Edguy: F***ing With Fire (CD/DVD)
On November 3rd, 2006 Edguy made a stop in Sao Paulo amidst their tour in support of the album Rocket Ride. The tour lasted 109 shows in 31 countries and played before more than 500,000 Edguy fanatics. If this show is any indication of what the whole tour was like, it must have been one helluva ride!
In front of more than 5000 fans packed into the Credicard Hall, Tobais and company remind us all just how much fun an Edguy concert can be. Their fans are a spectacle in themselves. Those that have boarded the Edguy train are as maniacal and rabid as any I have ever seen. The DVD captures this gloriously as the band has 5000 back-up singers pumping their fist and dancing throughout the concert. It doesn't hurt when you have a showman like Sammet leading the charge either. I think he could have given them Jim Jones style kool-aid and this group would have sucked it down without question.
On this night, the band rips through their back catalogue with such conviction that it is hard to not get swept up in the power metal feast that they lay before you. Touching on all their previous releases and even Tobi's side project Avantasia, this is Edguy at their absolute best. With scintillating versions of "Babylon", "Lavatory Love Machine", "Van Glory Opera" and "Avantasia" leading the way, Edguy are the ministers of rock and roll at this heavy metal revival. If a band feeds off the audience that is in front of them than on this night the band was well fed. The energy the band gives off and the reciprocating fuel that the audience feeds the band makes this one of those moments that could help define what heavy metal is all about.
The DVD has a couple bonus features. First off is a documentary that interviews all the band members with their thoughts on the tour and Edguy themselves. Make sure that you have the subtitles on unless of course you know German. Also included are the videos for "King Of Fools", "Lavatory Love Machine", "Superheroes" and "Ministry Of Saints". This rounds out the Edguy experience and with over 3 hrs of material, there is a wealth of stuff to digest.
The CD is a faithful representation of the concert and even though it is sold separately, it is a must have as it has become one of my stable crusin' disc.
When these guys are on, they are one of the best there is. The material from this period is unbeatable in the Edguy arsenal. If you want to see these guys at their peak, this is a must have DVD. It is pure metal and a great addition that could be pulled out anytime you need to get the juices flowing. Remember… these guys will gladly Welcome You To The Freak Show!!
1. Catch Of The Century
4. Lavatory Love Machine
5. Vain Glory Opera
6. Land Of The Miracle
7. Fucking With Fire
9. Save Me
10. Tears Of A Mandrake
13. King Of Fools
14. Out Of Control
Rocket Ride World Tour The Documentary
King of Fools
Lavatory Love Machine
Ministry Of Saints
Added: January 13th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Edguy's Official Page
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|Edguy: F***ing With Fire (CD/DVD)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-08-08 07:06:35
Released a couple of months prior to the live concert DVD that bears the same name is its audio companion from Germany's EdGuy. The double CD, fourteen track effort finds the band pulling out all the stops in front of a rabid San Paulo Brazil crowd and since you know how these folks respond to the Metal at the end of the day, the home listeners gets to relive the mayhem that was ensuing. The weird thing for me about this release was why it was made as a separate item as opposed to being packaged with the outstanding film that it comes from. In this day and age, I have seen a much better response for those items that place both audio and video together. Oh well, I guess this is why I don't work for a record company development team and instead am one of the many voices that "speak" about what they dish out.
Musically this is a tight show and one that delivers the energy through your speakers very well, but since it is EdGuy, the home listener loses a lot of the overall fun that is to be witnessed on the video release. Let's face it; EdGuy is hardly a serious band these days and more like a wandering musical carnival that enforces a strict "leave your dramas at the door" policy. They have come a long way from being a band that had shades of Helloween to their style and now are more of a slapstick cartoon as opposed to an educational film. Don't get me wrong as I mean this in the highest respect and ALWAYS have a blast when EdGuy comes a calling to my town. As a matter of fact I don't think I missed one regional appearance yet. In my opinion there are far too many bands that take themselves too intensely serious and sometimes the overall grimace that they bear ruins the night. With an EdGuy show you almost feel as if you should bring silly string or bubble blaster water guns along because you are in for that kind of out of the box fun at one of their gigs. The band is fronted by Tobias Sammet who doesn't miss a trick vocally or with his acerbic wit. Sometimes he directs this at the audience but it is usually pointing at one of his lineup and no matter what the choice may be it is always funny.
Some of the tunes have already appeared on the bands classic "Vain Glory Opera" but that was okay by me since they are concert staples and almost like their own "Living After Midnight". Given this show was done in support of their "Rocket Ride" release of 2006, we find the band addressing that album in a little more detail which makes perfect sense. Highlights for me come via "Avantasia" and "Tears Of A Mandrake" which are of course older and the rousing closer of "King Of Fools". The band does showcase the highest levels of energy and the crowd seems to be feeding them more of it as the show goes on. If you are a diehard EdGuy fan and wish to help out the Tobias Sammet retirement fund a little more than I say purchase the audio version of the show and then go get yourself a copy of the live DVD since that ties all of this together a little more. For fans of solidly performed live shows on CD this is a great choice but if you are one of those fans that pine for the bands early days then I say give it a pass. The party shall continue without you at a minimal loss.
1. Catch Of The Century
4. Lavatory Love Machine
5. Land Of The Miracle
6. Tears Of A Mandrake
7. Vain Glory Opera
10. Fucking With Fire
11. Save Me
12. Out Of Control
14. King Of Fools
|Edguy: F***ing With Fire (CD/DVD)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-01-13 17:49:23
Despite all the posturing, the hair fixing, and the occasionally silly & 'un-metal' songs, F***ing With Fire is actually a very well put together DVD from Germany's Edguy. The audio is great, the camera work superb, and the band is obviously having a great time playing in front of some very rabid fans in Sao Paulo back in 2006. Nobody ever doubted the talent of this band, and it was pretty clear earlier in their career that they were destined to be more than just a Helloween clone. Not sure what happened though, as Edguy seemed to do an 'about face' right around this time period and become more of a 'happy go lucky' band rather than a serious force on the metal scene. The song "Lavatory Love Machine" sort of signaled the start of this period, and it's continued since then at an alarming pace with each release over the last few years. Thankfully, this DVD features some stellar tunes from the early part of their career, like "Vain Glory Opera", "Land of the Miracle", and "Tears of a Mandrake", as well as some material from Tobias Sammet's Avantasia project. Though the anthemic "Superheroes" is kind of fun, it shows that Edguy are more comfortable these days with connecting with the audience in a melodic sing along than inspiring some serious headbanging.
All that said, if Edguy's brand of 'happy power metal' is your thing, there's plenty to like here. With a full concert, as well as video clips and a documentary of the Rocket Ride tour, this DVD is packed to the gills with content.
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