WHITESNAKE-Live At Donington 1990-The Covideo Chronicles-Day Eighteen (April 18th, 2020) 

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Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2011, Frontiers
Rating: 3.5/5 (Just the DVD)
Reviewer:  JP

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!

Back in June 2011 I reviewed the Double Live album version of this. I get pretty detailed in that review in terms of set list, so you can read that review if you wish. Now I’ll look at the bonus DVD.

The DVD is the full concert when on August 18th, 1990 Whitesnake headlined Monster of Rock at Donington. The well oiled machine was at the height of their power and what a show it is on a cloudy dusk in front of 72,500 people.

Watching this 30 years later it does seem lower quality but for the time is was very good. It is a multi camera shoot Oman utterly massive stage lots close-up’s, a bit of slow-motion, post-production trickery and as expected lots of big hair and big postures, or ‘throwing shapes’ as the British like to say. Everything is big and over the top!

There is only one bonus feature a 21 minute long ‘making of’ for the Slip Of The Tongue album back in the late 80’s at David Coverdale home and home studio in Lake Tahoe in Nevada, and a few other places. Coverdale does a nice voice-over with a trip down memory lane. Lots of industry guests like Kalodner, Klink, Olsen and Fairburn wander in and out of the sessions.

There is this amusing scene where the whole band all pile into a SUV to see how a demo tape would sound on a car stereo! It is hard to believe in this modern age but that was a serious consideration back then.

There is some behind the scenes stuff at a video shoot and some cool non-pro live footage of the last show of tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
I saw this same tour in the stadium Toronto on June 15th 1990 so I have fond memories of that and now I can enjoy virtually the same show over and over all these years later.