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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!!

Track listing:

1. Catch Of The Century
2. Sacrifice
3. Babylon
4. Lavatory Love Machine
5. Vain Glory Opera
6. Land Of The Miracle
7. Fucking With Fire
8. Superheroes
9. Save Me
10. Tears Of A Mandrake
11. Mysteria
12. Avantasia
13. King Of Fools
14. Out Of Control

Rocket Ride World Tour The Documentary

The Videos

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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Language: english

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Edguy: F***ing With Fire (CD/DVD)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-01-13 17:49:23
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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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