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The Bangles: Return to Bangleonia - Live in Concert

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One of the most successful female groups of all time, The Bangles make a triumphant return to their hometown of L.A. with their first ever concert DVD. The queens of power pop pull out all of their hits, from "Walk Like An Egyptian" to "Eternal Flame," along with early fan favorites like "Hero Takes A Fall." Extras include acoustic performances of "Ride The Ride" and Prince's "Manic Monday," a candid interview with the band about their storied history and a photo gallery with rare and never-before-seen photos.

During their career peak in the mid- to late 1980s, the Bangles were so famous that Saturday Night Live's Dennis Miller was parodying lead singer Susanna Hoffs' precious sideways glance. The Bangles: Return to Bangleonia is the female quartet's live concert offering. But oddly enough, it isn't a gig from that era, but rather a concert recorded in 2000 at the House of Blues in Hollywood. Even more curious, the DVD wasn't released until 2007. With a handful of catchy and popular songs that were staples on both the radio and MTV, the Bangles transcend the one-hit wonder category, But they aren't an iconic girl group like the Supremes or even the Go-Go's (who preceded them by a couple years). Still, fans will enjoy this collection, which includes 18 songs such as "Eternal Flame," "Manic Monday," "Hazy Shade of Winter," and their breakthrough single "Walk Like an Egyptian." The group includes bassist Michael Steele, lead guitarist Vicki Peterson, Peterson's younger sister Debbi on drums, and Hoffs on rhythm guitar. Thanks to her winsome, quivering voice and doe-eyed good looks, it was Hoffs who garnered the most attention from fans, media, and men. (Prince was such an admirer that he wrote "Manic Monday" as a vehicle for Hoffs to sing. He used the pseudonym Christopher for that track.) And it was Hoff's popularity that drove her to leave the band to launch an unsuccessful solo career. In Bangleonia, the women show that they are far from dinosaurs, rocking out to their pop hits. Yes, they hit some rough notes live. Yes, they've aged well. And no, they don't look like pathetic wannabes trying to regain their glory. The DVD also includes an interview with Hoffs and the Peterson sisters that is lighthearted, though not particularly revealing. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Victoria Peterson, Michael Steele
  • Directors: Kerry Asmussen
  • Producers: Katie McNeil Diamond
  • Format: 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: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQL4ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Austra on June 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I have been waiting for a live Bangles concert since MTV's professionally produced broadcast of the band's December 1986 Pittsburgh performance. Even though I subsequently recorded a VHS copy of the rebroadcast live performance I was hopeful and official version would some day become available. Alas, it has not. Not yet, anyway. The next best thing is RETURN TO BANGLEONIA.

The 2000 performance was filmed at the famous House of Blues and is captured from various roving cameras. The digital recording is of superb quality. RETURN TO BANGLEONIA is truly a professional product. I hope that a CD version of the performance eventually becomes available. More importantly it was great to see the Bangles together again.

I was initially wary of buying this DVD. Some of the reviews gave rise to the belief that this was not a whole uninterrupted concert. The cartoony-looking DVD cover only served to perpetuate my quandry. When I finally made the purchase I was happy I did so. The DVD is a complete performance, and then some.

The Bangles went their separate ways when the group was just about at their peak. Following the very successful albums/CDs DIFFERENT LIGHT and EVERYTHING, the group stalled. The greatest hits CD, very often a warning sign, and its VHS companion hit store shelves in 1990. The Bangles went their separate ways. It was a decade before they fully reunited for an AUSTIN POWERS soundtrack and subsequently released DOLL REVOLUTION. Unfortunately the decade break took its toll. Marriages, families, and other important distractions ensured that the Bangles would enter the public eye at infrequent intervals.

Even in RETURN TO BANGLEONIA we are treated to some of the wear and tear on the band.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sullivan on July 9, 2009
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I have been a major fan of The Bangles and when I heard about the release of the dvd I wanted to get it since I had seen the show years before when the House Of Blues website still let people view live shows and The Bangles were one of the band's that was on the site.
When I first saw the show on the website it was awesome I loved the performance with all their hits and new songs it was so cool and when the dvd came out I was excited but disappointed that some of the songs were edited especially when they did Manic Monday they had orignally included Waiting For The Man at the end it too was also edited out.
This dvd is still enjoyable but the music market needs to stop editing out so much stuff its getting so ridiculous that I am sure other fans are also getting fed up with them.
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This concert was filmed in September, 2000 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California. These women can really "Rock". I've been a big fan, since they came out in the 80's. This is one great concert, containing 18 songs. It has an approximate running time of 95 minutes. It's nice to watch some beautiful women rock, and these women can definitly rock!!!

The line-up includes:
Susanna Hoffs - vocals, guitar
Debbi Peterson - vocals, drums
Vicki Peterson - vocals, lead guitar
Michael Steele - vocals, bass
Also, you get a man playing piano

The song set:
1.Hazy Shade of Winter
3.If She Knew what she wants
4.Between the Two
5.The Rain Song
6.Manic Monday
7.Here Right Now
8.September Girls
9.Goining Down to Liverpool
10.I will take care of you
11.Get the girl
12.In Your Room
13.Stealing Rosemary
14.Angels Don't Fall in Love
15.Hero takes a Fall
16.Walk like an Egyptian
17.Pushin' too hard
18.Eternal Flame

You also get some great bonus stuff:
Bonus acoustic performances of Manic Monday & Ride the Ride.
The Story of Bangleonia (interview with the band).
Band Commentary
Photo Gallary

Overall, this is a great concert dvd, and I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 11, 2009
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Return to Bangleonia is simply a must have for fans of The Bangles. The music spans the career of the band from the mid 80's to their latest recording, Doll Revolution (2003). It features some of their best songs, and captures the magic of the group live, showcasing their musicianship, and the lead and harmony vocals that are a signature part of their sound. And since Michael Steele has left the group, this performance may be one of the last remembrances featuring the original members.

One of the pioneering all female bands in rock, The Bangles found commercial success in the 80's with their 60's influenced brand of melodic pop rock. After producing the albums All Over the Place (1984), Different Light (1986), and Everything (1988), the group disbanded for a time, but reformed in 1999 to record for an Austin Powers film, and then eventually their first album in fifteen years, Doll Revolution in 2003. This concert was shot in 2000 on their home turf, at the House of Blues in Hollywood. The band has their musical stuff solidly together, the venue is great, and the ladies look fantastic while rocking out. Joining them on keyboards is Greg Hilfman.

The vocals are an ultra-critical element, in this band where all four members sing lead. When you put these voices together, you get something that can be really special , greater than the sum of the parts. The intimate nature of the Hard Rock makes it an ideal venue for The Bangles, where their vocals and clean and clear guitar sounds, can really be heard. On a small stage, with the audience literally a few feet away, the tight camera angles make you feel like you are right up at front of the stage, grooving with the rest of the enthralled audience. It is a warm and happy place.
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