The Rolling Stones concert film “Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78” is the glossier, more professional-looking sibling of the Rolling Stones concert film “Ladies and Gentleman … The Rolling Stones.” Whereas “Ladies and Gentleman” was dark, simple and gritty in the way the movie was filmed, “Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78” has a brightly lit stage with plenty camera angles and shots of the audience.
As previously reported, “Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78” (filmed in Forth Worth, Texas, on the Rolling Stones’ 1978 tour) is set for a worldwide release on DVD and Blu-ray on November 21, 2011. Deluxe editions of the DVD and Blu-ray releases include a CD that consists of all 17 songs from “Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78.”)
“Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78” also presents the band as a group whose priority was to play the music from what was the band’s current album at the time (1978’s “Some Girls”) rather than doing a “greatest hits” show, which is what a typical Rolling Stones concerts is. (A few of the band’s earlier hits are included though, such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Honky Tonk Women,” “Happy” and “Tumbling Dice.”)
With blues-oriented guitarists Brian Jones and Mick Taylor gone from the band’s lineup by the time this 1978 concert was filmed, the Stones with guitarist Ronnie Wood are a band more willing to go beyond its blues-rock roots and experiment with funk (“Miss You”) and punk (“Shattered”). There are other Rolling Stones concert films that are “greatest hits” shows, but if people want to see a high-energy capsule of the band in the late ‘70s before the Rolling Stones’ stadium extravaganzas in the 1980s and 1990s, it doesn’t get much better than “Some Girls Live in Texas ’78.”
I already reviewed “Some Girls Live in Texas ‘78” when it had its limited cinema release in October 2011. (Click here for the complete review of the concert film.)
Here is a review of the three main bonus features on the “Some Girls Live in Texas ’78” DVD and Blu-ray.
Mick Jagger Interview 2011
The best of the bonus features is a 15-minute interview with Rolling Stone lead singer Mick Jagger that he did with journalist Paul Sexton in August 2011. In the interview, Jagger talks about the Rolling Stones’ 1978 Forth Worth concert and his other memories of 1978. (Click here for a transcript of the interview.)
“Saturday Night Live”
The next bonus feature is the band’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 1978. Before the band’s performance is a spoof of the U.S. talk show “Tomorrow,” with Dan Aykroyd playing “Tomorrow” host Tom Snyder and Jagger playing himself. The skit could have been funnier, but Jagger gives it his all. The best part of the skit is when Aykroyd as Snyder imitates some of Jagger’s dance moves.
Unfortunately, the Stones were not at their best in this “Saturday Night Live” performance, in which they did “Beast of Burden,” “Respectable” and “Shattered.” Jagger’s voice is hoarse, and the musicianship is sometimes out of sync. The total running time of this “Saturday Night Live” bonus feature is about 19.5 minutes.
ABC News “20/20” Interviews With the Stones
The last bonus feature is a five-minute “puff piece” profile of the Rolling Stones that originally aired in June 1978 on ABC’s prime-time news program “20/20.” Geraldo Rivera interviewed the Stones at the band’s rehearsal space in Woodstock, New York. Unfortunately, Rivera failed to ask good questions.
Some examples of Rivera’s “investigative reporting”: He asked Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman what he thinks about Jagger as a performer. Naturally, Wyman complimented Jagger: “He’s fantastic. One of the best.”
Rivera asked Jagger, “How have you managed to do the same Mick Jagger act over 16 years?” Jagger has answered this question so many times in interviews that fans already can predict the answer. Rivera asked guitarist Keith Richards, “Do you look forward to going out [on tour]?” Duh.
Ronnie Wood was briefly shown in the interview talking about how being in the band was like having four other brothers. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is not seen talking at all.
The only fairly interesting part of the interview is when Jagger admitted that the band members are competitive with each other about a lot of things: “Who can be the dirtiest or flashiest, who can play the best or sing the best, [who can be] be the most together or the most un-together, who can get the most girls, who can get a particular girl before the other one.” Jagger added with a laugh, “It’s like being a really dumb baseball team.”