, only made matters worse. Jerry Lee Lewis read 'em (the stage tech.s) the riot act early on in his set when he expressed his own feelings *musically* when it seems a plug got loose. Richard's earlier highly successful European visits have now been well documented in Chas White's and Paul MacPhail's books and elsewhere and here we have a huge crowd at a famous venue - Wembley - and a set which on film resembles a tentative rehearsal, though his physics-defying piano on "Good Golly, Miss Molly" is mesmerizing to say the least. His best moment comes during an interview when he demonstrates his operatic range on a bit of "I Believe". But even in the quietude of a dressing room, automobile horns are faintly heard in the background, and once again The Quasar cannot really strut his stuff. It has been reported that Chuck Berry got the hurrahs that day -the press got all over Richard for stretching out six songs over an hour and by losing touch with parts or all of the crowd. Bill Haley and Bo Diddley do not seem to have had any problems, and their contributions are mildly entertaining. Mick Jagger is on hand to offer a few thoughts on the proceedings."
The Endless Music
Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 10/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you need to know every musical detail of Chuck Berry's long rock and roll career give this a pass. If you need to know the history of the black contribution to the rise of rock and roll in the 1950's by such legends as Little Richard, Bo Didderly and the aforementioned give this a pass. You can find all of that and much more on the 4-disc tribute Hail, Hail Rock and Roll by Taylor Hackford in celebration of Chuck's 60th birthday. However, if you want a flat out good one hour and a half of straight rock and roll music by the legends listed above along with `bad boy' Jerry Lee Lewis and others the this is your stop.
This 1972 concert only shows it age on the question of the fashion statements made by the audience at the time. The music by Lewis, Little Richard and Bo Didderly reprises their classic hits and other tunes that go back into historic memory of the rise of rock and rock in the fifties. These guys are all middle-aged at the time and may have lost a step but they still can belt out the tunes. Special tribute should be paid to Chuck Berry's performance, despite a strange interruption by some technical snafu at the end, who pulls out all the stops musically, stylistically and just giving off good vibes. "
Nostalgia purposes only
N. De Rosa | 05/27/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The London Rock & Roll Show
Buy this DVD for historical purposes or if you are feeling a bit nostalgic...but never, ever, buy it for the substandard and badly performed music."
Fun if you know what you're getting into
Danno | NY, NY | 01/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD chronicles an early-1970s all-star Rock and Roll show at Wembley. This was during an era when vintage rock was rapidly being remerchandized as "Sha-na-na" type nostalgia, so half the crowd seems to be dressed like they're auditioning for roles on "Happy Days." The other half seems to have wandered in from a Slade concert by mistake.
Still, it's great to see quality color footage of so many vintage acts when they were still relatively young. Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, and Chuck Berry are all here and eating up the attention given to them by their younger fans. The Berry set is particularly good, and makes a nice counterpoint to his "Hail Hail Rock and Roll" film. It's also neat seeing virtually all these titans snipe at one another claiming that they are the "true" King of rock.
I've seen virtually all these acts live years ago, so perhaps nostalgia is coloring my review. For what it's worth, watching this DVD helped bring back a lot of nice memories of many live shows over the years. I think that if you buy this video with that in mind, you will not be disappointed."