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Star 69
A Concert Review

May 27, 1997

The Metro

Chicago, IL

A Review and Photo by
The Dude on the Right
Julie Daniels
Julie Daniels
Star 69 has a lot of things making it ready for that jump to popularity, except just a lack of some experience. Now, yes, I've been sitting on this review for some time, and maybe they have some of that experience by now, but their show at The Metro in Chicago on May 27th, 1997, just missed taking the band over that edge.

With lead singer Julie Daniels, Star 69 was stuck on a cramped stage for their half-hour of convincing for the early folks at the show. They were in that wonderful opener of the opening band slot, and they might be able to change that, but it will take a little more energy for me to be impressed with their live show. See, I'm standing there, listening to songs I was familiar with from their release "Eating February," and it struck me that Julie really does have a great voice, although the dudes in the audience were liking her for more than her voice as was obvious from the many whistles that were flying this evening. But as Star 69 ran through some of their songs, ones like "I'm Selfish" and "You Are Here," all with biting lyrics if you listen to them, the band was lacking in the passion and energy the songs should have. I don't know, and I'm not their manager or anything, and maybe Julie has to handle that rhythm guitar part, but when she ditched the guitar during "Burning Down the House," she finally seemed like she was able to make the music mean something rather than being trapped behind her guitar.

The show ended with "I'm Insane," and the polite Metro crowd gave them a nice farewell, but I saw the potential for a lot more. The band has the looks, has the potential for some catchy songs, but is really just lacking the passion, although there are sparks every now and then, let's just hope they get a little brighter.

I don't really want to, but it's a SHRUG for Star 69. It's not a bad shrug, but a good shrug, because I see the potential for more - just not at this show.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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