The Lemonheads rolled into town, but left a very sour aftertaste.
Evan Dando was sporting a much shorter hairdo (yuck!) and a major attitude.
To most people, the Lemonheads' songs may seem very 70's and light, but
some of the lyrics do provoke thought. You can always define a band by
their live performance, and the Lemonheads don't lack talent.
Dando's vocals were strong and clear on all of the songs. Their show
started off strongly with "Get on My Own" and "Restless." Other excellent
renditions were "It's a Shame about Ray," "Big Gay Heart," "Into Your Arms,"
and "The Great Big No." The first 2/3 of the show was lethargic and slow
moving, but it picked up speed and really rocked in the last 15 minutes.
Some of the songs were lacking the female voices of Juliana Hatfield and
Belinda Carlisle, and those songs were better with the women singing along.
The show ended with Dando solo, singing "Being Around" as an encore which
the audience enjoyed.
The main gripe about the show - Dando's attitude problem. He stopped after
the second song, apparently pissed off by the amount of bugs attracted to
the stage lights. He asked the audience, "Does anybody here have any bug
spray?" Then the band left the stage for about 10 minutes. The crowd
stopped making noise, bewildered by the band's absence. Midway through the
concert, he asked their fans to stop "crowd surfing" and "for all you people
in the front, turn around and face the stage. You're being rude."
Considering most of the fans attracted to the Lemonheads are high school age
or younger, they should have realized that crowd surfing is a teen
phenomenon at most concerts. It was their way of showing they enjoyed the
concert (however annoying it may be to others trying to enjoy the concert).
Editorial Comment: Personally, I don't like the Lemonheads that much -
their music is too inane for me. And this concert just turned me off on
them. Most bands realize that the fans are the reason why they are
successful. Dando's ego is too inflated considering his music. I was
ready to buy a lifetime subscription to "Die Evan Dando Die!"
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