A live show from Minnesota in 2008.
Usually I have some concrete reason why I would want to review an older DVD but in this case, I just felt like it! You can never have too much Tesla!
This single disc DVD is a concert filmed on February 22nd, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The package is nice enough but the cover art is bit gaudy and commercialized with lots of bits of advertising on it. There is a single sheet booklet as well with the basic concert info. The show runs about two hours and covers a good 19 songs. Unfortunately, the producers decided to splice in interview segments, which is annoying because it interferes with the continuity of the concert. However, the concert is magnificent!
COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! opens with three ripping guitar solos by Hannon and Rude…they just walk on stage and start shredding. It could be my TV but it seems that Rude’s guitar was much quieter. It was a really cool way to start a concert, I’ve never seen something like that before. The first full song is the DVD namesake Comin’ Atcha Live with a massive extended solo section as well. You know this is gong to be a far heavier affair than some of their more acoustic oriented concerts. Even slower songs like ‘Paradise’ had big massive shredding solo, much to my delight. The band go through many songs from across their career and even play a track that was, at the time, unreleased from the forthcoming album, FOREVER MORE. Vocalist Keith was in top form, his voice never faltering. They throw in a decent cover of the UFO classic ‘Rock Bottom’ and finish on a heavy note with ‘Edison’s Medicine’.
There are several generous bonus features, more interviews behind the scene, stuff, gear talk, fan stuff, it is a very good value in that sense. There is also ‘enhanced content’ for your computer, that seems a bit antiquated now, but remember back in 2008 this was still a common feature. To be honest I didn’t watch the bonus computer content, that kind of stuff is just usually links to web-sites and advertising for merchandise.
It would be nice if Tesla eventually released this concert as a nice Double Live CD as the concert is superb. Until that day, this DVD is a great addition to your Tesla library.
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