from Medway Towns
, 23 Aug 2011
I really really like Sammy Hagar. I have been enjoying his work ever since I first heard his concert album All Night Long released in 1979. I was not a fan of Van Hagar but I have enjoyed his solo work and definitely dig Chickenfoot.
This dvd, Long Road to Cabo, is not very interesting. He mentions in the film that they have filmed 152 hours of stuff but whoever did the editing left us with a shallow product full of inanities. There's just no depth! It's all hyper-edited with teeny-weeny interview segments spliced in-between songs composed of multiple performances.
Concert footage, really, should be left whole so that the viewer who will never see the man in concert can at least get a vicarious thrill at watching an unedited performance from start to finish without hyperactive jumpcuts. Just point the camera at the stage and leave it alone! We don't want all this flashy to and fro. We don't need to see the bassist and then the drummer and then the singer and then the guitarist and then back for a split second at the bassist and then the drummer and etc etc etc. Just let us watch the show in peace, man!! I promise I won't fall asleep if you just use one friggin camera and keep it pointed at the stage!
So, disc 1 is mostly concert footage mixed with tiny momentary interviews of no real depth. The concert footage is all flash and hyper-edits. Each song you 'see' is composed of footage of that same song but from many different performances. YAWN.
Disc 2 is full of odds and ends that are mostly just blah blah blah...not very interesting at all. There is one exception and that is the segment where Sammy is cooking in his kitchen. I LIKED IT VERY MUCH. I liked seeing his posh kitchen and enjoyed watching the man cook in a Jamie Oliver kind of way. It's actually the most revealing and interesting segment of both dvds. The rest is just pap.
Overall it suffers from the pretense that life for Sammy and his mates is just one big happy party with no intellect or soul or introspection. If you're expecting to see some sort of showdown between Sammy & David Lee Roth you will be disappointed. Roth is shown for all of 2 seconds shaking hands with Sammy outside of Roth's tour bus at the beginning of the tour. There is no footage of any shenanigans. All we get are some tiny clips of Sammy in the back of a limo talking about how Dave messed him about regarding who would open and who would close the shows.
And to think: 152 hours of film and this was the best they could come up with. Why? Because Sammy is worried about boring his fans. He thinks the majority of his fans are like those beer-swilling morons who trek to Cabo to see him perform and will cheer at anything good or bad. When actually, the majority of his fans have more brains and soul than he gives them credit for. Most of his fans read and understand the lyrics; those who go to Cabo clearly don't.
Oh well. I am sure there's a decent film somewhere in that 152 hours of footage, but it's doubtful we will ever see it.
The Long Road to Cabo was aimed at the lowest common denominator---the shallow stoners and drunks who never did well in school and will never fathom such lines as 'We can't change the world/We gotta change the way we think about it'.
Just calling it like I see it, baby. I love you, Sam. But man, you really don't know your audience because if you did, you would've given us something far better than this inane claptrap.
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