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Cheap Trick - Silver

4.1 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Product Description

This is it! Your front row ticket to the 25th Anniversary Homecoming Concert by one of world's greatest rock-n-roll bands; Cheap Trick. For those of you fortunate enough to attend this historic event, this is your chance to relive that special night, and for those unable to be there, we offer our condolences and the next best thing - Silver, the DVD. Enjoy the entire 2 hour and 10 minute concert, from Davis Park in Rockford, Illinois. Silver features a song from every record, members of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem High School Choir, the Phantom Regiment Drum Corp, Nielsen and Zander children, Jon Brant, Slash, Billy Corgan, Art Alexakis and many more. Silver is the definitive Cheap Trick experience!
Songs: Ain't That a Shame, I Want You to Want Me, Oh Candy, That 70's Song, Voices, If You Want My Love, She's Tight, Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love, Gonna Raise Hell, I Can't Take It, Take Me to the Top, It All Comes Back to You, Tonight It's You, Time Will Let You Know, World's Greatest Lover, The Flame, Stop This Game, Dream Police, I Know What I Want, Woke Up With a Monster, Never Had a Lot to Lose, You're All Talk, I'm Losin' You, Hard to Tell, Oh Claire, Surrender, Just Got Back, Day Tripper, Who D'King.

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Filmed in the late summer of 1999, Cheap Trick: Silver is a 25th anniversary celebration of the Rockford, Illinois, band famous for marrying British Invasion-era pop hooks with the guitar crunch of the Who's Quadrophenia period. Shot on a sealed-off, Rockford street, the concert is an electrifying overview of high points from the group's discography. The songs plucked from each of their albums reveal a remarkable power-pop consistency over the long haul, despite the band's lengthy periods of commercial rejection and bare survival. Visibly thrilled, Cheap Trick soar here through monster hits ("I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police") and milk every drop of emotion from masterful ballads ("I Can't Take It"). While stellar guests include Slash and Billy Corgan, it's the appearances by less famous folk (the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, a few offspring of guitarist Rick Nielsen and singer Robin Zander) that movingly underscore the populist glories of this American band. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Interview with vintage footage (27 min.)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage (4 min.)
  • Photo gallery
  • Discography

Product Details

  • Actors: Cheap Trick
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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I'm giving this 5 stars not because it's perfect, which it's not, but because the experience as a whole is far greater than the sum of its individual parts. I don't think it's fair to score this DVD by separating each part and grading individually by sound, picture, etc. I will do so, but I want to make it clear first that this concert DVD experience taken as a whole is just awesome. If you grew up listening to this group on the radio, you owe it to yourself to see them live. As a former non-fan of Cheap Trick, I had never seen them live before, or owned any of their albums. Seeing this DVD however, I realize that I missed out on one of the world's best live acts. They are tight, energetic, and fun to watch, even after all these years. They are in fine form here.

Now for the grading of the separate parts:
*Sound quality: 5 stars. It's not studio-quality, but for a live recording, it is top-notch.
*Video quality: 4 stars. I've seen better, but there again, for a live show, it's pretty good. I've also seen a LOT worse elsewhere. I'd read that the picture quality was awful, but it is definitely not awful. In fact it is quite good I think. Just my opinion; your mileage may vary.
*Performance: 5 stars. Excellent. These guys are just a total blast to watch. I can find no fault here.

I have not been a fan of this band until just today when I watched this, so I think you can trust my opinion as unbiased. All the hits are here, and more, with lots of special guests. The special guests were unfamiliar to me, but all did a fine job on their parts too. Don't dismiss this band out of hand, as I did, as just another hit machine. They are a talented bunch, and deserve a listen from you. I think that you will not be disappointed, and you will have a great time watching these 30 excellent tracks.
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Cheap Trick is probably my second favorite band of all time & I've seen them live about nine times through the years so I'm a little biased from the start. I bought this from their website after seeing the DirectTV free version of this show. That version has nine extra songs on it plus the other version as well (two dvds) & I couldn't be more thrilled with this. They are still as great as they were when they started & to have the original lineup after all these years says something as well. Absolutely untouchable set which would've been even better without that jerk from Everclear ruining "Daytripper". But it's nice to see other musicians paying their respects to these guys. It's nice to see them get recognition from their peers that unfortunately continues to go unobtained from the public. This band has always been innovative and imaginative in its approach. Most of their records are quite different taken one by one and I just hope they have a new one out soon as promised. It's been five years now & the last one was just excellent!! This would be an excellent place to start if you've never experienced the magic that is Cheap Trick!! The Wolf
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It's interesting that some of the reviews state the audio is poor quality and cameras are overexposed and that it seems a little home-made. That's exactly why I like this DVD. It's an actual concert and for whatever reason, I feel I am there, in the streets of Rockford, and a part of the audience. The audio is actually quite decent, however, the microphones do pick up a lot of the ambient crowd noise. But in no way does it detract from the music. In fact, that's part of what I like about it. It is, after all, a street concert (actually a park concert, but you get the idea). No big screen TV's, fireworks, lasers, stealth bombers flying overhead, etc. Who needs that when you have the energy of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, Bun E Carlos, Jon Brant, and special guests that make this cocnert rock! These awesome band members are doing what they do best, and it's very clear they are enjoying every minute of it!
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By A Customer on October 9, 2001
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I will probably take a LOT of heat for this 3 star rating but read first and scream later. The group itself rates a 5 star review but the production is ZERO. I have been looking forward to this release and what a let down...in the age of DVD we are used to professionally filmed and edited footage and this DVD is a waste of the format...heck BETA is too good for this slop. The group plays and sings great...but the camera work is amateurish at best and the exposures are all over the map. What that means to non photographers out there is that during the course of a song the group is shot at one angle from a camera that is properly exposed with colors that are vivid..then shifts to another shot where the artists are nothing but WHITE BLURS due to incorrect exposure of the film/video. The other DVD on the market from a club in Australia YEARS ago..looks soo much better.
Anyway...I love cheap trick and am glad to own this but it rates only a notch better than the audio CDs already available due to the ... production values. I guess what I am saying is ..go ahead and buy , but lower your expectations if you have seen any decent video in the last 30 years.
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I've been a Cheap Trick since album number one. When I saw that they were coming out with this 25th anniversary concert on CD and DVD as well, I opted for the DVD (I have just recently purchased the double CD). I fail to see where the audio is of poor quality. The acoustic performances in the middle of the set sound just this side of perfect, and the electric stuff sounded, to these ears, clearer than I have ever heard. The video quality didn't bother me in the least, in fact, I thought the whole thing was well produced in general. It's to the band's credit that they offered and delivered a song from every album over the years, and they still sound as good as they ever have. Their musicianship is hands down some of the finest out there; you just don't do what Rick Neilsen and Tom Petersson manage to do night after night without possessing some amazing musical ability, and Robin Zander has one of the most powerful voices to come down the pike in years (and comes eerily close to John Lennon territory on some of the material), and Bun E. Carlos packs an amazing punch on the drums (kudos to the drum choir at the end for its sheer craziness). The commentary gives some very cool insight (I noticed nothing was said about "The Flame", widely known as not one of Rick's favorite songs but a huge hit nonetheless) and the behind-the-scenes stuff is just off the wall! I didn't find anything poor about the quality of this show at all...if someone is expecting "The Wall", they're looking in the wrng place. This collection brings across the true spirit of a band rock and roll is a lot better off for having experienced, and they're still at it. The preview tracks from their June 2006 release "Rockford" on their website are nothing less than I expected from one of the best bands, then and now.
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