Believe it or not, Logan, Utah, recently hosted one of the best
concerts in history. It's pretty hard to go wrong with this line
up by itself, but USU made something good incredible. The
security was friendly and easygoing. I saw one security guy
stretch out on the floor in the aisle during Belly's set. The
cops didn't act like they were convinced that everyone in the
place had their pockets stuffed with drugs and guns. Kudos to
USU, you made the trip very worthwhile.
Catherine Wheel opened with the grinding first track from
Happy Days, "God Inside My Head" and set the mood for the
evening. From the new album they played "Little Muscle," "Heal"
(for a friend of theirs who was not in the best of health),
"Shocking," "Judy Staring at the Sun" (with Tanya Donelly), "Eat
My Dust You Insensitive Fuck" (a song about doing what you want to
do, since your young life is so precious) which was emblazoned on
the backgroun was emblazoned on
the background screen throughout their set, and the single "Waydown"
(about a bad day on an aeroplane). From Chrome the set included
"Kill Rhythm" (about killing your best friend), "Crank," "Show me
Mary" (Rob gave the audience a choice between this one and
"Chrome"; the Mary fans yelled loudest), "The Nude," and an aching
acoustic version of "Pain" that caused more healing than hurt.
From Ferment they played "I Want to Touch You", and of course, a
brilliant, completely rearranged version of "Black Metallic" with
some new lyrics and a lot of power.
Little Tanya Donelly rocks pretty hard herself with Belly.
They did great versions of "Superconnected" and "Feed the Tree"
and an evil sounding acoustic "Judas My Heart." Their stage set
was covered with multi-colored lava lamps that looked really cool
in the dark.
If the Wheel and the Belly are coming through your town
anytime soon, make sure you get to see them. You'll hate
yourself if you miss this one.