Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2006, Cleopatra
Rating: 2.5/5 (Just the DVD)
Over the years I’ve done a number of more ambitious series of reviews instead of simple stand-alone reviews. This is perhaps my most ambitious project yet. This series of reviews was born out of three seemingly dissimilar and unrelated components; my viewing habits, a stockpile and the global pandemic of 2020.
As a habit and personal preference, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I prefer to read and listen to music. Over the years whenever I have bought a CD, often it will come with a bonus DVD. I would listen to and enjoy the CD and because I don’t watch much TV I just started putting the CD’s with a bonus DVD in a pile, thinking to myself, “I’ll watch the DVD….‘someday’. Over time the pile grew and grew and grew.
Secondly, it has long been a personal goal of mine, and Metal-Rules.com, to review every Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVD on the planet. Over the years we have reviewed hundreds of stand-alone DVD’s, more than almost every other Metal webzine. However these little bonus DVD’s that come with CD’s are often, dare I say it, are largely inconsequential or ‘throw-away’ DVD’s, with not much substance other than a video or two, or maybe a brief ‘making of’ the album at hand. They are neat for the die-hard fans who want to shell out a couple extra bucks for the deluxe version of the CD but mostly they are not a big deal, very often there is not enough true content to release on their own.
At the tail end of March 2020, like many thousands of people, I lost my job due to lay-off’s precipitated by the global pandemic. In my first real full-week of self-isolation, it was April 1st in the evening, and I was sitting thinking, “How am I going to keep myself productive and occupied these next several weeks?” And there it was, sitting on my desk, staring me in the face as it had all these years. A pile of EXACTLY 50 CD’s with bonus DVD’s that needed reviewing! That ‘someday’ had suddenly became, ‘now’.
And so begins… The Covideo Chronicles. (Covid + video…get it?) By the time you read this I will have reviewed all 50 DVD’s sitting in that pile and compiled this series. 50 DVD’s. 50 days. 50 reviews. Some of these bonus DVD’s are full concerts and documentaries, some are merely a few minutes long. My goal was to do a very quick synopsis of the DVD (not even the CD) just the DVD. I’m quite sure many of these albums have already been reviewed over the years here on Metal-Rules.com. In fact, the longest part of these reviews will probably be my rambling introduction.
These are in no particular order. I was thinking of doing them chronologically by release date or maybe alphabetically but in the end I decided to review what I felt like watching that day. This exercise was a simple daily task, it kept me keep me amused and primarily I’m glad to get that damn pile off my desk. Enjoy!
Lynch Mob, like so many bands did not fare too well in the ‘dark ages’, aka the grunge years. The first two albums on the major label were solid and the band still had enough cache that they could get by. Then it sort of went downhill for a bit with smaller labels and smaller audiences and the Dokken reunion happened. It was a full ten years between Lynch Mob albums and when they did return in 2003 they released a remake album, a mix of old Dokken and Lynch Mob songs. It wasn’t even a new studio album REVOLUTION That’s Ok, I can appreciate the fact they wanted to reintroduce themselves after ten years away. Then they followed it up with a live album which came with a bonus DVD.
The main portion is a concert. It was filmed and recorded at The Key Club in Hollywood, California on March 12th, 2003. The hour-long concert is basically the REVOLUTION album in it’s entirety. The visuals are dark, very dark. So dark it is almost unwatchable. The sound is very good but you can barely see what is going on. There is no doubt the band made those song much heavier, the old Dokken tune ‘Kiss of Death’ is so reworked you can barely recognize it and that is maybe a good thing!
There are a couple of ways to watch the concert. You can see the full and uninterrupted concert. That was my preference. The other way is to watch the show with interviews spliced in between songs. I’ve never enjoyed that technique as it disrupts the momentum of the show.
In terms of additional features, you can watch the videos as a separate feature but really it is just about maybe 15 minutes of an interview with George Lynch in the studio. There is a 90 second clip of Robert Mason chatting and a video for the song ‘Rain’ which is just a poorly shot live performance.
I came away feeling pretty underwhelmed. Some of the anecdotes Lynch shared were neat, for example the story about his infamous ‘Tiger’ guitar getting shot during the ’92 L.A. riots was neat but really, that was not enough to sustain the entire DVD. I’m glad I have this bonus DVD because I was never lucky enough to see Lynch Mob in the early years (I did see them back in 2010) but overall this DVD is pretty plain.