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European title displayed above. American title: Live At The Roxy 9.25.14.
The audio on this DVD/Blu-ray disc is like many other live recordings pretty enhanced afterwards, but at the same time I guess us viewers probably can't require a genuine product sonically, since the quality of the sound would most likely come out unsatisfactory. It was filmed at the Roxy Theatre last fall before a crowd of 500 people, who to me visibly seem pretty lame and therefore some of the intensity is lost and some people in the front even manage to stay still during the song Paradise City. That alone is kind of extraordinary and quite a rare achievement, I must say.
A smaller venue means less stage lighting and I think that this limitation is proven on the film. Still I prefer these close-up and sweaty gigs before arena shows where some musicians tend to get lost on a huge stage floor. The overall picture sequence is edited just fine, because it doesn't contain that many rapidly flashing images, which on some films is near to a constant element and a really annoying feature since your eyes and brain functions generally don't have the capability to perceive what actually happens in those series of pictures.
The band mainly performs songs off the latest album, World On Fire, and, not particularly surprising, the Guns N' Roses debut record Appetite For Destruction. Even though the newest material and the most recent stuff before that is pretty good, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the Guns N' Roses songs on the whole are quite stunning and that the songs from that period is what people in the venue came down for and I believe that it's pretty much the same for people watching this film as well.
Slash's guitar play is an amazing experience to watch. I don't even get tired during parts like the very extensive solo in Rocket Queen. There's naturally a lot of focus on Slash in the total production, but he comes no way near being a show-off anyway. In today's music I sometimes lack the long and immersive guitar parts, in the background or as solos, which this man is so brilliant with bringing forward. His brother-in-arms, Myles Kennedy, is as always doing a great vocal performance and I specifically dig his way of changing his tone of voice a little to make the Guns N' Roses songs come out more authentic.
The bonus features on this disc is solely placed as bonus tracks in order to just have some additional material. The 4 songs are filmed on the exact same occasion and they could just as well have ended up in the regular track listing as far as I'm concerned. Perhaps the ones in charge don't think that these songs can live up to the standards of the rest of the disc?
See also review of: World On Fire