"No Doubt Rock Steady Live" concert DVD
Wide Screen Anamorphic. DD 5.1 and DTS
If you are unsure who "No Doubt" is, putting this DVD in for a spin will remind you. This group led by high energy blonde singer Gwen Stefani is a HIT MAKING MACHINE. Most of these songs I have heard just walking around malls and from my daughters' radio. They have probably had a dozen radio hits in the last few years...
Is this music any good? Well ... it reminds me of Madonna, which I like to hear on the radio once in a while, but cannot sit through a whole CD of hers. Its damn good radio pop, nothing more, nothing less.
Anyways back to this DVD. The quality is stellar, Very nice anamorphic video, and professionally recorded sound. The drums sound good, the voice sounds good....
And the directing is good .. fast paced (which I normally dislike) but extremely well done. At one point they have a hot girl camera operator go on stage and get closeups... the camera operator becomes part of the show ... a bit offbeat but it works. And boy did that camera operator work it, like a table dancer
Anyways... so the direction is first class, and the audio and video is awesome.. now on to the performance.
No Doubts performance was offbeat and different, they sometimes grouped together in a small group, other times spread out across the stage in typical arena rock fashion ...
Lets face it, No Doubt does not put out incredibly complex music, they tend to find a real nice groove, and then repeat the groove while singing over it. To make up for this relatively simple structure, they do their share of antics onstage.
Each band member had their own unusual attitude and attire, and they seemed to do their own thing... this was at times refreshing and at times unsettling....
....Especially that pink lipsticked male drummer. I don't know what his deal is, but he was always doing his own little act. I realize the music is simple and needs some help , but this guy was constantly either joking around ... or looking at someone off the stage, or struting around in boxers while wearing hot pink socks and undies. Now Im from the 70s when lots of musicians dressed in girl clothes, so that per se didnt really bother me. What was unsettling was his cavalier stage attitude.... almost like he thought the whole show was a big joke.
For example, he would bring a little drumset to the front of the stage, and while playing in a bored looking way, he would do some amateurish robot dance or something.
Oh well, i probably just dont understand this kids nowadays
The instrumentation in this show took a backseat to the vocals and the performance... I guess I should of expected that, but I come from the old rock school which likes to see the musicians really open up, and they did not.
Gwen Stefani was good, almost great ... and if you like No Doubt, you will probably like this DVD.