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Whitesnake
Live In '84: Back to the Bone (DVD)
December 2014
Released: 2014, Frontiers Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Since releasing the excellent FOREVERMORE album in 2011, Whitesnake has been flooding the market with live product. Seriously, it’s almost at Iron Maiden levels of silliness: 3 live albums and 2 live DVDs in three years. Now they are adding a fourth live album and third DVD with this set celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the venerable SLIDE IT IN-era of the band with LIVE IN ’84: BACK TO THE BONE.

In my opinion, the DVD and CD are quite different and of varying value, so I’ve reviewed them separately. This is the review for the DVD.



The DVD is broken into two main sections: the band’s 11-song set at Super Rock Japan ’84, and a four-song set taped in Las Vegas that was keyboard legend Jon Lord’s final performance with Whitesnake.



Starting with the Super Rock show, it’s a big festival-style show; just the place where Whitesnake shines. For old footage, the video quality is good, if not up to today’s Blu-Ray standards. It’s a fantastic show, with a great set of songs. David Coverdale proves himself the consummate frontman, belting out the songs with authority. His “obsession” with the mic stand is a bit…disturbing, though. John Sykes is incredible on the guitar, and both he and bass man Neil Murray contribute solid backing vocals to the set. Powell is as thunderous as ever, and his drum solo is actually entertaining as he plays along to classical music, complete with timed fireworks! The only downside is that the concert was obviously taped for Japanese TV and features clips of interviews and tour footage cut in over top of the performances. It only happens during a couple of songs, but it is annoying. All told, it’s an excellent show put on by a band just hitting their strike at the peak of their powers – in hindsight, it’s easy to see that Whitesnake was on the cusp of their coming mega-stardom.



Jon Lord’s final performance is a 4-song set taped in Las Vegas for what seems to be a European TV special (I’m guessing here). Either way, the set performed by the band is electrifying, even if some of the energy seems lost on a crowd seated at tables (!). No matter, the songs are great and Jon Lord’s last contributions to the ‘Snake are well-heard and appreciated.



The DVD rounds out with a rather dull photo gallery that features musical demos of the era - a whole lot of “meh” there.



Still, the main selling point is the two live shows and they deliver in spades. This is a highly enjoyable DVD and definitely recommended as a “must have” for Whitesnake fans.
Track Listing

Super Rock Japan ’84:
1. Gambler
2. Guilty of Love
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Ready An’ Willing
5. Slow An’ Easy
6. Crying in the Rain
7. Guitar Solo
8. Soldier of Fortune
9. Drum Solo
10. Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City
11. Don’t Break My Heart Again

Jon Lord’s Final Whitesnake Performance
1. Gambler
2. Guilty of Love
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Ready An’ Willing

Bonus:
“Slide It In Slide Show” (rare photos & snippets of demos from David Coverdale’s personal archives)

Lineup

David Coverdale: Vocals
John Sykes: Guitar
Neil Murray: Bass
Cozy Powell: Drums
Jon Lord: Keyboards “Jon Lord’s Final Whitesnake Performance”

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