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on November 15, 2000
Unfortunately, thanks to propaganda galore, this concert went down as an infamous event depicting what can go wrong at free concerts and eventually symbolized the end of the flower power movement. In reality, all this concert shows is what happens when a bunch of ignorant tuff-guys park their most prize possessions in the middle of 200,000 people and are in charge of security. What did they expect, a magical halo around their motorcycles at a rock concert? Of course people bumped their bikes, then fighting broke out and so on.
As for the DVD, don't expect a documentary of a Stones concert because it's more a documentary of a riot. Satisfaction and Jumping Jack Flash are an awesome beginning but it's all downhill from there. The first few songs are from the 'Get Yer Ya Ya's Out' album in Madison Square Garden. This is the best the Stones have ever sounded and if this concert were entirely remastered it would be the best DVD ever. However, in this DVD most of the songs are interrupted with interviews or preparation of the concert. And sadly three of the best songs, Wild Horses, Brown Sugar, and Gimme Shelter, aren't even live footage. They have to start Sympathy of the Devil over once and none of the later songs go smoothly, which is a real shame because the live footage sounds really good. Even Tina Turner's incredible song is also cut short.
This disturbing film shows a man getting stabbed, a fight scene with Jefferson Airplane, and mob violence throughout. This is a movie more for people who enjoy those Fox specials (i.e. When Animals Attack, Crazy Police Chases...), violent sports injuries or things of that nature. I can't see watching this repeatedly as some reviewers indicate. Don't get me wrong, the Stones sound good but it's tough to enjoy Under My Thumb when people are crying and getting beaten up. Plus Mick has to stop and start singing throughout. Maybe if you're board or unhappy with your own life, this will help you temporarily forget it. However, if you're a Stones fan who just wants a good concert to enjoy or fall asleep to at the end of a night of partying, go with another Stones concert, the Pearl Jam DVD, Rattle and Hum, or the Cunning Stunts DVD by Metallica which sets a new standard for concert DVDs. Being desensitized to movie violence, movies like Reservoir Dogs and Braveheart are excellent, but real violence doesn't entertain. This DVD is impressively remastered in DTS and has a great picture but poor replay value and incomplete songs make it not worth the money. I only wish this effort had been used to remaster the entire Madison Square Garden concert and not wasted on a bunch of bikers who can't understand why the Stone's took song long to start even though the act before them, The Grateful Dead, cancelled their set at the last second.
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on March 22, 2003
Arguably the BEST period for the Stones and we get 3 or 4 songs and a HUGE amount of documentary. It's fine to watch it once, but wouldn't it be nice if they put out a DTS version of all the MUSIC??
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