4 December 2009, gsparaco @ 4:28 pm
Les Roues Metallic et Les Jumeaux Demons (Empress Valley EVSDVD-010/011)
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – December 14th, 1989
DVD 1: Continental Drift, Start Me Up, Bitch, Sad Sad Sad, Undercover Of The Night, Harlem Shuffle, Tumbling Dice, Miss You, Ruby Tuesday, Play With Fire, Terrifying, Rock And A Hard Place, Mixed Emotions, Honky Tonk Women, Midnight Rambler
DVD 2: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Little Red Rooster, Can’t Be Seen, Happy, Paint It Black, 2000 Light Years From Home, Sympathy For The Devil, Gimme Shelter, band introductions, It’s Only Rock And Roll, Brown Sugar, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Several years after Empress Valley released Les Roues Metallic et Les Jumeaux Demons (Empress Valley EVSD-142/143/144) on audio, they released the video on two DVDs under the same title. Issued in 2005, this is soon after the label began to release DVDs as part of their catalogue. This contains over two DVDs the complete December 14th, 1989 Montreal telecast in very good to excellent video quality. There are some minor pixelation issues and the colors are a little bit dull, and the time counter is at the bottom left hand corner of the screen throughout the entire performance.
The two hour tape is presented as a straight performance video with two interesting exceptions. Both “Undercover Of The Night” and “Mixed Emotions,” while rooted in the Montreal performance, also have quick shots of various images. “Undercover” shows pictures and representations of prisons, aborigines and black faced minstrels which is an attempt to capture the early eighties Scarface-chic ethos of the piece (but comes off as being silly).
Mick Jagger has a lot of clothes changes throughout the evening and hams it up for the camera as do Richards and the back up singers Bernard Fowler, Cindy Mizelle and especially Lisa Fisher who gives quite a performance in “Gimme Shelter.” Bill Wyman looks bored, Ron Wood looks extremely nervous and camera shy and Charlie Watts plays with his amused grin.
There is some attempt at artistic camera work during “2000 Light Years From Home” with contemplative shots of the equipment during the long opening. It’s segue into “Sympathy For The Devil” is well handled. Jagger invites Living Colour onstage for “It’s Only Rock And Roll” since it was the last night they opened for the Stones (Guns And Roses would open the final shows of the tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey). Overall this is a very good document of the Steel Wheels tour which is an interesting contrast to the more well known Atlantic City pay-per-view telecast.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)
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