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Live from Amsterdam
Video by Alter Bridge
Released September 12, 2009 (Amazon exclusive version)
March 23, 2010 (standard retail & deluxe versions)
Recorded December 7, 2008
Heineken Music Hall
Amsterdam
Genre Hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge
Label Universal Republic Records
Producer Dan Catullo
Alter Bridge chronology
Blackbird
(2007)
Live from Amsterdam
(2009)
Untitled
(2010)

Live from Amsterdam, also sometimes called Alter Bridge – Live From Amsterdam or Live in Amsterdam, was the DVD release from hard rock band Alter Bridge recorded on December 7, 2008 at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Information regarding the DVD can be found on the official DVD MySpace page. So far, two sneak previews of the DVD have been uploaded to the official Alter Bridge website, the aforementioned MySpace page, and onto YouTube. The two previews are clips of the band performing their song "White Knuckles"[1] and an acoustic version of their hit "Watch Over You."[2] Another sneak preview has been offered if the aforementioned MySpace page gets 5,000 friends. The DVD is slated for a March 23, 2010 release after many months of delays. A video of the fan favorite "In Loving Memory" surfaced on YouTube in November.

Live from Amsterdam was produced by Dan Catullo, who had previously worked with the likes of Nickelback, Ra, Godsmack, and the Smashing Pumpkins. The DVD is also the first Alter Bridge release to sport a Parental Advisory sticker due to the two brief uses of profanity heard in "Before Tomorrow Comes" and "Buried Alive," respectively.[3]

Contents

Filming, editing, and delays

The DVD was shot in Amsterdam late into the band's 2007-2008 Blackbird tour, but Alter Bridge had originally decided to film it at the Brixton Academy in London. However, scheduling conflicts and other issues had caused the band to only use a small amount of cameras during the Brixton concert. The DVD was later re-shot in Amsterdam with a total of 22 cameras.

Originally, a tentative release date had been set for February of 2009, but it was later pushed back to April due to the extensive time it took to edit the DVD; then it was set to be released sometime in May, and then pushed to late summer. A confirmed release date of September 29, 2009 was finally revealed on the DVD's MySpace page. The DVD was then postponed again due to legal issues between the record labels and the new release date was February 23, 2010, one full year after the release date that was originally planned, though it has been delayed for the sixth time. Michael Tremonti, the band's publicist, has said that it is purely due to Universal Republic Records threatening to sue the distribution company if they do release it. No explanation on Universal's part has been given for the continual setbacks.

Versions

According to director Dan Catullo, there will actually be three versions of Live from Amsterdam, in addition to the Blu-ray release of the standard retail version that will be available in November of 2009:

  • A single disc version with all 18 songs but no additional material, which will be sold exclusively at venues during the Creed reunion tour, was going to come out on August 4, but a delay in production caused it to be released instead on September 12. It will also be sold through Amazon.com. This is otherwise referred to as the tour version or the Amazon exclusive version.
  • The standard retail version, with 14 songs and an hour's worth of bonus features, including an 8 page book, a 30 minute documentary, a photo gallery, and 2 audio streams. The original release date was September 22, 2009, only to be pushed back a week later. Since then, however, it was delayed once again and will be release on March 23, 2010.
  • A deluxe version, which will be a box set of the entire concert complete with deluxe packaging, an 16 page book, a 60 minute documentary, a photo gallery, outtakes, and 4 audio streams, is to be released also on the same date as the retail version. There will also be another deluxe version sold that will be a 2 disc CD/DVD version.

The latter of the two will be released in stores worldwide.

Reception

The reception even towards the Amazon exclusive version, which features one disc with the entire concert, has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews by fans. The DVD went to #1 on Amazon in rock music DVDs and debuted at #9 in the UK. Amazon expected the DVD to sell a couple hundred copies in a month, but it ended up selling over 6,000 copies in a week, sending it to #1 in just one day. The DVD has spent over a month in the top 100.

Track listing

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Standard retail version

  1. "Come to Life"
  2. "Find the Real"
  3. "Before Tomorrow Comes"
  4. "Brand New Start"
  5. "White Knuckles"
  6. "Buried Alive"
  7. "Coming Home"
  8. "One Day Remains"
  9. "Watch Over You" (acoustic version)
  10. "Ties That Bind"
  11. "Metalingus"
  12. "Open Your Eyes"
  13. "Broken Wings"
  14. "Rise Today"

Deluxe box set

  1. "Come to Life"
  2. "Find the Real"
  3. "Before Tomorrow Comes"
  4. "Brand New Start"
  5. "White Knuckles"
  6. "Buried Alive"
  7. "Coming Home"
  8. "One Day Remains"
  9. "Watch Over You" (acoustic version)
  10. "Ties That Bind"
  11. "Blackbird"
  12. "In Loving Memory"
  13. "Metalingus"
  14. "Open Your Eyes"
  15. "Broken Wings"
  16. "New Way to Live"
  17. "Traveling Riverside Blues" (Robert Johnson cover)
  18. "Rise Today"

Note: The inclusion of "New Way to Live," a Best Buy exclusive bonus track for Blackbird and the B-side for "Rise Today," marks the second recorded time the song was performed live.

Amazon exclusive version

  1. "Come to Life"
  2. "Find the Real"
  3. "Before Tomorrow Comes"
  4. "Brand New Start"
  5. "White Knuckles"
  6. "Buried Alive"
  7. "Coming Home"
  8. "One Day Remains"
  9. "Watch Over You" (acoustic version)
  10. "Ties That Bind"
  11. "Blackbird"
  12. "In Loving Memory"
  13. "Metalingus"
  14. "Open Your Eyes"
  15. "Broken Wings"
  16. "New Way to Live"
  17. "Traveling Riverside Blues" (Robert Johnson cover)
  18. "Rise Today"

Personnel

Band members

Other

References

Official DVD MySpace

External links


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