TIRED OF THE FUSS?
THERE'S nothing quite like a live show -- and, even with
the summer concert season winding down, there are still plenty of big names
on the road, headed for a nearby venue. But what if you've had your fill
of teeming crowds, temperamental sound systems and post-performance parking
lot gridlock? One solution: Stay home and get your music fix via video.
Below, a look at a dozen best bets among the latest crop of in-concert rock,
pop, rap and jazz/fusion videos. Unless otherwise noted, all clock in at
about one hour.
(Live at the Town & Country reviewed)
POGUES: "Live at the Town and Country" (Island): The Pogues,
whose raucous post-punk approach to traditional Celtic folk music makes
them one of the most exciting and original bands around, are in fine form
in this St. Patrick's Day performance at a London club. Songs include "Dirty
Old Town," "Fairytale
of New York," "Rainy
Night in Soho" and "London Calling"; guest musicians
include Joe Strummer (of Clash fame), who is interviewed backstage and offers
capsule comments on each of the band members. The best backstage moment
comes when Strummer describes front man and songwriter Shane MacGowan as
a "visionary, one of the finest writers of the century," while
the camera catches Alfred E. Newman-look-alike MacGowan looking especially
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