Friday, May 27, 2005
Heroes and Villains Part 2
One thing that was incredibly touching, you saw Brian break into a huge smile many, many times during the show. It's obvious that even though he was scared out of his wits, he was very pleased with the way this show came off and with the love and affection it received. The word that keeps coming to mind when I see him is "haunted", but I think this really did exorcise some of his demons.
Somewhat related, both Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy's sites are selling a DVD of their Yellow Matter Custard Beatles tribute, which I reviewed last year here and on Blogcritics. Although I had my quibbles about how some pieces were played (Portnoy was playing more like Carl Palmer than Ringo at times, plus Paul Gilbert's fretboard tapping had no business appearing in the set), I generally liked the set, it was eclectic enough to keep me happy (although woefully light on Revolver from my perspective). Neal Morse's site describes it as an "official bootleg", shot with two cameras and very good under the circumstances (I take it there's a bit of expectation management in that description), but then again, neo-prog isn't a high-budget area for music, so I wouldn't expect a huge investment in the production values. The Spock's Beard DVD had so-so video, however, it was definitely a great document. I'm not expecting wonders, but I think it'll be very cool to see how the band looked at work. The DVD can be ordered from Morse's Radiant Records or from Mike Portnoy.