'Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre'
(Doobie Brothers / DVD / NR / 2011 / Eagle Records)
Overview: Recorded at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California in 1982, this concert was the last date on the Doobie Brothers' 'Farewell Tour'. It was an emotional night and would be their last gig for 5 years.
DVD Verdict: The Doobie Brothers have sold over 30 million albums in the United States from the 1970s to the present. Indeed, the band were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. And yes, this might be a throwback release but my God, everyone in the band is on fire!
I think most people at that show in Sept '82 genuninely assumed that it was the last time they would be seeing the band. The faces in the crowd would seriously suggest such a thing, but we all know Farewell Tours and usually not always anything close - YES, I'm talking to you KISS and The Eagles!
As mentioned above, the entire band are in great form and rise to the occasion magnificently. Funnily enough, an album called Farewell Tour was released by Warner Bros. in 1983, but this featured tracks recorded at several different concerts across the tour.
On this DVD, and the accompanying CD, this concert is 74 minutes which means 16 songs. The great 'Listen To The Music' begins the show and in perfect symmetry, closes it too!. Plus, there are 5 more concert songs from the same show (22 minutes) as a bonus! Also, as if you couldn't believe what you have now, there are bonus musician interviews in the Special Features too!
Also, what made this show very special was that after the guys had played a rockin' set - containing all their best loved hits from across their career - they are joined by founder member Tom Johnston for the last two tracks; with former members John Hartman (also from the original line-up), Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack coming on stage for the celebratory finale of the aforementioned 'Listen To The Music.' This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.