Released: 2009, Frontiers Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
Mr. Big are back and bigger than ever with this killer live DVD package. The concert portion was filmed at the infamous Budokan in 2009 to a capacity crown of adoring fans. This double disc release captures it all.
The packaging is second to none for starters as it is done in book style with glossy cover. Inside is an attached booklet loaded with photos from the show. The discs are housed on the back cover like a digi-pack CD.
Visual quality of the concert is as close to HD as you can possibly get without being HD. You would almost swear you were watching it in HD, it is that clear a picture.
Sound-wise everything is well mixed and sounds great. Everyone was in their zone for this performance. They were tight and could not be touched. Eric Martin’s vocals are just as good as or better than they were back on the old records. He belts out the classics like “Addicted To That Rush” and “Green Tinted Sixties Mind” flawlessly. For all you musicians and gearheads reading this here is plenty of solo spots by Gilbert, Sheehan and Torpey with lots of guitar wankery.
One of the concerts highlights is during Encore 2 when the band does an over the top cover of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”. This is possibly one of the coolest cover songs you will ever see.
Everything you could ask for and more is on this DVD set. A high quality release in every aspect possible. If you ever looked at Mr. Big as just another one hit band because of “To Be With You” you will have your mind drastically changed after seeing this.