20th Anniversary World Tour 2004
Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
By: Ilker Yucel
Celebrating two decades of conceptual continuity, KMFDM prove that age hasn’t slowed them down a bit.
In 2004, the ultra heavy beat powerhouse known as KMFDM celebrated their 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a World Tour. Spanning 62 shows in 10 countries, the tour brought them to Russia, Australia, and the United States. Now, they release their third DVD in as many years; the 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary World Tour 2004 DVD contains all of the requisite materials fans have come to expect from a KMFDM DVD: excellent live videos, backstage footage, interviews, and a plethora of background information on the band and the tour (including entries from Lucia’s Tour Journal). What makes this DVD special above Sturm & Drang Tour 2002 and WWIII Tour 2003 is the presence of the FanKam, in which the band showcases live videos shot and submitted by the fans.
The live show is pretty much par for the course for KMFDM; loud, hard, and rocking, the band rips the system like never before. While Raymond “Pig” Watts is sorely missed on this DVD, his absence does little to hinder the enjoyment factor of the live show. Here, KMFDM play a variety of songs from throughout their two-decade long existence, updating some past hits as only the current lineup of Sascha Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli, Joolz Hodgson, Steve White, and Andy Selway can do. Highlights include “Sex on the Flag” and “Liebeslied” (one of the songs responsible for the infamous Naïve copyright debacle). En Esch may not be in the band anymore, but Sascha & co. more than make up for it as they tear the song up harder than ever before. The same can be said for the new rendition of “Flesh,” in which Joolz shreds the guitar like a madman. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of “Last Things,” one of the best songs from WWIII that was left off of the last tour’s setlist. As one of Lucia’s best-penned songs, “Last Things” is worth the price of this DVD alone.
The FanKam versions of the live videos barely deviate from the official versions; aside from the little differences between shows, the music is virtually the same, which shows just how tight-knit KMFDM is with their performances and each other. They also include snippets of interviews with the band and the fans after the shows. Still, it is an interesting complement to the official versions, as well as an excellent thank you to the fans. The backstage footage of the band is as humorous as ever, showing the band and their crew to be not only intelligent and witty, but also as a bunch of party animals out to have a good time wherever they are.
If anything can be said against this DVD, it would be the lack of comprehensive information about the band throughout the years. While the biographical information on the current lineup is welcome, it might have been more satisfactory to include more about the various individuals who have collaborated with KMFDM over the last two decades. However, this is excusable considering that the DVD documents the tour and not so much the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary. Still, it is a feature that would have made the DVD even more exceptional. Not much can be said for the absence of Raymond Watts considering his personal problems that kept him away from the band since the WWIII Tour, so that is excusable as well. Above all, while some may see this as yet another DVD for the band to market and capitalize on their continued success, since when has marketing been a bad thing? The 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary World Tour 2004 DVD is KMFDM’s gift for the fans by the fans, commemorating two decades of industrial mayhem.