The Art of Live
6/25/2004 - Review by: Frank Hill
Queensryche: The Art of Live Sanctuary 2004 Reviewed by: Nailer
Look: The DVD is setup with a slightly-grainy, old-fashioned look complete with noise lines and sepia color like they use in movies when some character is recalling the past. The band is always the focus of the camera's eye with few crowd shots other that some wide-angle views. Camera work is done between band members with a slow fade instead of the usual quick cut edits.
Playing: The band is really on cue with the material using the stage as mature musicians instead of the blood racing youth of past days even on such rapid numbers as "The Needle Lies". The 15 songs start out new-material heavy and are fairly tepid although "Desert Dance" shows some spark. Few of the songs are from the "Mindcrime" era and very little early material is represented. There is an mid-section set with an interesting acoustic version of "Roads to Madness" that I really enjoyed. Geoff is oddly head-shaven and really doesn't go for the high notes. Dream Theater joins them on stage for a rendition of Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again".
Overall, its way to comfortable and probably isn't for old-school Queensryche fans.
Score: 6 of 10
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