Days Of Our Lives (DVD)
2012, Eagle Vision
Originally shown as a 2 part series on the BBC in 2011 to rave reviews finally makes it’s way to North America thanks to Eagle Rock Ent. This documentary is the perfect story of Queen. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to showing the history and legacy of a band.
The documentary begins with the pre-Queen days when Brian May was in college and places an ad which Roger Taylor answers and the two join forces. This is the foundation to what would become Smile and later Queen. Seeing the old footage of Smile in concert in 1969 clearly shows that the Queen sound was inevitable. It was a natural progression from those early days.
The old footage of the band on the road intermixed with interviews by May and Taylor, managers, media personnel all add to the story of Quuen. There is old interview clips with the late Freddie Mercury and a few with bassist John Deacon who retired from the industry once Mercury passed away in 1991. It is a shame that he never contributed to this documentary. This is the only thing that could make it any better, hearing John’s stories and recollections.
The latter part of the DVD shows the downfall of the band so to speak. It is where they released a couple of below par albums that were not well received by both critics and fans. It also documents Freddie’s disease and how it affected the band. It kept them from touring and made them into a studio band. Right up until the end Mercury was committed to recording as much as he could. His devotion to the band was unparalleled. It is no wonder that he became such a legend.
This is a must own for every Queen fan and it comes highly recommended for any Rock fan or anyone that has enjoyed Queen songs over the years. This is how a documentary on a band should be done. The unseen footage and the interviews make this one extremely well made release.