The Who's Live at the Royal Albert Hall captures a charity concert for a cancer organization the reunited group performed in November of 2000. Given the band's spotty track record in their farewell tours and reunions of the '80s and '90s, it's easy for some longtime fans to be skeptical of the musical merits of the triple-disc hybrid SACD release of this concert, but this is an exceptional reunion concert, finding the band at their strongest since their early-'80s breakup. Supported by drummer Zak Starkey and longtime keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle (in one of his last major concerts) sound reinvigorated, playing such standards as "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" with vigor and energy, as if they haven't played them countless times.
This journey through the decade takes viewers from a time of just three channels, when TV beauty contests and TOTP’s Legs & Co cavorting in next to nothing ruled the airwaves – all the way through to the worst TV awards ceremony of all time and the insane beginnings of ‘Yoof’ TV. Along the way, we gained a fourth channel, a kids' TV music show called The Minipops, TV’s worst ever sitcom, abysmal new soaps, toe-curling chat shows, disastrous ‘live’ performances, The Hitman & Her – and Anthea Turner having her head set on fire. Of course, for viewers, the disasters can be hugely entertaining – and sometimes when TV went seemingly wrong, it actually helped rewrite the rulebook – if we hadn’t met a new breed of chef in Keith Floyd, we may never have had Gordon Ramsay.
A wildly successful band in their own right, Toto helped shaped the sound of pop music in the '70s and '80s not just with their own songs, but as studio musicians for Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, and Michael Jackson. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the band that served as the backbone for some of the smoothest pop hits of their day take Europe by storm on 35th Anniversary Tour: Live in Poland. Playing to a massive, standing-room-only crowd in Lodz, Poland, a lineup featuring Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, and Joseph Williams take to the stage to deliver a stellar performance for their ecstatic European fans. Featuring hits like "Africa," "Rosanna," and a rousing rendition of "Hold the Line," this live set does their old material justice, and will be a welcome addition to the collection of any die-hard Toto fan.