The Honor To Be One of the Greatest European Rock Event
susumu-5 | Japan | 06/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Where the hell is Jim Peterik? Well at least he has been out of Survivor since 1996. He left the band to have more freedom for the range of music. Now he is one of the busiest man in AOR field. He not only co-writes a number of great songs with some of the greatest talents in rock field such as John Lynn Turner, Kevin Chalfant, Kelly Keagy, Mick Jones, Don Barnes, Kevin Cronin, Jack Blades, and so on. but he tours with Ides of March members, occasionally reunites 80s rivals for World Stage concerts. And he now have duo project of his own Pride of Lions which already put out two masterpiece albums. In August 2005, Pride of Lions featuring young turk Toby Hitchcock was invited to Belgium for Lokersee Feesten rock festival well-known annual rock events attracting more than 20,000 people one night. As the opening introduction shows POl was invited hugely because for honoring the legend of Survivor Jim Peterik and future rock star Toby Hitchcock. And the audience with the exception of avid fans carrying Pride of Lions banner were lured probably because they heard Survivor hit songs would come alive...
Disc 1: Live In Belgium
Music fans at the festivals are really fortunate to have some of the greatest past and present songs one night. Three Survivor hits THE SEARCH IS OVER, I CAN'T HOLD BACK, and EYE OF THE TIGER were played that night. Particularly Search Is Over became really current and modern and even female voice can sing it. I Can't Hold Back also were differently arranged but it was well done, too. By inserting Survivor hits it proved how POL songs were excellent even comparing with past hits. Yep. It is songs like MUSIC AND ME, SOUND OF HOME, and THE GIFT OF SONG that we miss about present Survivor.
Disc2: Unreleased Studio and Live material
Before buying this live album, be sure to check which version European or Japanese you are going to get. Because there are huge differences in tracks included.
1 Dark Angel
2 Black Ribbons(Voice of the World)
3 Feels Like Another Planet
5 I Can't Hold Back(live)
1 Reckless Love
2 Stand By You
3 So Deadly
4 Surrender to the Night
5 Dark Angel
6 Black Ribbons(Voice Of the World)
7 Feels Like Another Planet
Verdict: I wish I were there...
Rating: 80 out of 100. Toby and Jim could live up to the legend and the audience's expectation. But personally I would rather see it on DVD.
Recommeded for: Survivor fans and Jim Peterik and Pride of Lions fans."