DVD extra: Go backstage with Rolling Stones and Rush
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY
For fans of the Rolling Stones who grew up seeing them in a string of stadium spectacles, Ladies & Gentlemen …The Rolling Stones is a rugged pearl from the band’s torn and frayed past.
Made up of live performances captured during four nights in Houston and Fort Worth on the Stones’ 1972 North American tour, Ladies & Gentlemen …has seldom been seen since a limited 1974 theatrical run
Made up of live performances captured during four nights in Houston and Fort Worth on the Stones’ 1972 North American tour, Ladies & Gentlemen …has seldom been seen since a limited 1974 theatrical run.
Restored and remastered, the 80 minute-plus film returned to theaters in a one-night event last month. Now, it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (Eagle Rock, $15 and $18, respectively).
The cameras focus tightly on the band in this dark, unadorned setting. And the performances are just as focused, with intense versions of classics such as Jumpin’ Jack Flash and tracks from then-recently released Exile on Main Street, such as Tumbling Dice and Rip This Joint. ” “Everyone is very together and on,” Jagger says in a 2010 interview included as a extra on the disc (Other bonuses: A Jagger interview from 1972, and three Stones rehearsal performances).
In fronting the band, Jagger adopts a slightly muted version of his larger-than-life onstage persona that would command the larger stages in subsequent decades. The band members’ close proximity results in some nice moments, such as Jagger and Keith Richards sharing a microphone on Dead Flowers and Happy.
And for many, this will be the first time they’ve seen then-collaborator Mick Taylor in action on several impressive, eloquent guitar solos — something Jagger notes in his interview.
The film “is very much of a period,” the singer says. “There’s no attempt at trying to like do anything of clothing continuity. Suddenly there I am in a black jumpsuit, then I’m in a purple one and then I’m in a white one.”
No matter, all down the line this one’s a winner.
Here’s a few other recent rock releases worthy of a spin:
•The documentary film Stones in Exile (Eagle Vision, DVD, $15) chronicles the creation of 1972’s Exile on Main Street by the band while ensconced in the south of France. Extras include additional interviews with Richards, Taylor and others; fan interviews with artists such as will.i.am and Liz Phair.
•Canadian rock trio Rush delivers a solid double-bill with Rush: Classic Albums: 2112 and Moving Pictures (Eagle Vision, DVD, $15; Blu-ray, $20) and Beyond the Lighted Stage (Vivendi, DVD, $20; Blu-ray, $25). Classic Albums touches on the formation of the band, its breakthrough concept album and the later album that led to mass popularity. Band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart discuss the stories and concepts behind the songs and walk us through the production process in the studio.
Beyond the Lighted Stage, directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey), delves deeper into the band’s history, revealing that Lee and Lifeson have been friends since they were boys. Vintage video includes concerts throughout the multi-platinum-selling band’s career. Among the extras are a hilarious dinner party with the band filmed at a hunting lodge and additional rare performances including two with the band’s original drummer John Rutsey.
•Another recent entry in the Classic Albums series, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (Eagle Vision, DVD, $15; Blu-ray, $20) has band members and others such as producer Jimmy Iovine comprehensively break down this essential 1979 release.
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