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The songs are presented in their full length, although the video sometimes cuts between the live performance and rehearsals. If you caught the tour, you know how great it was. If you didn't catch the tour, this is the next best thing. Byrne is still in excellent voice, and he rocks that tutu!
Here's the set list:
1. Once in a Lifetime
2. Life Is Long
3. I Zimbra
4. Road To Nowhere
5. One Fine Day
6. The Great Curve
7. My Big Nurse
8. Burning Down The House
9. Houses In Motion
11. Life During Wartime
13. I Feel My Stuff
14. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
In Ride, Rise Roar, Byrne says that when he came up with the idea to use dancers as part of the show, he wasn't sure how the audience would react, but he was looking forward to finding out. Having seen three of the tour's shows at the time, I didn't fully get what the dancers were about, but thought the shows were great. As you watch RRR, Byrne, the choreographers, the dancers, and the musicians all take turns explaining how the show was conceptually put together song by song. By the end you do get a much better sense of "what this show was about".
This is a great documentary. The concert footage is at times more effective than Stop Making Sense, and the picture and sound quality are nothing short of unbelievable. Sit back, crank the volume up on your surround sound system, and let the creative force that is David Byrne launch a full on assault on your senses.
So the wonderful thing about this Blu-ray is that I now have a complete impression of the show - the close-ups I could only imagine, the entertaining background story, and perfect surround sound. I am very happy with the way this film proves the value and integrity of the show, and gives us an insider appreciation of the intricacies involved.
I like the comment made by the male dancer about David Byrne aggressively berating a security guard who was trying to confiscate a punter's camera - having already made it clear to the security people that punters could take as many photos as they liked. (The complete opposite of Placebo at the same venue a few years earlier, when Brian Molko spotted the red glow of a camera LED, stopped the show, brought up the house lights and demanded that security eject the poor guy with the camera).
David Byrne doesn't ever do a half-arsed job. I strongly recommend "David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar" to anyone who attended this tour - and to anyone who is a fan of his music and art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just to be clear from the start: I love David Byrne's music, and the choreography, and the dancers' performances. What I hate is the way it's all been put together. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Neil Gunton
This is the best piece of concert art I have ever seen. Byrne is an absolute genius! He does it ALL. KUDOSPublished 19 months ago by Cheryl Fish
David Byrne is weird. Let's get that out the gate. He marches to the beat of a drum only he hears and understands. Maturity has only slowed him down a wee bit. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Erika R.
This doesn't touch Stop Making Sense. The sound it very good but it's the old music talking music talking music talking formula completely screws up the flow - too many taking... Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Floyd
If you like David Byrne (here performing the songs he is associated with Brian Eno) and you love an energetic, rollicking good concert, this is the DVD for you.Published on July 7, 2014 by John J. Costello Jr.