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A Concert Review
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
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!!