MATCHBOX TWENTY Show (Coming Home Studios CHS10028) (2004)
Smooth show from Matchbox men...
It is somewhat unjust that Matchbox Twenty are perhaps best known to UK audiences for their lead singer's dalliance with
rock übermensch Carlos Santana. Rob Thomas lent his talents to Santana's massive selling 'Supernatural' album. It's fair to say the
band have never captured a wider audience here although achieving massive sales in their homeland and some popularity in Australia and New Zealand.
This nicely-packaged DVD is therefore an excellent way to catch up with them, a double set based on their live performance in
Atlanta in June 2003. The main disc is a well-shot, superior stadium rock concert and includes their best-known tunes and
all but two off the 2002 album 'More Than You Think You Are'.
Photograph © 2004 Mark Seliger
The band can certainly pile on a good riff or two, such as 'Cold' and 'Feel' whilst 'Disease' (co-written with Mick Jagger) is the closest
thing here to 'Smooth'.
Disc Two features the now almost mandatory backstage documentary. These episodes are really only of interest to
the committed fan and whilst this is well produced it is somewhat formulaic. I mean, how many times do we need to
learn about the logistics of putting on a stage show and the minutiae of stage lighting? In addition we get a photo gallery
and song lyrics.
All told, this is a veritable Matchbox Twenty fest clocking in at nearly four hours and with enhanced surround sound technology. More than enough
for the fan but a great introduction to the band for others.
2. Real World
3. All I Need
6. Could I Be You
7. 3 AM
8. Mad Season
10. Hand Me Down
11. If You're Gone
12. Bright Lights
15.Back To Good
17. You're So Cool
18. So Sad So Long
19. Long Day
Documentary Footage (50 Minutes approx)
Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
Easter Egg (4 Minutes approx)
2 Songs utilising Multi-Angle Technology
Review by David Randall
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly