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This review is from: Schenker, Michael - Temple Of Rock: Live In Europe (DVD)
Seriously....I'm so taken by this DVD that I can't even describe it other than.. "Whoa!"
This is probably one of the most (if not THE MOST) incredible concert dvd's I've ever heard/seen. I'll slightly digress by making a sports analogy so please accept my advanced apology if you are not a sports fan.....
Another Michael, "Jordan" that is, was probably the greatest basketball player that ever lived. On a typical night for him he'd score between 25-30 points in a game. On those rare nights when he was really "ON," you'd see him drop 50 points or more!
Musicians,like sports heroes, can be much the same. Michael Schenker, one of the planet's greatest guitar players, sounds better than most people on any given night. He has a multitude of live recordings to enjoy and you'll hear him on any number of his live recordings "wow" you with his talent. On those very rare nights, he will go "otherworldly" on you, much like Michael Jordan could do when he was in the zone! There haven't been many of those live recorded moments of Michael Schenker's when he was captured on a truly "ON" night. "Strangers in the Night" by UFO may be one of them (though it was actually recorded over a couple of different nights in 1978) and maybe his performance on "One Night at Budokan." I truly think that on this DVD, all cylinders are firing and it may very well be the greatest "on" moment of Michael's ever recorded!
The sound quality is phenomenal and the producer/director does a decent job of actually showing Michael Schenker when he's soloing ( I hate it when they pan to other band members during a musician's solo on most concert dvd's). The only reason I give this 4 instead of 5 stars is because Doogie White trashes many of the lyrics. He sounds great and it really doesn't affect the songs, but really, "dude," learn the words! Most of these tunes are some of the greatest guitar tunes in rock music history; can't you get the words right?
It's nice to see Hermann Rarebell and Francis Buccholz on stage together again. I always thought they were an under-rated rhythm section when they played with Scorpions during the heyday of metal.
Another great thing about this recording is that Michael takes a fair amount of liberties with some of his traditional songs. He adds some more fills and/or rearranges a few of his classics and the changes really add to the songs. Wayne Findley is also fantastic on this DVD and tears up the solos in "Rock You Like A Hurrican."
If you like Michael Schenker or simply enjoy hard rock played with a great deal of emotion and technique, get this DVD. It's "Michael" scoring over 50 points!