Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough
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This is quite possibly one of the best live concert dvd's I've seen. Avenged Sevenfold had the right idea in releasing their 'Documentary' DVD all on it's own, instead of trying to cram the history of the band into the same release as a full live concert dvd.
Having seen too many concerts to rightly remember and numerous music dvd's, I'd have to say that most dvd's are way overproduced, and they just don't represent the bands in a genuine way. A live performance is the band doing what they do with no way to clean up their fuck ups, and too many bands opt for the magic of editing on dvd releases, to make them look (or rather, to make them sound) just as flawless in the live setting as they're able to be on studio recordings. Unfortuantely, that's not how a real live show is. Mistakes are made, and technical difficulties are a reality.
Fortunately, Avenged Sevenfold managed to put their live show onto a dvd without much bullshit. If you've never seen Avenged Sevenfold live, this dvd is probably the closest you're going to get to the genuine article. The band perform the songs to the best of their ability, and if you pay attention, you can catch a fuck up here and there. There's interaction between the band and the fans, and it's really almost like being back at the show.
It is interesting to note that the band decided to do their live dvd recording as part of the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour, and not on their own Headlining tour. But it doesn't take away from the band in any capacity, as they put on a kick ass headlining show. They have video footage playing on screens on each side of the stage during the entirety of their set, with the footage playing companion to each song the band plays. And their use of Pyro is used to maximum effect as well.
As a bonus, the dvd also includes the intro footage that was used on the tour prior to the band hitting the stage. And the 'Diamonds In the Rough' cd is just another added bonus for fans of the band. The material isn't anything amazing, but it's something new to listen to and to tide fans over until the next release. And also very cool of the band to attach it to a NEW release, instead of allowing the label to throw it out there as "bonus" material to attach to a re-release of the band's last album.
'Live in The LBC' really is one of the best live performance DVD's to come out in some time. Whether you're a fan of the band or not, this really does give you the best idea of what it's like to be at an Avenged Sevenfold show. It's unfortunate that a lot of bands don't have the same budget, and can't put as much money into their live production, or into the production of their own dvd releases. But they should take note from a band that does, and quit shooting for an overproduced piece of shit that takes away from the footage instead of adding to it.
If your dvd looks more like footage from a hollywood movie than a live show, you spent way too much time on the polished production. And while 'Live In The LBC' is well produced, it doesn't look like it was shot for a movie. If nothing else, it's the level of quality that other bands need to shoot for...not underproduced, but far from being overproduced. It basically just has to be seen to be appreciated. Period.
Definitely recommended for fans that haven't seen the band live and want to get an idea of what it's like, and also for fans who have seen the band (especially those who were there for this specific show) that want to relive their experience.