I bought this VHS years ago when Steps were at the height of their fame, however they have since reformed!
This VHS (or DVD if you have the DVD version) is a full length Steps concert filmed in Manchester back in the late 1990s. The band perform their most well known hits such as 5, 6, 7, 8 and Last Thing On My Mind. The concert is a lot of fun and is a nice keepsake for any Steps fan. Yes, it's a bit dated, but who cares? Besides, the band have since reformed and are embarking on a U.K tour in three weeks!
The concert is a lot of fun. The band somehow manage to perform a number of rather complex dance routines without experiencing any difficulty and it's nice to see the band on stage together and performing as a group. Having said that, the band "split up" during the show to perform a number each. This showcases the vocals of each member and they CAN all sing. It's a nice addition to the show as you begin to notice that as the show goes on most of the vocals are handed out to Faye and Claire.
Looking back at the show I am not 100% sure that the band members sing live. I am certain they do for the individual numbers but for the more energetic songs I am 99.9% certain that they mime their way through them, which is a huge disappointment. Songs such as 5, 6, 7, 8 and One For Sorrow are clearly mimed. I think the band should have sang live as they ARE capable of singing live, just look at the individual numbers.
Still, it's a good show and a lot of fun.
I am so excited because the British pop group Steps are back after being absent from the charts! They have also announced a tour for next year which I can't wait to go an see. To get back into the 'Steps' mode, I have been watching all of their videos. Today, I will be reviewing, 'The Next Step Live'.
The Next Step Live VHS (there isn't a DVD) was released in the United Kingdom in 1999 and so it is quite old now. This DVD is of the Manchester concert. The VHS is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £2.75, which I think is good value for what you get, although I do think that this is a bit expensive considering that you can't get VHS anymore and can find DVDs for cheaper than that.
1) Love's Got A Hold On My Heart 2) Last Thing On My Mind 3) When I Said Goodbye 4) After The Love Has Gone 5) Deeper Shade Of Blue 6) We're Gonna Have A Party 7) Since You Took Your Love Away 8) Heartbeat 9) One For Sorrow 10) Careless Whisper 11) I Think It's Love 12) Ghostbusters 13) Medley: Better Best Forgotten / 5,6,7,8 14) Just Like The First Time 15) Say You'll Be Mine 16) Better The Devil You Know 17) Tragedy
Out of all of the Steps shows - and I have seen most of them, I would have to say that this is the best Steps show ever - it's just more exciting than the others, even though the others had loads more effects etc.
I like the way that they make an entrance; they don't appear on stage or from the sky like you would expect; they actually come through the audience wearing masks - very effective.
There are some good effects in this show - they have 'rain' which consists of like 'electric' - this is really effective. I also like the stage set which is a big huge pyramid - this is also clever because it opens up and so is used as an extra stage entrance.
Come to think of it, I don't think any of the songs were live - I think that the band mimed their way through the whole show which is a shame. I remember when I was younger, I used to think how great they were that they could sing and dance really well - although now they were only dancing and miming.
Each member of Steps performs a solo song. Lee is up first with 'We're Gonna Have A Party', then Faye with 'Since You Took Your Love Away' then H with 'Careless Whisper', Claire with 'I Think It's Love' and finally Lisa with 'Just Like The First Time'. I like this because it gives each member a chance to shine and lets them show their personalities.
My favourite performances from the whole show are:
Since You Took Your Love Away - very dramatic and just a good performance.
Deeper Shade Of Blue - great lighting and like the way they drive around the stage on a golf buggy.
Just Like The First Time - a great party song and I loved the dance routine. It is still one of my favourite Steps songs.
Better The Devil You Know - their outfits are really cool (long red coats and devil horns). It's a good song with a good dance routine.
Tragedy - a brilliant and dramatic way to end the show.
The show is very energetic and you will find it hard to just sit and watch it. It just makes you want to get up and dance along - I actually learnt all of the Steps' dance routines that I know (and still remember) from watching this show. I find that this show is a great workout for me, because I dance along with it. There are ten dancers as well as Steps and so there are 15 in total on stage, which does sound crowded, however they really add to the show.
There is a behind the scenes section on the video which includes an interview with the band as well as behind the scenes footage, such as them rehearsing on stage and H giving you a tour of the arena and stage. You can have a look around the wardrobe with Claire, listen to a talk by Faye about what it is like to be on stage, learn the 'Say You'll Be Mine' dance routine with Lisa and work out and get ready for a show with Lee. I enjoyed this part because it lets you see what the band are like off stage. It would have been better if this section was a bit longer rather than being just about 10 minutes long!
I would definitely recommend this video!
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