Southern Rock Allstars
Trouble’s Comin’ Live- The DVD
For the many of us who have been waiting for so long to see this release, allow me to say, the wait was well worth it. Here we get the very best of The Southern Rock Allstars, with live performances, interviews and zany antics from the road. Live footage from around the world, from SRA staples like “Tough Situation” and “Ghost of You” to Jimmy Farrar’s intense vocal on “Mississippi Queen.” “Morning Dew” features something I have never seen in all my years of SRA shows, and that is Jay Johnson trading guitar in for keyboard duties. The song is awesome, and it is so great to see all of the shots of the late Jakson Spires on the drum kit. As a matter of fact, there is quite a lot of Jakson in this set, and I found myself several times in that twilight zone area between laughter and tears.
Jay sports the KISS shirt during much of the live material, which to me is ultra cool, and there are tons of still photos incorporated into the video. There are plenty of the songs we all love included, like “Beatin’ The Odds,” “Mother” (with a quick but classic close up of Jak acting up), “Train Train” and “Stump Jumpin.’” Mike Estes is included in many of the jams, and if you love Dave Hlubek, hold on to your Captain Morgan, because there is some smokin’ footage of Big Dave rockin.’ Also included is the band’s cover of “Rock and Roll All Night” by KISS, and the amazing rendition of “Highway Song” featuring the Muscle Shoals High School Chorus. For all the Duane Roland fans, there are some performances with Duane as well as some with Blackfoot’s Charlie Hargrett and Greg T. Walker, as well as the late Pete Gedes.
There’s an interlude at the end of Disc One featuring soft music and photos of brother Jakson. A beautiful tribute.
Disc Two is packed with “Mythadventures” of the SRA, including Hlubek’s take on Swedish rum, some hilarious footage of the band having fun, being crazy. Perhaps the most surreal part of the whole package is Jay’s “Davezilla vs. Ultra Man.” I won’t give away the plot, other than to say Godzilla eats Hlubek and comments on what a mouthful he is. Insane? You bet. That’s what makes it so much fun. Crazy hand held camera shots make you feel like you’re watching your cousin Eddie’s home movies, but then it dawns on you, these guys are rock stars. How cool is that?
For any fan of The SRA, or Southern Rock in general, this DVD is a must have. It’s packed with hard hitting, rebel rousing rock and roll, humor and a huge dose of love for the fans and for absent friends. Priceless.
-Michael Buffalo Smith