The Top 5 Music DVDs of 2009

2009 wasn’t the greatest year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVDs. Maybe there weren’t that many released this year? Maybe I just flat out missed them? One factor could be that a lot of bands are packaging bonus DVDs into their proper album releases as bonuses for fans. Slayer, Alestorm, Saxon and KISS were just a few of the bands that did this in 2009, maybe next year I should include these as part of this list criteria? I’m not really sure what the deal is because I didn’t buy nearly as many DVDs in 2009 as I have in the past couple of years. The good news is that bands are still taking great care when producing these DVDs by adding extra content, bonus footage and CDs of live performances to the overall packages and the overall prices have been extremely reasonable. Money has to be spent wisely and the following list of DVDs gave a lot of bang for my hard earned buck! Here’s my list of The Top 5 Music DVDs of 2009:

#1

Iron Maiden – Flight 666 (The Film) DVD (2009): No surprise here! Iron Maiden consistently puts out the best DVDs every single time and FLIGHT 666 was no exception. 2 DVDs packed with a 2 hour documentary a 100+ minute concert performance and a ton of extras…..other bands need to take notice, this is how you release a DVD! FLIGHT 666 gives Iron Maiden the top spot again in the Top 5 DVDs of the year, they were the winner in 2008 with their official release of LIVE AFTER DEATH. I wonder what 2010 will bring?

#2

Anvil – The Story Of Anvil DVD (2009): Just a quick note: the link is for the movie review I did in late May when I went to see it at a local theater. Production started in November 2005 and the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. The band played select tour dates in 2008 with the movie as support and I missed the show in Worcester, MA…..the good news was the actual theatrical debut in the U.S. was February. I waited on the DVD until it finally arrived in early October and it is basically the same movie as the one I saw in the theaters with the added bonus section with unedited and bonus footage. This was almost a tie for the top spot because I had more of an emotional attachment to the Anvil film seeing that I had cassettes of FORGED IN FIRE and METAL ON METAL back in the day.

#3

Global Metal DVD (2009): I was witing on this documentary to be released for all of 2008 and it NEVER came out. If you have heard of Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen then it’s from their first film METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY, the beginning chapter of the duos’ quest to find out how Metal is perceived, loved, enjoyed and revered by fans all over the world. GLOBAL METAL expands on A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY and goes to different countries like India, Colombia, Japan and Brazil. It was great seeing the absolute dedication fans in different countries had, it reminded me of my days growing up as a kid and discovering Hard Rock & Heavy Metal…..I still have that same dedication. this set has 2 DVDs with the proper film on the first and all the outtakes and bonus content on the second. Any other year and GLOBAL METAL would easily take the top spot but it had to contend with FLIGHT 666…..coincidentally, Dunn & McFayden also filmed FLIGHT 666 and worked on GLOBAL METAL at the same time!

#4

Jeff Scott Soto – One Night In Madrid DVD (2009): This is a late addition that just made the cut, I just picked this DVD (and the 2 CD set) last week! I’ve been a Jeff Scott Soto fan since the Yngwie days in the early ’80s so I usually buy anything I can with his name attached to it. ONE NIGHT IN MADRID is a solid performance from Jeff’s just completed world tour and it includes a 21 song live show and a ton of bonuses including 8 music videos and bunch of outtakes. A ton of value for the price and a solid performance made this an instant favorite.

#5

Motley Crue – Cruefest 1 DVD (2009): I went with a sentimental choice for my #5 DVD, beating out the other 3 DVDs I had competing for the slot. I’ve been a Crue fan since TOO FAST FOR LOVE (1982) and I’ve seen a ton of Crue tours over the years but I skipped Cruefest 1 when it came to town because I didn’t like the lineup. I even passed on Cruefest 2 this past summer! So why does this get the #5 slot here? Because I like Motley Crue. I liked their last studio album SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES (2008) and I caught their show at Mohegan Sun Arena this past March so I was riding high on Motley Crue when I bought this DVD a couple weeks after the show. The Crue performances make the DVD, and the Buckcherry songs were good, but I could do without the live footage of Trapt, Sixx AM, and Papa Roach. A few bonuses were added in: a behind the scenes road documentary and 6 Crue videos.

CD Scavenger Hunt – updated purchases

Here we go again! I’ve been buying a lot of CDs & DVDs so here’s what’s new……

Ebay

hammerfall-no-sacrifice-no-victory-2009Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009) – $15: I’ve been a Hammerfall fan since GLORY TO THE BRAVE was released in 1997 so everytime they release a new album I have to have it right away. NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY has been out for a couple of weeks in Europe and Japan and I was holding out for a U.S. release but I couldn’t wait and I used BUY IT NOW to grab the European version. I bought this late last week and the U.S. release ended up being this past Tuesday…..the local shop had it on sale for $9.99…..figures!

