Black Label Society: Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned (DVD)
This thoroughly entertaining and ass-kickin' DVD from Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society truly lives up to its name, as the live concert from Detroit's Harpo Hall is a beer drenched extravaganza of metal brutality. The majority of the set's songs are taken from the album's 1919 Eternal and Stronger than Death, as this show took place before the release of 2003's The Blessed Hellride. Bone-crunching classics like "13 Years of Grief", "Bleed for Me", "Stronger than Death", "Genocide Junkies", and the mammoth stomp of "Super Terrorizer" are all played with sweat, dripping beer, and intense heaviness, while the frenzied Detriot fans mosh and headbang with reckless abandon. Rumor has it that the band, crew, and fans, drank every last beer that the Harpo had that night-that's a lot of brew!
In addition to this great concert, there are a slew of extras, including an interview with Zakk, live footage from Japan, the video (shot by Rob Zombie!) of "Stillborn", an acoustic set, up-close and personal guitar lesson, footage of Zakk playing the "Star Spangled Banner" at a hockey game, backstage buffoonery, and a touching and poignant home video of Zakk and his young daughter singing a song together. It's nice to see that this over the top, larger than life musician/rock star in a family setting, showing his loving side, which is a stark contrast to the looming, maniacal axe-slinger that you see ripping out guitar solos and meaty riffs in a sweaty, beer soaked venue. This DVD is highly recommended to all BLS fans, lovers of heavy guitar music, or the Friday night Miller guzzler' who can't be at a show but wants to drink along with a band.
Added: August 6th 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Zakk Wylde Website
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Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-08-06 22:27:51
When this was released I saw some very negative press about it and as I watched I wondered what the reasoning actually was. It also made me wonder what one actually expected from a DVD that features Zakk Wylde and his band the Black Label Society. With the exception of the bonus features, this DVD is strictly concert performance stuff. Of course there are some great close-ups and angles and especially ones while Zakk is soloing. For me this delivered to the expectations I had, this is basic Heavy Metal with great guitar work. Just what we all know will come from Zakk after all his years performing with Ozzy. There was also a lot of beer consumption by Zakk throughout the show. I lost count after 5. This concert contains all the songs you expect to find on such a DVD by Zakk. Another highlight is watching Bassist Robert Trujillio (now of Metallica) crunch along side of Zakk. He really is one of the better bassists in Metal music and it shows.
Bonus Features: This was some good and some bad to me. Maybe this caters for the absolute fan more than the casual listener/viewer. Among them: There is brief concert piece from Tokyo which along with the Star-Spangled Banner is cool. There is a video for "Stillborn" and a cute little sing along with Zakk and his Daughter Rae Rae (it's just too cute for words and really shows a different side of Zakk). There are photos, a discography and a guitar lesson. The stuff I felt could have been dropped was all the drunken bantering which I guess was at the tail end of a gig. A few minutes is fine but this lasted a little too long for me and become not funny.
More for the diehards over all but still a solid concert to watch for fans who might not easily get to see the band perform at either Ozzfest or solo.
Demise Of Sanity
Bleed For Me
13 Years Of Grief
Stronger Than Death
Spoke In The Wheel
Born To Lose
World Of Trouble/Guitar Solo
All For You
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