"Every "review" I've seen so far (3/24) has been from people who were at the show but nobody has said anything about the DVD, which is what you're buying right? Unless you're paying $20 to have the bands come and play at your house I guess. So I figured I'll tell you what you're thinking about buying since there's no real description yet from Amazon (although there probably will be by the time this posts... making me look like a bigger idiot).
It's a 2 disc set. On the first disc is Motley's entire 14 song set, from Kickstart My Heart until they close after Home Sweet Home. There's also Tommy T Cam in case you're wondering. On disc 2 you get 2 songs from Trapt (Contagious, Headstrong), 2 from Sixx A.M. (Pray for Me, Life is Beautiful), 3 from Papa Roach (Time Is Running Out, Forever, Last Resort) and 3 from Buckcherry (Lit Up, Sorry, Crazy Bitch). You also get a few bonus bits with a short documentary and 6 of Motley Crue's videos (White Trash Circus, Saints, Primal Scream, Looks That Kill, Live Wire, Kickstart).
So you know the bands, you know the songs, the sound quality is decent (5.1 and stereo) and the video footage was shot with 15 camera angles so you can see it all up close. Lots of value for the money."
Great live DVD for people who were there and those who misse
Orion | 03/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let me start by saying I was also at Crue Fest 2008, the Maryland Heights (St Louis MO) show to be exact. This might make me a little more biased towards this DVD because it is a great memory for me, being it is a replica of the show I saw.
The mix is well done, very good for a live recording. The only drawback to it is when the crowd is singing along you don't hear them hardly at all, they are edited almost completely out of it. Not a bad thing through out most of the songs but I figured they might boost the audience a bit for the crowd sing a longs a little more. The bands however sound phenomenal, and the choice of songs from all the opening sets were good picks I thought. Very solid video, it is pretty polished.
As was already mentioned in another review, there are 2 discs. Disc 1 is the entire Motley Crue set, beginning to end, and the only weak song on here is Kickstart My Heart. Sadly, as it is the opener, Vince did pretty bad on the vocals here, and I don't recall him doing as poor when I watched them last year. Might have been just been a bad start for him.. The rest of the set is fantastic, vocals and all. Pyros, lights, fire, more pyros, a guitar solo from Mick, Tommy's infamous boob cam, and an encore that ends with Home Sweet Home.
Disc 2 is Trapt, Sixx AM, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry with some backstage/offstage footage clips and interviews with each of them. If you missed the show and like Motley Crue, I would definitely pick this up. If your buying it just for the opening bands, while they sound great there are only a handful of songs on here, so you might want to pass.
Here is the inside cover of the DVD case so you know exactly what songs/footage are in it are in it
Disc 1: MOTLEY CRUE
Kickstart My Heart/Wild Side/Shout at the Devil/Saints of Los Angeles/Live Wire/Sick Love Song/Tit E Cam/MF of the Year/Don't Go Away Mad/Same Ole Situation/Primal Scream/Looks That Kill/Girls Girls Girls/Dr. Feelgood/Home Sweet Home
Disc 2: TRAPT- Contaigiuos/Headstrong SIXX AM- Pray For Me/Life is Beautiful PAPA ROACH -Time is Running Out/Forever/Last Resort BUCKCHERRY- Lit Up/Sorry/Crazy Bitch
Bonus Video (part of Disc 2) Cruefest 2008 all "excess" pass documentary MOTLEY CRUE videos White Trash Circus/Saints of Los Angeles/Primal Scream/Looks That Kill/Live Wire/Kickstart My Heart"
Good DVD, but not in the same league as Carnival Of Sins
Joker | Michigan | 04/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I attended Crue Fest last year. Awesome show. I watched the DVD once tonight, and I can tell you that I noticed some things immediately when I was watching it and throughout the entire DVD. One thing that jumped out at me immediately was the sound quality. Compared to the Carnival Of Sins DVD, the sound isn't as good. It sounds more canned and mono. I also noticed some not-so-spectacular film editing. There are too many close-ups of the band members' hands, feet, heads, etc. The editing in general is too fast-paced. You'll see just a guitar on the screen for a .44 seconds, then you'll see a guy's head for .78 seconds, then the audience for 1.21 seconds, etc. Get what I mean? The transitions from scene to scene (such as when a song ends, and before a new song begins) are not edited very well, either. The editing on Carnival Of Sins is far better. Carnival Of Sins is edited at a fast pace, but it is a lot more watchable than this one. Also, there seems to be more down time between songs on this DVD, whether it was intentionally or unintentionally done when editing, or the band taking more time between songs. Also, I feel that some things that I saw at the actual live concert last year could've been included on this DVD. The cameras could have captured certain things, such as the audience more and the overall surroundings.
I think one of the reasons why this DVD isn't as good as Carnival Of Sins is because the show's theme and the show itself, in my opinion, wasn't quite as good as on the Carnival Of Sins (Red, White, & Crue) tour. In my opinion, the Carnival Of Sins tour and the carnival theme were their best show and theme in the history of the band. That was a tough act to follow. I understand that the band only plays for an hour and a half at Crue Fest, compared to much longer on regular tours from the past, so there are limitations as to what they can pull off compared to a tour like Carnival Of Sins. Very simply, the Crue Fest 2008 DVD isn't as entertaining as Carnival Of Sins because the theme isn't as lively and visually stunning as Carnival Of Sins. The editing of the DVD doesn't help either, as I said before.
Overall, this isn't a bad DVD. It just isn't as good as their previous tour. There is a good lineup of songs. I don't think Vince Neil was totally 'on' that night. He gives a weak performance on the opening song of the concert, Kickstart My Heart. After that, he's pretty much typical Vince Neil. If you listen closely, Tommy Lee misses a couple of beats later on in the show. Other than that, a strong performance on the drums. Mars and Sixx are great as usual. I give this DVD 4 stars because any Motley Crue concert DVD is way better and more entertaining than most bands out there. The second DVD in this set has footage from the other bands involved in Crue Fest (Trapt, Sixx A.M., Papa Roach, and Buckcherry) . It is OK, nothing great, although the camera work and editing seems to be better than the first DVD. I didn't care (and don't care) for those bands anyway when I saw the concert in Clarkston, Michigan on July 15, 2008. With the exception of Sixx A.M., those bands are what I call "concession stand bands". When they're on stage, I go to the concession stand and/or the bathroom, make a cell phone call or two, or just wander around the venue. But I guess Motley Crue needs a few bands to fill up the time. They wanted to choose current bands of today. Unfortunately, the bands of today can't hold a candle to the bands of yesteryear. Buckcherry is a terrible band who has a lead singer who thinks he's so cool. The song Crazy Bitch (which appears on this DVD) is a good example. It's as low as you can go. The last song Buckcherry played at the concert I went to had something to do with getting incredibly drunk or something like that. It was LOUSY, and the people I was with agreed. No talent whatsoever, and stupid low-life pre-school lyrics. If you want to buy just one of the two DVDs I mentioned, get the Carnival Of Sins DVD (if it's still available). It is not dated (2005), just 3 years older than Crue Fest."
Crue Fest 2008
Jose L. Velez-rodriguez | 06/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must for the crueheads!! Not only I was pleasantly surprised to see that the newer bands sound awesome but Motley Crue still rules!! The boys are still living in the wild side,kicking butt and having a great time,very good piece of work."
RLS | 04/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing the video on HD TV, I wasn't expecting much. However, I was surprised to find that the quality of the video/audio was superb. Granted, I am a Crue Fan. Convinced me to purchase Crue Fest II tickets this year. Be careful, could be addictive...."