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Cheap Trick

From Tokyo To You (Live In Japan) DVD

Review by Greg Olma

This DVD was released in 2004, a year after Special One was released.  My memory of this time-frame is that while the album was not that big of a hit, the band always delivered the goods live.  This DVD is a bit different in that it is not a full concert start to finish.  Instead, it is a “mockumentary” of sorts in that between tracks, the band are interviewed about their history.  They weave outlandish tales of their youth and how they got together.  Cheap Trick have always had a sense of humor, and it is certainly present here.  Most of the live material is from their most recent (at the time) record Special One, but they do include some fan favorites like “Big Eyes,” “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.” If I would have any complaints about this disc t it would be that the live material is often “in progress” right after the interview segments.  It’s not a full show and, in some cases, not full songs.  There a few bonus features like a halftime show at a Tokyo football game and some interviews about certain songs.  All in all, this is a worthwhile DVD, and while most Cheap Trick fans will already have it, I would recommend it even for the casual fan.

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