on February 7, 2007
I love this DVD. Don't expect any bonus features, just the concert here.
Rob Halford certainly can't sing like he once could, but there aren't too many moments where he doesn't rise to the challenge. One exception for me is Painkiller; an absolutely killer song, but if this is how Rob sounds on it all the time, it's time to drop it from the setlist.
The high point for me is probably The Ripper, I love that song. The low point is definitely I'm A Rocker. A totally unmemorable song that shouldn't be dug out by the band. It's likely done because it isn't difficult vocally, but surely they could have picked a better song from their history that's easy for Rob to sing.
I have no high end audio equipment, but I think this DVD has excellent sound. Very good separation between Glenn and KK's guitars. Not heavy enough on the bass guitar unfortunately, but that's the Priest for you.
Very good purchase, and a much better concert than the Dallas Turbo show. Probably not as good as the 1982 Memphis show.
on November 27, 2005
Depuis les 3-4 dernières années le Priest nous avait habitués à du matériel de qualitée, après nous avoir balancé un Live in London d'une qualitée irréprochable à tout point de vue, Priest nous revient cette année en grande pompe, avec le retour de Rob Halford.
À mon humble avis, le DVD est un peu décevant, tout d'abord le produit lui même est un peu terne,( boitier de piètre qualitée, pas de livret) bref, ils n'ont pas mis beaucoup d'efforts pour rendre le produit intéressant, ils se sont sûrement dit que le simple retour de Rob Halford rendrait le tout attirant.
En parlant du loup.... je trouve sa performance vocale un peu faible, j'irais jusqu'à dire que la prestation vocale de Ripper Owens sur Live in London était supérieur à celle de Robby sur Rising in the East.
Le travail effectué par Downing/Tipton/Hill et Scott Travis est toujours aussi efficace.
Le choix du set list est excelllent.
En bref, un bon DVD quoi que un peu moins intéressant que le précèdent.
Long live the...........Priest!!!
Two things I am sick of:
1. The moaning and whining you hear about Halford's voice.
2. The amount of live material that Priest have released since 1998 (too much).
In regards to point #2, most of that live material was released with Tim "Ripper" Owens, a much younger man, on vocals. Rising In The East represents the first "real" live release since the return of Rob Halford (not counting the brief live DVD that came with Angel Of Retribution). So, this release is forgiveable. Even Priest fans who owned the live stuff with Ripper will be eager to get their hands on some new live visuals with Halford, the first released since 1997's Priest...Live!
In regards to point #1, it is true that Rob Halford cannot hit all the high notes anymore, and he has stated as much in interviews. Get over it. It is what it is. The same people who whined that Ripper was no Halford are now whining that Halford is no Ripper. It's rediculous. The man still has a fantastic voice. He changes the octaves he's singing in on some tracks in order to do the entire song without cheating or relying on tapes. Some songs, like "Painkiller", he does his best at screaming even though it's not 1990 anymore. Other songs, like "Hellrider", he lets loose a powerful piercing scream or two that seem to come out of nowhere! The cool thing about it is, when he does let loose, it's so unexpected and so powerful that it just blows you away.
The song selection is interesting and varied if nothing else. All the staples are here: "Metal Gods", "A Touch Of Evil", "Painkiller", "Hellbent", "Another Thing Coming", "Living After Midnight", "Breaking The Law". There are also lots of older Priest classics that, for a while in the 80's, were seldom played (if ever): "The Ripper", "Victim Of Changes", "Exciter", "Diamonds & Rust" (the acoustic version too). There is a generous helping of new songs from Angel Of Retribution, and a couple odd ducks as well: "Turbo Lover", "Hot Rockin'", and "I'm A Rocker". "I'm A Rocker" is definitely the biggest surprise, as Ram It Down-era material hasn't been played live since that tour. It's not the track I would have chosen (give me "Blood Red Skies") but I give them credit for being adventurous. The only missing link really is material from the Ripper years, which Halford says he does want to sing. Maybe next DVD? (Well, maybe not the only missing link...I would have loved something from Defenders, or maybe "Sinner".)
Really, my only beef is with Halford's stage presence. I haven't seen Halford perform live at all recently, but his stage presence here really baffled and stunned me. 90% of the show, he is standing in one place on stage, hunched over, staring at the floor, looking like some strange leather and studs hunchback. He rocks back and forth holding onto his half-sized mic stand, eyes closed, wailing away. Every once in a while, he stands straight up and walks around, proving he's not suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. He barely speaks to the crowd at all. A sample song intro? "Angel of Retribution? Revolution!" That's it! He speaks a little more before "Turbo Lover", reciting the same song intro that he used back in 1986, but quickly and robotically.
Considering that Glenn Tipton, KK Downing, and even Ian Hill give their all on stage while Scott Travis plays seemingly impossible drum parts, Halford's stage presence was shockingly dull. He's always had a flair for the theatrical, and his choice of leather and metal costumes show he's still that guy. I just don't get what he's trying to do with the hunching over. I am sure there is a method to his madness, and he's not waiting on a double hip replacement, but it's lost on me.
Now you've read this, and you've been given the warning. Song-wise, production-wise, and performance-wise, this is a must-purchase for any Priest fan (I only wish it was released on CD too, although some songs are available on 2009's A Touch Of Evil Live). Visually, in particular with Halford, this is a baffling show.