The Come Together Tour (DVD/VHS)
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Apr
To fully express my thoughts on the new DVD release from Third Day, I have to confess something—I don't consider their Grammy Award winning
It's very encouraging to hear that Third Day hopes to really let loose on their next studio album, inspired by the blues-rock frenzy of Robert Randolph and The Family Band and the classic rock sounds of The Elms. More presently, their
Third Day's second DVD,
Three other songs on the DVD were recently featured on Third Day's
The production quality of this concert is as good as any you'll find, regularly confirming that The Come Together Tour was indeed the biggest Third Day tour yet. Though relatively simple, the stage and lighting design is wonderful, often evoking the mood of the songs. The camera work is fast and effective, swooping in with music video quality zooms and pans. "Alien" in particular plays like a live concert music video, with a couple of Matrix-styled effects and the option to change between multiple camera angles on DVD. However, the 90-minute feature presentation inserts video footage between every three songs, and this is a slight annoyance. Most people would rather simply enjoy the concert experience and watch interviews concerning the making of
For DVD viewers, the extras are plentiful and fun. Be sure to check out Third Day's commentary during the concert viewing (which, of course, they did over BBQ). You really do get a sense of watching it with the band in the room, and it's fun to get a sense of what's going through their heads while on stage. Much of it is simply a song-by-song commentary, though the discussion about "Consuming Fire" is especially interesting and their honest takes on modern worship are excellent. (And how bizarre of Third Day to mention hair metal band Great White only days before the tragic Rhode Island rock club accident!) Most illuminating is bassist Tai Anderson's fascination with the technical aspects of tour production, to the point of it being a second career. It partially explains why The Come Together Tour looked so good, and listening to his commentary reveals everything from the workings of lighting and inner-ear monitors to the "awful truth" about artists and encores.
The DVD also includes 15 minutes of "Making the DVD," which is educational only to those with an interest in such technical jargon. There's 15 minutes of deleted scenes that mostly focus on Tai, guitarist Mark Lee, and lead singer Mac Powell wisecracking while getting their hair cut. In another 10-minute featurette, Christian artists who have toured with Third Day (such as Michael W. Smith and Paul Colman Trio) offer funny stories and words of appreciation to the band. A glimpse of the tour rehearsal, a trivia game, and a snippet of Mac attempting to incorporate his trumpet skills into the show round out the numerous and frivolous goodies to be found.