Salt Lake's own Clover opened the show with their own brand
of Toad the Wet Sprocket music. This is a group of very talented
musicians who look like famous people (the lead singer is a cross
between Adam Sandler and Helen Hunt, the bassist looks like that
one John from They Might Be Giants) but play very uninteresting
The Rentals this evening kicked much ass--more than Weezer
ever could. At one point, Matt said "there's nothing left to say
'cept 'it's time to jump up and down.'" It was a night for
jumping, acting stupid, and enjoying oneself. Before the show I
was disappointed that Petra Haden from that dog (who played on the
album) had been replaced for the tour, but her replacement,
although she didn't play the fiddle, performed like a star. I
don't know who she is but she does some fierce karate kicks.
Cherielynn Westrich is unbelievably attractive and a fantastic
Between songs Matt Sharp said he and Cherielynn "kicked the shit"
ouand Cherielynn "kicked the shit"
out of Jim and Pat at pool, so it seems that she is, truly, multi
Even though the album is pretty great, the Rentals sound
better live. There's a lot of energy in their stage presence;
they're a group of kids just having a lot of fun, not worrying
about people buying their album or conflicts with the rest of the
band. Maybe because they're not really a band struggling to make
themselves famous they can just relax and be stupid.
As an intro to "Friends of P" Matt sings a few lines from "You
Are Not Alone" from the seminal Michael Jackson. Just put "If
you're down with P" in place of the title and you can sing it at
home. Although Matt won't say, my guess is that friends of P are
also friends of Dionne Warwick and Latoya Jackson, the psychic
friends. Even the over-hyped single sounded good tonight.
They played everything they know, all the songs from the album
plus the "Friends of P" b side. They do a great job.
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