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Live from Hawaii: The Farewell Concert (CD + DVD)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
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Classy farewell from one of the three most important Christi
bass boy | Arkansas | 08/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stunning concert document of Audio Adrenaline, bidding farewell to their fans in a beautiful amphitheater setting in Hawaii. As the sun goes down - while the band is pumping out inspired, wonderful versions of "Underdog," "King," "I Get Down," "Clap Your Hands," "Ocean Floor" and a few others - a certain sadness will hit the viewer. It's a somber moment, seeing this band forced to give up being a band due to lead singer Mark Stuart's war-torn vocal cords. Even with his voice just about gone, Stuart gives 200 percent with a smile on his face, working the crowd and inspring his bandmates as they blast through their back catalog. And speaking of Stuart's voice, even though it's rougher here (the video was shot in April 2007) than the band's Springfield, Mo. gig in late 2005, AA still rocks the house. Just when you think you'll tear up (and you will), Stuart reassures you that it's OK. God has other plans for the AA guys as individuals. "It's a celebration," Stuart hollers into the cordless mic, and you can't help but agree. Fighting back tears, Stuart sings the band's latest single, "Goodbye," with the band at the end of the night. Moving, simply moving.
Drummer Ben Cissel, guitarist Tyler Burkhum, bassist Will McGinnis and their "hired gun" friend on rhythm guitar go down blazing, in style and for God. Pick up this DVD/CD combo now ... it'll be best fourteen bucks you've spent in a long time. Great (slow) editing angles and nice fat sound.
Joshua D. Dent | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fitting end to the life of Audio Adrenaline. It was heart breaking to hear Mark Stuart struggling through singing some of those songs, but overall very good performance. This album also contains the good version of "We're A Band" not the junky version that they recorded in the studio.
The live DVD also offer a complete record of the last concert, if you haven't seen Audio Adrenaline live I highly recommend seeing the video since you'll never see them live again. They were tremendously better live than in the studio, full of energy and life and all from the heart. I actually cried.
The DVD also contains some extra features, interviews and information about the Hands and Feet Project."
Only if you need to complete your collection...
Mark Kanzler | Seattle, WA | 03/02/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't care for this one at all.
Aparently they hadn't played for awhile because of the lead singer's
voice problem, and it was a last hurrah kind of show, but I think it was a disappointment -
they gave it all they had, but it really just wasn't there.
It seemed like even the crowd was not really there - he kept having to make attempts to get them excited about the show.
It felt forced and artificial - not at all like other shows where the
moment the band strikes the first note the crowd goes wild.
(e.g. Newsboys "Houston, we are go" DVD)
I wouldn't put the band down for trying, but for me, it really didn't work.
We'll be putting the DVD for sale on eBay... with full disclosure that if
you want it to complete your collection, it's available, but the quality
is questionable, so bid accordingly.
It really shows what can happen when a singer belts out lyrics and doesn't
get instruction from a good vocal coach on how to project loud vocals safely.
It' sad to see a great band with a powerful ministry have to call it quits,
but you also have to respect them for doing it that way rather
than just replacing the lead singer and continuing (which would be
fine as well... either way is honorable and it'd be a tough decision).
I'm sure we'll be seeing the rest of the band in other roles."