Paul McCartney hosts and gives a rare live performance at PETA's Concert for Party Animals--a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of stars who have made the fight for animal rights one of today's most popular causes. Includes app... more »earances by Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Cho, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, Andy Dick, Anne Heche, Ricki Lake, Bill Maher, Brian McKnight, Kathy Najimy, Alicia Silverstone and more! Songs:
Angel (Sarah McLachlan), Love Shack (The B-52's), Roam (The B-52's with Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan), Rock Lobster (The B-52's), I'll Stand By You (Chrissie Hynde and The B-52's), Honey Hush, Brown-Eyed Handsome Man, No Other Baby, Try Not To Cry, Lonesome Town, Run Devil Run (Paul McCartney).« less
"I'll be honest, the ONLY reason I got this DVD is for Paul McCartney. As a hardcore Macca fan, it was a must-have. Paul performs six songs, which closes out the program (which runs just over an hour). He appears in various spots earlier introducing guests.
The non-McCartney material okay. There's some stand-up comedy from Ellen Degeneres and Margaret Cho. Sarah McLachlan performs her song "Angel" as a Linda McCartney tribute. The B-52's do a fairly entertaining 3 song set. Chrissie Hynde does one tune, "I'll Stand by You".
The whole program was designed to raise awareness of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It's a more than worthy cause.(EDIT 07/06: Since writing this review, I have come to realize that PETA is a group of extremists and I do not in anyway support their organization) The bonus features on this disc consist primarily of PETA-produced, celebrity hosted videos which are basically exposes of fur farms, puppy mills, and other businesses which torture animals. I watched one- on fur farms- and it was just too hard to view, so I didn't look at the other ones. As the DVD case warns, the videos contain very graphic and disturbing footage.
Getting back to McCartney, I think most people will be attracted to this release for his mini-concert. If you don't have his "Live at the Cavern Club" DVD, buy it first. That performance is with the same band and it is all McCartney-- simply the best Macca live video available. But if you, like me, think that the "Run Devil Run" band was great- you'll want to pick this up too. It is not hyperpole to say that the "Run Devil Run" band is McCartney's BEST group since 1969. It took him 30 years, but he managed to put together a fantastic rock group, yes ROCK group. David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd)on guitar and Ian Paice (of Deep Purple) on drums really help make this band soar. Macca is in great voice as they tear through 6 tracks from the "Run Devil Run" album, including the title track (which is NOT performed on the "Cavern Club" DVD). McCartney fumbles the lyrics to the second verse, but it just adds to the looseness of the performance."
Crank Up The Volume!
Julie A Ross | Pleasant Hill, CA United States | 09/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great rock 'n' roll performance by Paul McCartney. To close the 68 minute performance Paul plays six songs from his "Run Devil Run" album, including the title track (which is not seen in the Cavern Club DVD). Also performing are the B-52s, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. But here's a warning: the music here rocks, but the bonus features are very upsetting. Don't watch them. But do watch Paul, for he will rock you to death. Also recommended is the Paul McCartney Live at the Cavern Club DVD."
I was there....
OckGal | Maryland, USA | 02/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A friend and I had long since wanted to to to CA and we finally did. Being at this very formal event surrounded by people who love and care about animals was such a wonderful experience. The ceremony was incredibly moving and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that there wasn't a single dry eye at the time. The concert was after the ceremony and you were able to get right up close to the little stage. While I was a bit disappointed that Paul only did his latest songs, he looked and sounded great, and everyone had a fabulous time. Having some of this experience on film is extremely cool. Those who say it's boring apparently weren't there. It was more than just a concert. It was about people being together and sharing a common cause. Maybe it seemed boring because the mood of the event wasn't always 100% happy. A lot of emotions were there that evening."
Two paws up!
stephane gagne | 05/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, the B-52's, and Sarah McClachlan, Margaret Cho and Ellen Degeneres performing to help animals. You'll certainly laugh--and if you don't get a little misty-eyed during the tribute to Linda McCartney, please check your pulse."
stephane gagne | 10/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The best thing in this concert is the B-52's, they sing their best songs, they stole the show."