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The Who - Live in Boston

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The Who have seen their share of tragedy in a monumental career that began 40 years ago, in 1964. Captured on their 2002 tour, LIVE IN BOSTON showcases the band on their first outing after the unexpected death of bassist John Entwistle. What may have started as an ordinary tour became a moving tribute to Entwistle and his legacy.

The Who: Live in Boston captures the legendary band during their 2002 American tour, which began with the death of John Entwistle, singer-songwriter and superior bass player whose complex lines and thunderous sound was integral to the Who's brilliance. Vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist-leader Pete Townshend soldiered on (drummer Keith Moon died in 1978), and Live in Boston finds the rock & roll survivors in passionate if slightly distracted form. Surrounded by old friends (John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards, Zak Starkey on drums, Pete's brother Simon Townshend on vocals and guitar) and shored up by Pino Palladino on bass, Daltrey and Townshend sizzle during the bedrock numbers ("I Can't Explain," "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"), touch on the crucial early '70s stuff ("Baba O'Riley"), but catch fire on mini-suites from Tommy and Quadrophenia. Townshend rambles, sometimes unattractively, between numbers, and even Daltrey gets peevish with the crowd. But considering the pressure they were under, their performance is miraculous. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Songs: I Can't Explain, Substitute, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Who Are You, Another Tricky Day, Relay, Bargain, Baba O'Riley, Sea and Sand, 5.15, Love Reign O'er Me, Eminence Front, Behind Blue Eyes, You Better You Bet, The Kids Are Alright, My Generation, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard, Amazing Journey/Sparks, See Me Feel Me, Listening to You (full screen format)
  • Interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (anamorphic widescreen format)
  • Art gallery by John Entwistle

Product Details

  • Actors: The Who
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQFGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am a huge and passionate Fleetwood Mac fan. I was lucky enough to see this last 'Say You Will Tour' 6 times throughout 2003 and 2004. My last concert being May 23, 2004 in Jacksonville, FL. where I had the great opportunity of being front row, and interacting with the band (playing Lindsey's guitar and much more)- technically I actually had 3rd row tickets, but security let the first 4 rows move up front and stand at the stage.

I was greatly anticipating the release of this DVD set. I purchased it on the day of its release, and I still love fact I actually watched it about an hour ago.

I will start off with what I love about this DVD, and later get into what I do not love.

First off it's just great to have a new DVD since the Dance video. It's also great to have a video filmed from an actual concert, compared to the Dance when the crowd was invite only.

Lindsey Buckingham is portrayed best here, and his wildness on stage is really shown. I felt it at the concerts and I could feel it watching this DVD as well. He has proved himself to be a musical genius. You really get a sense while watching what he's actually like in concert.

Stevie Nicks, through all her criticisms that every video performance receives her...shines. She has always been deeply scrutinized, especially when performing live. Some fans and especially critics have it in their heads that this 56 year old woman (55 when this was taped) should be EXACTLY like she was in 1975 screaming her vocal chords out to RHIANNON.. I guess you would like her to still be on drugs as well??

Anyway...'Say Goodbye' is one of the highlights of the DVD. It is a new song from their SAY YOU WILL CD, and this live performance is much better than the album version.
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Buckingham's hair has a grayish sheen; Nicks, who I have seen several times as a solo act, is clearly a mature woman long past the days of her svelte Welsh Witch; John McVie and Mick Fleetwood lead both of them in age. Given this, one almost expects a "nostalgia" tour, but nostalgia be damned: even in the absence of Christine McVie, this is still one helluva band, and God help recent girl singers and boy bands who might be tempted to sneer: when Fleetwood Mac takes the stage, you get Big Time Take No Prisoners Rock And Roll.

I was fortunate enough to see Fleetwood Mac on this particular tour when the band played Biloxi, Mississippi--and I was even more fortunate to be sitting within arm's reach of the stage, directly in front of the wall of energy the band generates. While nothing can really duplicate the experience of a truly powerhouse live concert, LIVE IN BOSTON comes very close to capturing the authority of what I experienced that evening, and that says a great deal for both the band and this concert film.

Christine McVie's absence, the loss of her cool blue voice that so perfectly balances out Buckingham and Nicks extremes, the loss of her uniquely beautiful songs--that's regrettable, but I must say the band doesn't let it slow them down any. From such Mac standards as "Go Your Own Way" from the classic RUMORS to picks from the recent SAY YOU WILL, everything crackles with energy.

Nicks' voice, always a delicate instrument, has darkened with time and is no longer as ethereal as once it was, but her richness of tone more than makes up for the loss; songs like "Landslide" and "Beautiful Child" sound better than ever.
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I am a diehard Fleetwood Mac fan who attended five concerts in Australia and watched this DVD three times over 96 hours. Despite my fanatical tendencies, I can still be critically objective about Fleetwood Mac.
I am ambivalent about this DVD at best. One the one hand, it is great to have a DVD recording from the current tour. It allows you to relive the concert and to reconnect with idiosyncracies such as the boxing sequence in 'Tusk', to Stevie's 'Say You Will' dance, and Mick's drum solo. There are beautiful moments captured from the acoustic delicacies of 'Say Goodbye' to the epic 'I'm So Afraid' or the spellbinding 'Gold Dust Woman'. Musically speaking - whether you attended a concert or not - you will enjoy the music. Not only is the music superb but the performances are great. Some fans will miss Christine but they should also look at it as an opportunity for the band to head in a different creative direction - and therefore offer us something different as well.
Lindsey is the most active member of the band in this concert. You really get the sense that it's his moment to take center stage. The dialogue between Stevie and Lindsey (whether staged or not) really comes through. The sound and lighting is stunning.
The problem remains in the visual presentation of the concert. I found it alienating and and lacking in emotion. For starters, the editing is too rapid. This makes the concert's pace very snappy. That pace is fine for faster songs but Fleetwood Mac songs are often hypnotic and packed with emotional fibre - that a camera shot would be better to sit and pause for a while to capture that emotion. The film does not know when to be still.
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