Friday, December 17, 2010

Crossroads: Def Leppard and Taylor Swift DVD Review

First: The Skinny. Taylor Swift and Def Leppard share the stage for this CMT TV Special. Each plays through some of their greatest hits, sharing the stage with the other. An interesting concept, similar to J-Z and Linkin Park a few years back.

Now, I've never been a big fan of Def Leppard live. They really do a lot of mixing on their vocal for their studio albums, so they sadly sound somewhat inferior live. Backing vocals in particular. But tfor this show, it seemed they brought their A-game. They were entertaining, the vocals, while still inferior to the studio albums, were very good, and Joe Elliot did not look out of place with a girl 30 or so years his junior.

Taylor Swift is somewhat of a mystery to e. She is a country singer. I hate country music. She is a tween idol. I hate tweens. Why do I find her entertaining then? She has a lovely singing voice and her music is **cough** listenable. Mostly, anyway. She and Joe Elliot really blended well on stage.

The song shoices were predictable, but for the short set, these were the songs they had to play. Love story, Photograph, Hysteria, Pour Some Sugar On Me. All the same stuff we've heard a million times before. All great renditions though. Especially Photograph, given it's not my favorite Lepp tune but I found myself air guitaring to. :P The DVD contains 3 deleted songs, I forget the Swift song, but they do Two Steps Behind and Love, two great Leppard tunes. Love in particular was very good, with Swift giving a grammy like performance at the beginning.

Want a great DVD as a gift this year, Ask or give this one. It's worth the 7 or 8bucks it costs, and you'll enjoy almost every bit of it. Especially if you are a fan of either of these acts.


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