NEH Records

great_white_-_rising_artworkGreat White – Rising (2009) – $17: Great White’s last album, BACK TO THE RHYTHM, was one of my Top Albums of 2007 and it was an awesome comeback. This is another album that came out everywhere else a week or two ago except for the U.S. (the U.S. release is sometime in April). RISING was at the top of my want list so I searched all over the Net for a decent price and NEH had the best one. I always like ordering from NEH because they are based in the U.S. and always have a solid selection and great shipping rates.

jeff-scott-soto-beautiful-messJeff Scott Soto – Beautiful Mess (2009) – $17: Had to have the new Jeff Scott Soto album as well and I had to wait a couple months. JSS went with an initial release campaign for a digital download of the complete album. I just can’t bring myself to download anything so I decided to wait until the actual CD was released. It took a couple of months but JSS released the album on CD and then it took me a couple of weeks to get around to ordering it. I’ve always been a JSS fan since his days with Yngwie Malmsteen but his solo works are more melodic and soulful rather than Metal. After seeing him successfully front Journey a couple of summers ago, I will always support anything he releases.

tall-stories-skyscraperTall Stories – Skyscraper (2009) – $17: Continuing the theme of former Journey frontmen releasing new albums, Steve Augeri got the unreleased Tall Stories album, SKYSCRAPER, out and in the hands of fans. SKYSCRAPER was worked on from 1993 to 1995 but the band dissolved and Augeri went on to Tyketto and then Journey. I had the first Tall Stories album when it came out back in 1991 and it’s solid Melodic ock and I expect that this new record is more of the same.

CD Baby

badmouth-debut-albumBadmouth – s/t (2008) – $10: I’ve had this album on my radar since it came out in September but I’ve never been able to find a decent price. I was going to order it from NEH Records with the rest of my order but the price was $18.99! I checked Ebay but there was nothing available so I moved over to Badmouth’s website and I saw that it was $10 buying direct from the band! Clicked the link…..went to CD Baby and it’s all done.

dirty-penny-take-it-sleazyDirty Penny – Take It Sleezy (2007) – $12: Now I just couldn’t order one CD from CD Baby so I went through my account’s wish list and one of the last CDs I put on there was Dirty Penny’s first disc. I never got around to picking this up a couple of years ago and I have read some great reviews online so this one was a no brainer. What made it even sweeter was that the price was the best I’ve seen. I’ve read that Dirty Penny is like a cross between Dokken and early Motley Crue, I love both those bands so I hope that’s true.

ravage-freedom-fighterRavage – Freedom Fighter (2008) – $7: I’ve been checking out a lot of local bands and Ravage is from my backyard (Massachusetts). I’ve been compiling a list of local New England bands and Ravage was on the list but I forgot all about them until I received an email from Metal Blade that they signed Ravage for their new record. A quick check and $7 later and this 6 song E.P. was on the order.

 

Not everything can be an online purchase because I’m a record store guy and I still like to go through all the racks. I went down to my local Newbury Comics to pick up a few new releases from last week and this week but I didn’t get to the store until Noon…..usually I’m there right when the doors open because there is only a limited amount of certain new releases…..

Newbury Comics

wolf-ravenousWolf – Ravenous (2009) – $12: This was first on the list because I knew there would only be 1 or 2 copies in the store. Nothing in the new release rack, nothing under “Wolf” so it was off to the front counter. Good news was that the Metal guy was working and he had the second (and last) copy of the CD behind the counter. Turns out they sold the first one as soon as they opened and they hadn’t had a chance to get the other copy on the front rack. From what the Metal guy told me, it’s an excellent album, he bought his own copy…..so they really had three!

mastodon-crack-the-skye-2009Mastodon – Crack The Skye (2009) – $10: CRACK THE SKYE has got to be one of the most anticipated Metal albums of the year especially after Mastodon’s previous album from 2006 BLOOD MOUNTAIN. That record was a grower for me but I started to come around and check out the rest of Mastodon’s albums and I’m really high on the band. I started receiving press releases on CRACK THE SKYE two months ago so I knew that there was a limited edition package with a bonus DVD but I went with the regular CD. I have to really love a band to spend an extra $5 for a a special edition with a DVD that’s just about making the record.

cruefest-2008Motley Crue – Crue Fest 1 DVD (2009) – $19: I wasn’t going to pick this DVD up because I knew there would be plenty of copies around but because the store didn’t have Saga – Live In Munich (2 CD/2 DVD) limited edition I decided to pick this one up as a consolation prize. I didn’t go to Crue Fest 1 last summer because I thought the lineup sucked aside from Motley Crue and Buckcherry and I really didn’t want a DVD with performances by Trapt, Sixx AM, and especially Papa Roach. the good news is that there is a full Crue perofrmance, a documentary about the tour, 6 Crue videos, and only a few tunes from the other four bands. I can live with that! I also just saw Motley Crue a couple weeks ago so I figured the performance had to be a good one on the DVD.

