Sound — 8
It's been the reunion tour of the year -- Motley Crue in their original cast back on stage with 50-date Red, White & Crue U.S. tour (I'm not even talking about European part of it). So, you know what to expect after that -- live DVD with lotsa nice features! So, here it is -- "Carnival Of Sins" DVD by Motley Crue, live concert, shot in Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 2005. This isn't just a rock concert that we used to see nowdays - three guys in front of microphones and one in a dark corner behind a drumset. "Carnival Of Sins" is a full event with sexy dancers, aerialists, evil clowns with huge faces, pyrotechnic, even a midget! Motley Crue's got wild again -- playing a rock show in a circus arena. The concert includes everything you might want to hear -- all the greatest hits as well as fresh tunes from the new album. It's amazing how people, having not even talked to each other for 6 years can produce so solid and wonderful play. The sound quality is awesome -- 5.1 surround sound mixed by legendary producers Bob Rock and Mike Gillies. With a good stereo system you've got a feeling you've just been to a concert.
Content — 7
The DVD starts with the band at their most ambitious -- in a clay-motion cartoon "Disaster" about themselves -- it tells you a story of Motley Crue discovering the world is about to end and deciding to play the loudest rock-n-roll show in history. With a couple of "not-so-funny" jokes, that feature looks just like the guys didn't know what to start the DVD with... And the most intrigue part of the DVD -- bonus features! As well as with the concert, here Motley Crue won't disappoint you: Carnival Of Sins is totally an all access look on what is going on backstage. You can even find out how much it costs it feed the band and the crew after the show! Special attention is paid to Motley Crue's big "titty" love -- there's a special segment on the second disc "Motley Crue's Greatest *its" -- which shows how much fun all the guys have with Tommy's "Titty Cam." Plus, there is a video of some really happy fans, who won tons of Motley Crue merchandise (the luckiest ones got parts of a crashed guitar) and a meeting with a band. And music videos for "Sick Love Song," "If I Die Tomorrow," and "On With The Show."
Production Quality — 7
As well as the concert and the documentary part of the DVD are stunning. The show is mostly in dark colors, which gives it a feeling of a vintage carnival. Nothing distracts you from enjoying the show and the whole thing goes pretty smooth. The only thing that bugged me was numerous fans' views. Well, that's probably the female being that doesn't allow me to enjoy all those women with huge boobs; guys should like it much more.
Overall Impression — 8
Expecting the band to show some of their highly professional skills, you'd probably be disappointed -- "Carnival Of Sins" is more of a circus show, than a vanity fair of musical skills. Tommy Lee's drum solo is half a minute of him actually playing drums and the rest of the time flying in between two sets of pans. Nikki Sixx solo is a bit embarrassing -- it's more like "look at this girl with sparkles between her legs" show, than something you can call a musical solo. If you were wondering if the band that was one of the biggest in the '80s could still rock and make the tickets to the show worth paying for, "Carnival Of Sins" is a good answer. Sure they're not that young and not in that good shape (it's most obvious when you see Mick Mars' interview in from of the camera -- you realize why he's wearing hat all the time -- he looks like a ghost without it) as they were last time together. But, hey, still there's no other rock-n-roll band better!