5.0 out of 5 stars
Then and now, both great......, Nov 21 2003
I'm an olde farte who was lucky enough to see the original versions of Blackfoot, Outlaws, AND Skynyrd back when they were young and hungry, back in the early and mid '70s. And also more recently (mid '80s or so), before disco and rap and the other mindless modern garbage put these guys in the back room.
I was almost afraid to buy this DVD for a number of reasons -
no Ed King, Allan Collins, Ronnie Van Zant ...
Hughie without the Outlaws?
Rickie without Blackfoot?
No Green Grass and High tides, no Ghost Riders? no Highway Song?
I bought it, and it reintroduced me to the concept of a karma level. Oh, it's good. The older LS material is done right on the nose. Johnny is Ronnie, while still being himself. Hughie and Rickie meld in like they belong, and Rossington is still Rossington, the heart and soul of the band. And all these guys seem to really enjoy working together, no ego battles. That had to have been a little rough for Hughie and Rickie, being used to being main guys in their own groups.
Simple Man, Alabama, Freebird, Gimme 3 Steps, all were great. About the only quirk I noticed was that Hughie didn't quite duplicate Steve Gaines on That Smell - he was as good as he always is, but did it just a bit differently.
The high point of the set, tho, for me, anyway, was one of their newer songs, called Bring It On, which surprised the devil out of me. Probably because it was THEIR song, the new lineup's song, and not a intended duplicate of somebody else's song. Whatever, the three guitars absolutely cooked on this one, single, double and triple lead. Blew me away........
It's good........ the whole thing, it's good........