The quest continues because I was shut out of two items on my hunt: Rob Halford – Resurrection re-release and Saga – Live In Munich (2 CD/2 DVD) limited edition. The Halford reissue has four new tunes on it and was advertised a week ago for $13 but they were sold out. The Saga limited edition set is the last performance of the band with original singer Michael Sadler and was advertised this week for $25 while both the double CD and double DVD versions were both priced at $17 separately. If I’m going to buy the set then I might as well get both formats in one package for the lower price. I’ll be getting that one this weekend…..if they have it in stock!

Motley Crue Metal Mixtape – 4/15/08

Motley Crue had a big press conference and performance today announcing this summer’s U.S. tour…..Cruefest. I decided to make a mixtape of Crue tunes but picking only one from each studio record. Here’s what I came up with…..

‘Public Enemy #1′ (1982) – Always been my one of my favorite Crue songs.

‘Red Hot’ (1983) – Love this song live, a forgotten song on an awesome record.

‘City Boy Blues’ (1985) – There was no way in hell I was picking either hit single because they are so overplayed. I always liked this tune because it opened the album.

‘Wild Side’ (1987) – If I had to choose between this song and the album’s title track, I have to pick this one. ‘Wild Side’ reminds me of the tour stop I saw in Providence with Whitesnake opening.

‘Without You’ (1989) – Probably one of the most underrated ballads of the ’80s. Every mixtape needs a ballad and this is an exceptional one. The wife didn’t mind me playing it a couple times either!

‘Primal Scream’ (1991) – Ok, this song isn’t on a proper studio album but it’s a great song. It needs inclusion to mark the end of an era.

‘Hooligan’s Holiday’ (1994) – An obvious choice from the self-titled album with John Corabi at the mic. This was the first single and I haven’t listened to the album in s long time. I think I’ll pull it out for the next listening pile.

‘Confessions’ (1997) – One of my favorites off of GENERATION SWINE, reminds me of some good times I had a long time ago. It also reminds me of the concert in Worcester, MA with Cheap Trick I saw on this tour.

‘New Tattoo’ (2000) – Why not have a second ballad on the tape? Everyone forgets this album, made with Randy Castillo (R.I.P.) on drums…..I think it’s solid.

‘If I Die Tomorrow’ (2005) – Again, not from a proper studio album but an excellent track.

‘Saints Of Los Angeles’ (2008) – I don’t actually own this, I refuse to download it from iTunes but it’s streaming all over the Net. I really like this new track and I have high hopes for the new record.

Motley Crue (Crue Fest) U.S. summer tour dates announced

Here are the Motley Crue U.S. summer tour dates straight from Pollstar. Bands include Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Sixx AM, Trapt, & Papa Roach:

(dates in BOLD are the shows I will be attending)

Jul 01, 2008 West Palm Beach FL US Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 03, 2008 Tampa FL US Ford Center
Jul 05, 2008 Charlotte NC US Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 06, 2008 Virginia Beach VA US Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Jul 08, 2008 Wantagh NY US Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 09, 2008 Buffalo NY US Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 12, 2008 Philadelphia PA US Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 13, 2008 Washington DC US Nissan Pavilion Coming Soon
Jul 15, 2008 Detroit MI US DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul 16, 2008 Chicago IL US First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul 18, 2008 Indianapolis IN US Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 19, 2008 Milwaukee WI US Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 20, 2008 St. Louis MO US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 22, 2008 Houston TX US Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 23, 2008 San Antonio TX US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 24, 2008 Dallas TX US Superpages.com center
Jul 26, 2008 Albuquerque NM US Journal Pavilion
Jul 27, 2008 Denver CO US Coors Amphitheater at Fiddler’s Green
Jul 29, 2008 Salt Lake City UT US USANA Amphitheater
Aug 01, 2008 Phoenix AZ US Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Aug 02, 2008 Los Angeles CA US Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Haven
Aug 05, 2008 Sacramento CA US Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug 06, 2008 San Francisco CA US Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
Aug 08, 2008 Seattle WA US White River Amphitheater
Aug 09, 2008 Portland OR US Rose Garden Arena
Aug 11, 2008 Vancouver BC CA GM Place
Aug 13, 2008 Edmonton AB CA Rexall Place
Aug 14, 2008 Calgary AB CA Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug 15, 2008 Saskatoon SK CA Credit Union Centre
Aug 17, 2008 Winnipeg MB CA MTS Centre
Aug 19, 2008 Cincinnati OH US Riverbend Music Center
Aug 20, 2008 Cleveland OH US Blossom Music Center
Aug 22, 2008 Boston MA US Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 23, 2008 Holmdel NJ US PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 24, 2008 Uncasville CT US Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 28, 2008 Toronto ON CA Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 29, 2008 Albany NY US Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 30, 2008 Scranton PA US Toyota Pavilion
Aug 31, 2008 Pittsburgh PA US Post-Gazette Pavilion