By Sean Wendell If you couldn’t get tickets to see Casting Crowns’ The Altar and The Door Tour, you can see and hear it all in their new live CD/DVD set: The Altar and The Door Live.
The Altar and The Door Tour was one of Christian music’s top-attended tours of all time with an attendance mark of almost 500,000 people, including a packed show at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL on February 24, where this set was recorded. The CD and DVD feature eight songs including “East to West,” “Every Man” and “Somewhere in The Middle” (with special guest John Waller). Casting Crowns put on a great performance and the CD/DVD captures all the energy and passion they bring to their shows. I watched the DVD at home and enjoyed the 5.1 surround mix of the concert. It was like having the best seat in the stadium. The CD has been the soundtrack on many car trips, leaving me feeling uplifted and ready to “Love Them Like Jesus.”
While the DVD contains the same song performances as the CD, it also contains a drum solo and Mark Hall talking to the crowd throughout the night. Not only does the DVD contain these additional “live” moments, it is also packed with 35 minutes of bonus material. The bonus material includes teaching material from lead-singer/songwriter Mark Hall featuring four five-minute teaching videos about the songs “Slow Fade,” “Every Man,” “The Altar and The Door” and “East to West.” The one thing The Altar and The Door Live left me wanting was more Casting Crowns. The teaching material is great and would be excellent for Bible studies, youth group or small group discussions. The other bonus material gives you a good look at the band and what life is like on the road. One of my favorite parts of the bonus material is a video that focuses on the ministry of the band. They talk about a point in the concert where all the band members lift the audience in prayer. The new music video for the song “Slow Fade” is also in the bonus material. After all of that I still wanted more!
If you are a fan of Casting Crowns this CD/DVD set is a must own. Anyone looking to incorporate new teaching material into worship or small group time should consider this set as well. I can’t wait for more from Casting Crowns.