TNT’s third DVD, an excellent live 30th anniversary concert with an orchestra filmed in Norway in 2012.
It is not uncommon for older Metal bands to have a special anniversary concert and Norway’s TNT is no exception. For their 30th anniversary they got together in their hometown of Trondheim and shot a live concert on June 2nd, 2012.
The multi-camera show was shot in a full hall and runs about 90 minutes as they perform 19 songs backed by a symphony orchestra. I’m glad the event was captured because for fans the show was a real treat they have several special guests, back-up singers and the orchestra making it for a full experience. The quality is very good as is the sound. The orchestra does not overwhelm the band and vice-versa, they blend very nicely. The set list is very representative of their long career with songs from eight of their twelve albums getting represented. Considering it was their 30th anniversary they could have and should have played two hours and had at least one song from every album. The albums that got no representation are FIREFLY, TRANSISTOR, ALL THE WAY TO THE SUN and ATLANTIS. The band also throw in some other musical treats such as some classic staples, ‘Sabre Dance’, Magica Lanterna’ and opening the show ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’.
All three singers, Dag, Tony Harnell and Tony Mills were on hand and sang songs with all three of them joining onstage for the climatic finale of ‘Seven Seas’. It was a beautiful moment. At one point none other than Dee Snider of Twisted Sister comes on stage and introduces Ronnie LeTekro’s guitar solo segment. As Snider’s states Le Tekro is truly understated and is looking more and more like Uli Jon Roth every day. At one point there is a cameo by an ex-singer of Turbonegro who does a brief comedy routine before introducing the arrival of Tony Harnell to the stage for the first time. The band also performs ‘Northern Lights’ for the first time in 25 years as attribute to deceased keyboardist, Dag Stokke. The beautiful ballad is even more epic with the addition of the orchestra and all the while a video montage of appears on two big screens in the background.
Lastly there is a 55 minute documentary feature with consists mostly of footage of the concert inter-spliced with interviews with Harnell, LeTekro, Mills, and original vocalist Dag Ingebrigsten. While this was an interesting bonus feature it certainly was not the definitive documentary about TNT that I hope with get made one day. Overall, BEST OF TNT WITH TRONDHEIM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is a great DVD for fans and a nice introduction for the curious. Like all of their DVD’s it is hard to track down but worth it for die-hard fans.
Editors note: This DVD was reissued in 2014 on the Indie Records label as a single live disc with a different title, alternate cover art in a single jewel case. Please feel free to read my review of that version as well.
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