Last week I had the great pleasure of seeing Queens as the opening act for Nine Inch Nails. Their combination of mindblowing energy and musicianship made this truly one of the best gigs I have ever been to (I enjoyed Nine Inch Nails as well)
Simply put, if you’re a serious Queens fan this CD/ DVD is essential.
Excellent sound quality on the audio CD- I especially loved the extended versions of You Can’t Quit Me Baby (one of my all time favourite Queens songs), No One Knows, Song for the Dead and Long Slow Goodbye. Josh Homme is in great voice and the band is super tight throughout.
The DVD is also very enjoyable just to see a band totally engrossed in their own world and music. Excellent and very varied setlist- you get to hear a lot of older Queens material as well as rare tracks such as the mellow I Wanna Make It Wit Chu from the Desert Sessions and Fun Machine, a lost track from the wonderful Lullabies to Paralyze. Cool bonus features with guests and former band members such as Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan, but the picture and sound quality varies quite a lot. Heads up on another cool feature: you get a commentary if you change the audio setup to French. If you’re expecting theatrics and pyrotechnics you’ve come to the wrong place, for Queens it’s really all about the music.
And one last warning for all the **** smokers out there, better pick a different show to heckle at next time .