Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"A.I.M.S. Gala - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" DVD

Documenting an all-star rock benefit from way back in 1988, this show was curated and organized by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, and this pro-shot DVD features some unexpected on-stage jams by some major names.

Opening the show, we get 3 songs by Elvis Costello and Chrissie Hynde -- all fine work, and including their cover of "There's A Place". Then comes Chris Rea, who adds 4 tracks of bluesy soft-rock. The "All-Star Band" is the true highlight, featuring 7 songs and contributions from Wyman and fellow Stone Ronnie Wood, Phil Collins (thankfully on drums, rather than vocals), Costello and Hynde, Ian Dury, Eddy Grant (remember "Electric Avenue"?), and even flash-in-the-pan Terence Trent D'Arby. Hah!

Anyway, this is a well-done look at a one-time superstar rock show, with plenty of greats jamming for a good cause (the show benefit both aspiring artists as well as a hospital in London). (MVD Visual)

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