LIVE IN CONCERT
SONY RELEASE: NOVEMBER 3, 2003 REVIEW: JANUARY 5, 2004
Lakaien is one of the trend-setting and best-selling bands on the German
alternative stage. After enjoying the "Live in Concert" DVD
from the "White Lies Tour" in Potsdam (November 29, 2002), I
am reminded why. Ernst Horn and Alexander Veljanov have really succeeded
to get the best out from the mix of acoustic and electronic music.
The DVD went straight into my heart with the intro song “Colour-ize”.
And after that followed most of the band’s hits; half of the songs
are from the album “White Lies”, the others are old material
in somewhat different arrangements. Compared to the concert I watched
with Deine Lakaien in Leipzig in June 2003, it feels like the playlist
in Potsdam was more complete and really showed the best from the works
of the band.
already a saved fan of Deine Lakaien, I am the first to admit this is
not a band you catch on stage because of their spectacular scene shows.
Ernst Horn did show the audience his back almost all the time and the
other four musicians are more focused on their musical performance than
anything else. But I have to admit that Veljanov has a charisma that reaches
far beyond many vocalists.
concert starts with some songs from the band’s electronic repertoire,
in the middle there are some really nice acoustic songs like ”Return”
and “Love Me to the End”, and in the end we can enjoy the
"rock songs" as for instance ”Dark Star” and “Reincarnation/Life
Is a Sexually Transmitted Disease”.
extra material, we are just just served a simple interview with Ernst
Horn and Alexander Veljanov. It is a quite flat one; Horn tells the story
behind the idea with Deine Lakaien and we learn a little bit about the
band members rock star habits. But it does not give much extra information
and I could have lived without it.
those who do not have a TV and a DVD-player – don’t worry.
The concert is also available on a double-CD and vinyl, which I actually
think is a more must-have than the DVD. Not at least because the CD contains
some extra tracks.