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DVD Review: ZZ Top Live At Montreux 2013

September 15, 2014 by  
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ZZ Top
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

One of my earliest memories of MTV was seeing a constant rotation of “Gimme All Your Lovin” and ‘Legs” with the beards, the 1933 Ford Coupe, the sunglasses and those “top” video vixens. They were not only funny stories but catchy tunes as well. They certainly would have to be at that time for me to buy the Eliminator cassette the first summer I started to earn my own money. I thought they were a brand new band at the time, not knowing that their first album had been released in 1971. I have seen them live a few times over the years mainly when paired with someone whom I may have actually liked even more but figured I’d stick around and check out a few tunes. Read more

DVD Review: Dream Theater / Live At Luna Park

May 28, 2014 by  
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Live at Luna Park
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I don’t think anyone could have predicted back in 2010 how loud the fallout from Mike Portnoy’s departure from Dream Theater and subsequent hire in 2011 of drummer extraordinaire Mike Mangini to replace him would be felt. Whether it’s due to mis-connections, miscommunication or misconceptions one thing was for sure – there was going to be change in the Dream Theater lineup and fans could either jump on board the new mighty sturdy bandwagon or stay afloat in the past waiting for a ship to pass in the night with a gunboat aboard hoping to hold the other members of Dream Theater hostage and demand Portnoy come back. With the album A Dramatic Turn of Events I think most fans could agree that not much was changing within the DT camp and the album brought forth the first Grammy nomination for best hard rock/heavy metal performance for On The Back’s of Angels in the bands history. You cannot argue with success. Read more

DVD Review: Sensation – The Story of The Who’s Tommy

May 15, 2014 by  
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Reviewed by: Roger Scales

The Who’s double LP Tommy  (1969) truly set the standard as the first rock opera and took Pete Townshend from brash guitar player to legendary songwriter in one fell swoop. Some of my all time favorite Who tracks such as ‘Pinball Wizard”, “See Me, Feel Me” and “I’m Free” are featured here and tells the story about that deaf, dumb and blind kid. It’s hard to believe that the album was banned by the BBC and certain US radio stations who felt it was exploitative. I actually remember the movie from 1975 more from my childhood than the album itself, probably because I had such a mad crush on Ann- Margret. I was really looking forward to this DVD from Eagle Vision because as an album I have a much better appreciation for it now than I ever did then. This release does not disappoint and I found out a lot more about this album than I ever did especially the art work and a lot of what inspired Pete to create these songs in the first place. Read more

DVD Review: Aerosmith / Rock For The Rising Sun

December 29, 2013 by  
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Rock For The Rising Sun
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Being a big fan of Aerosmith for as many years as I have, it surprised me how few live DVDs the band has released over the years.  Yes, Live Texxas Jam ’78 is excellent but I only own a VHS copy.  Why not release it on Blu-Ray at this point?  Clean it up and add some bonus features?  There must be a plethora of vintage shows from the early days and on through the late 70’s, early 80’s and into the 90’s that must exist. Read more

CD/DVD Review: Ted Nugent / Ultralive Ballisticrock

November 14, 2013 by  
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Ted Nugent

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Why another Ted Nugent Live Album?  The question should really be ..why the hell not?  Truth be told the Ted Nugent machine is a live artist and the studio albums are really just a vehicle for him to go out and do what he does best and that’s put on a loud, kick ass, politically incorrect, fun, over the top rock show. Read more

CD/DVD Review: Def Leppard / Viva! Hysteria

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Viva! Hysteria
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I have been hoping for something like this for so long now.  So many bands are taking classic albums and playing them in their entirety both to provide something different for the diehard fan and an added incentive for casual fans to see the band live for the first time.  When it comes to Def Leppard, the choice for some might be Pyromania (1983) or even High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981) but there is no denying that Hysteria (1987) was really their landmark album selling over 20 million copies worldwide.  Read more

DVD Review: Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian: Live in Tokyo

October 15, 2013 by  
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Live in Tokyo
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Live in Tokyo was filmed/recorded on November 14, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo. This 95-minute concert is the first release of material from the PSMS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian) supergroup, and it showcases a wide range of instrumental performances from each of the members’ careers and collaborations. The DVD and Blu-ray also offer an exclusive peek at this production with a behind-the-scenes featurette.  Read more

DVD Review: Rainbow / Black Masquerade

October 15, 2013 by  
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Black Masquerade –  Live in Germany at the Rockpalast
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple for what would be the final time in 1993, he decided to resurrect Rainbow for a three year period from 1994-1997.  The band recorded one album Stranger In Us All (1995) and toured off and on pretty much right up until 1997 when Blackmore together with his partner Candice Night formed the Renaissance influenced Blackmore’s Night and have had success with that project right up to today.  Read more

Book Review: “Rush: The Illustrated History”

July 23, 2013 by  
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By: Martin Popoff

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

 

I think by most standards and within MOST social circles Rush falls under that category of The Three Stooges, Benny Hill, flatulence, Dr. Who.  In other words – topics most guys find intriguing yet woman (at least the ones in my life) cringe when brought out for even general conversation.  Yet even the most cynical music fan would have to be impressed with Martin Popoff’s Rush: The Illustrated History.  The live photos are stunning, the attention to detail is stellar and the research is some of the most impressive work ever done on any rock band.  Read more

DVD Review: Dio / Finding The Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986

June 23, 2013 by  
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Finding The Sacred Heart – Live in Philly 1986 DVD
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

A lot of music both on CD and DVD has been issued or reissued from the career of Ronnie James Dio since his untimely passing, a loss that is still being felt throughout the metal community three years later.  If you were lucky enough to witness Dio’s 1986 tour in support of their 3rd album Sacred Heart  then you were able to witness the largest stage set and most elaborate production Ronnie was ever a part of.  For those of us who didn’t, this new release from Dio Finding The Sacred Heart – Live in Philly 1986 will be the next best thing to being there. Read more

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