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Q101 Jamboree 1997
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The Dude's Final Words

A Concert Review
In Reverse: Nigel and Gavin of Bush
Or: From the Beginning

May 25, 1997

The New World
Music Theatre

Tinley Park, IL

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
Oh, the night was coming to a close, the cute dudette I met earlier seemed mad at me because I think she misunderstood my "It's not like he was wearing a fur" comment, and the last band of this chilly May day and night was coming up - Erasure. To my surprise the place was still packed, I half expected most of the crowd to bolt after Nigel and Gavin, but they stayed. It was Erasure's time to play.

Unlike some of the bands previously, I was pretty knowledgeable about Erasure's repertoire. The thing I didn't know was that this band sort of really wasn't a band. I'm checking out the stage and there are five microphones, a keyboard-looking thing, and an acoustic guitar. Where's the drums, where's the rest of the guitars, where's the band? And then the band came out. Out front, Andy Bell on vocals, in back Vince Clark on keyboard and synthesizer buttons, and in between were the back-up singers.

Colorful, oh yes they were, most of the colors of the rainbow were present in the robes and clothes of the band.

As much as I was familiar with Erasure's music, in all honesty I forgot about most of it, and I forgot about how bouncy, synthesizer based, and how much fun they could be. All of a sudden those bad fraternity dance parties started to come back to mind, all of a sudden I was singing along, and as I looked at the crowd everyone was dancing along to what had to be the band with the fewest instruments I could ever remember seeing.

Andy Bell was totally animated - singing with those familiar vocals, bouncing up and down around the stage, while Vince, hmmm, well, when he jammed on the keyboards was really cool, but I guess his real work comes in programming the synth music he brought forth with a touch of a button.

I've got to give Erasure TWO THUMBS UP to end the night because any band that could keep this very tired and cold crowd going for the last forty minutes really deserves it.

The Dude on the Right's Final Words
So, the day was coming to an end. As I look back on Q101's Jamboree 97, in a bit stolen from Wendy and Bill in the mornings on Q101, I can say I learned a few things. I learned about a dude called Moby, and I must be getting some of his CD's. Very cool. I learned that there is a job just dancing around on stage, and it very may well be the coolest job in the world. I re-learned that punk is still some of the best music out there. I learned that I still don't like Beck, although he is one of the best performers I've ever seen. I learned that mustard comments can be taken out of context by a cute dudette with some gorgeous blue eyes. I learned that cold is a state of mind until your body is numb. I learned that one song doesn't make a band - sometimes it's better, sometimes it's worse. And I learned that any weather forecast can be predicted by a Q101 Jamboree show.

In all this had to be one of the most diverse group of musical outings I have ever seen. From techno to jazzy, from punk to metal, all that was needed was some classical and some country and the day would have covered it all. Whatever they say, the Q101 Jamboree is always an event I look forward to because I learn so many things. TWO BIG THUMBS UP for Jamboree 97, and if the cute girl with the gorgeous eyes reads this, e-mail me and I'll re-explain that whole fir comment.

Until the next one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!


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