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On July 30, 2003, close to a half a million people gathered in Toronto for one of the most spectacular concerts of all time in fact, the largest ticketed single-day event in history. The Rolling Stones headlined the show, accompanied by 13 other acts, including AC/DC, Rush, the Guess Who, and Justin Timberlake. Now, this amazing day has been captured on DVD.
Like most festival shows, the Toronto Rocks concert, a SARS benefit held on July 30, 2003 before a teeming crowd of 490,000, is a pretty mixed bag. For one thing, the Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC, and the Rolling Stones--the headliners--are all well past their primes. They're still kicking, of course, and fans of each will relish their sets. But no headliner save Rush exudes the freshness and spark evident in the tantalizing snippets of the performances we don't see on this single-disc DVD: Canadian acts like Blue Rodeo, the Tea Party, and Sass Jordan (with a still-riveting Jeff Healey on guitar). The Stones command more than their fair share of screen time, and some would say they've earned it. Meanwhile, we're also served three helpings of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi's ho-hum Have Love Will Travel revue. Who steals the show? The Isley Brothers, led by founding singer Ronald and axeman Ernie, who blaze through "Who's That Lady" and their classic "Shout" with a band of lock-tight musicians and dancers.
The DVD includes the kind of full-size color booklet every concert disc should come with, a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and uncompressed PCM stereo sound (both great), and a dose of "bonus" backstage ballyhoo. A unique extra is the director's broadcast call of the camera shots for AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," revealing the frantic, real-time demands of a live shoot. --Michael Mikesell
Incredible video. I was one of the 1/2 million or so lucky ones to see the show; driving up from Kansas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randal J. Geringer
Big Canadian rock festival. Nice line-up. This film was well done.Published 3 months ago by Melvin J. Annala
Love a rare look at a "Sars" benefit........maybe something for the Ebola outbreak...??? aloha from HiloPublished 13 months ago by Beach
I didn't care for a few of the groups, or Justin Timberlakes style of music. However I loved watching AC/DC. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Marilyn M.
I love it I was at this show and this is a great DVD the only thing I dont like is that there is only 3 AC\DC songs on the DVD and at the show AC\DC played about 13 songs and AC\DC... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by J. Linn
In 2003, Toronto's tourism industry was crippled by exaggerated reports that the disease SARS was running rampant. Read morePublished on December 22, 2005 by Danno
A very good DVD, AC/DC performance is purely awesome, regrettably The Jack, Whole Lotta Rosie, Let there be rock and Highway to Hell are not on this one ! Read morePublished on October 7, 2005 by Pat
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"this is a great DVD, love all of it. but, WTF IS UP WITH THIS "GUESS WHO" IT IS "THE WHO" NOT THE GUESS WHO. Read more
When I bought this, I thought it would automatically become my favorite DVD, as I went to the show, and got in the front row for Rush, AC/DC and the Stones. Read morePublished on June 29, 2005 by Turner Karl