REO Speedwagon

Real Artists Working [Video/DVD]

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August of 2002 saw a new addition to the ongoing music home video/DVD series, RAW: Real Artists Working, which focused on longtime arena rockers REO Speedwagon. Recorded at a tour stop at the Cerritos Center of the Performing Arts in California, the video spotlights the latter-day version of the group (singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin, guitarist Dave Amato, bassist Bruce Hall, keyboardist Neal Doughty, and drummer Bryan Hitt). Focusing primarily on interviews with each bandmember (during which they discuss their equipment in great detail), RAW: Real Artists Working contains a smattering of live performances, as well. But a major problem is that few of the songs are featured in their entirety (only a pair are included as full-length versions -- "Can't Fight this Feeling" and "Take it on the Run"), and even those are intercut with images of the group backstage. Additionally, the live performances employ an irritating camera effect throughout (only when they show black and white footage is the group filmed they way they truly appear on stage). But despite its flaws, the bandmembers' interviews do prove to be insightful regarding their instruments of choice. Recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo Surround sound, RAW: Real Artists Working also includes several added interview segments, which can be accessed under the program's 'bonus' feature.