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Edguy: F*cking With Fire Live

Edguy: F*cking With Fire Live

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

It's no secret to constant readers of Dangerdog Music Review that Edguy was the single most influential European metal band which led to my return melodic heavy metal in 2003. While languishing in the doldrums and mire of American metal for more than ten years, I stumbled upon their first live album 'Burning Down The Opera' which in turn lead back to 'Mandrake.' This, in turn, led me to discover that much of the melodic metal and hard rock famous in American prior to the advent of grunge was still alive and well overseas. And so the story goes as eventually Dangerdog Music Reviews was founded. Therefore, to consider and review Edguy's second double live album is a true joy, and as you will see, a heavily biased, privilege.

This two disc set is actually the soundtrack to Edguy's first concert DVD, another landmark for the band. The set was recorded during the 'Rocket Ride' tour in São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006. It you're keeping track, this concert predates the 'Live in Los Angelos' (recorded in September 2007) bonus disc which came with the 'Tinnitus Sanctus' special editon. Many of the same songs are included, in a different order, for a briefer show (usually done for the small clubs) for the same tour.

In the end, 'F*cking With F*** Live' is a rowdy and pleasing live version of the best and favorite Edguy songs through the 'Rocket Ride' album. I'll always love 'Tears Of A Mandrake,' 'Vain Glory Opera,' and 'Land Of A Miracle,' all of which sound great. Newer classics like 'King Of Fools,' 'Catch Of The Century,' Sacrifice,' and 'Superheroes' sound even better in the live context.

As usual, Tobi Sammet is in fine form: part master of ceremony, part potty-mouth crowd cheerleader, but as always, all charm and enthusiasm. (He also pulls of a few Coverdale howls, and has a few vocal guffaws.) Nobody is doing it better these days. The rest of the band is lively and tight. The crowd is raucous and responsive. My only wish was that this concert was a it more current to include songs from 'Tinnitus Sanctus.' But, no matter: even though this will never supplant 'Burning Down The Opera' for purely sentimental reasons, I'm a huge Edguy so another live album is just great.

In Short

In the end, 'F*cking With F*** Live' is a rowdy and pleasing live version of the best and favorite Edguy songs through the 'Rocket Ride' album. I'm a fan, so this was huge fun for me.

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