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The Corrs
A Concert Review

August 11, 1996

The New World
Music Theater

Tinley Park, IL

A Review by Stu Gotz &
The Dude on the Right
Photos by The Dude
Andrea Corr
Andrea Corr
The review from Stu Gotz:
Well over a year ago I was cruising the CD isle at my local Best Buy (why pay more?) when I came across a listening station. What caught my eye at the station was a CD cover for a band I've never heard of. The band was The Corrs and the CD cover pictured three raven-haired, pouty-lipped babes and some pasty white dude. Being struck by the beauty of the women I gave the CD a listen. I really liked what I heard and bought the CD. Over the next few weeks I found myself continually listening to the CD and recommending it to friends. I even bought two tapes and sent them to friends in Canada and Europe. Everyone who gave The Corrs a listen really learned to enjoy their Irish Pop Rock Sound. So why is it that it has taken them so long to get on a tour. I guess it took the talented French Canadian diva Celine Dion to recognize this hidden treasure and invite them along on her tour as her opening act. Bravo Miss Dion! Or, maybe it was just some smart publicity person. Who knows, but I'm glad they were the opening act.

Sharon Corr
Sharon Corr
Opening for Celine Dion is a big deal because she is like the hottest female act out there now, except for maybe Alanis Morissett (another Canadian). The Corrs knew this and were humble enough to take the time and thank Celine during their short 35 minute set. They further displayed their humility by only taking up about one tenth of a huge stage. Regardless of the small space they occupied or the little time they had on stage, The Corrs made a huge impression on Celine's audience. So taken was the crowd that The Corrs received a standing ovation as they bowed and left the stage. Some joker in the lawn even screamed out "Chicago loves The Corrs!" I agree. I hope The Corrs will return to Chicago on their own tour someday (but please play a smaller and more personal venue).

I loved them, the crowd loved them, and they looked like they were having fun on stage. To me that rates a TWO BIG THUMBS UP for the Corrs.

Caroline Corr
Caroline Corr
And the review from The Dude on the Right
It's my turn. Here's my story. I'm looking at my local concert schedule on the internet trying to find anything new coming to the Chicago area to cover. I'm scrolling down the list and I see Celine Dion. Yea, I already knew about that one, I already plan on covering her. Then I see a band called The Corrs. I really like The Corrs, but we'll get to that later. My first reaction to seeing this was "Shit, I'd really like to see The Corrs. Dammit! Why are they on the same day as Celine?" Then I see where they are playing, and all of a sudden I am happy again. It turns out they were opening for Celine Dion. Way cool, way cool!!

There are few things I give Stu Gotz credit for, in fact, I give Stu as little credit as possible, but I have to give him credit for introducing me to The Corrs. We were cruising in the Stu-mobile one day and he pops on this CD of Irish-type music. "That was cool," I thought, and then I heard more and said "Hey Stu, who the hell is this band? I like them." He tells me "The Corrs," I pick up the CD and I'm hooked on a CD of great melodies, cool instrumentals, and, well, for no better way to put it, good love songs. I just couldn't figure out why this band isn't getting any airplay because they are good.

So, one band I was kinda hoping would come through Chicago and all of a sudden I'm there! The Corrs, supposedly, because I really haven't read anything about them and they all have the same last name, are a brother and sisters group. Three dudettes and a dude. One dudette on violin and vocals, another dudette on drums/percussion, the third dudette handling lead vocals and this flute-type thing, and the dude was on guitar. These little cuties and the dude didn't get much time, only about 35 minutes as Stu said, but in that short time I think they found a new group of fans. See, it worked out kind of well for the band that Celine wasn't really advertised with an opening act until about a week before the show. With that, all of Celine's fans showed up promptly at 8:00 and got the treat of The Corrs.

With a mix of Irish instrumentals and cool harmony-type songs, the crowd was probably as
Jim Corr
Jim Corr
shocked as I was the first time that they had never heard of this band before. They didn't run around much, granted they really didn't have the room to with Celine's giant set behind curtain number one, but the lead singer, Andrea Corr, and the rest of the band for that matter, did all they could to make this big ol' outdoor venue as intimate as possible for their music. And the crowd loved every minute of it.

Hey, Stu, I don't say thank you much, but thank you for pointing out The Corrs to me. And to whoever booked The Corrs as the opening act for Celine Dion, thank you too, because I wondered what happened to them since their CD was released, and now I know. Just, next time, give me a little more notice, and maybe a slightly smaller venue, and maybe an interview too!

Oh yea, I was so wrapped up in how much I like The Corrs show that I almost forgot to rate them. Well, take a guess? It's TWO BIG OL' THUMBS UP from me!

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right (that first review was from Stu Gotz), and we both say "L8R!"


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