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Q101 Jamboree 1997

A Concert Review

May 25, 1997

The New World
Music Theatre

Tinley Park, IL

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
So, it was here, the annual Q101 (that's WKQX in Chicago - 101.1 on your digital FM dial) Jamboree mega-show. Yep, call it Jamboree 97, call it 12 bands, call it everything from techno to metal, call it some 9 1/2 hours of continuous music, but one thing is for sure - you can call me tired. Not stressed out and bored tired, but I'll tell you that I didn't start my training for this extravaganza early enough. By the time Erasure closed out the evening my legs were feeling like Jello, my hair was disheveled, and I had wind-burn on my face (Lord knows it wasn't from any sun). But I also had a new found appreciation for some bands I knew nothing about, reinforcement of my already liking a few bands, and still don't like the music of Beck. All in all, it was a good day.

The day started way too quickly as I slept through my alarm. I knew I would have to arrive early because if tradition served me right then the lines would be snaking around the New World Music Theatre long before the gates opened at Noon. A quick power-shower, a drive-thru stop at McDonald's for a #2 and a large coke, and the rally T-Bird and me were on our way. Armed with my camera gear, eight rolls of film, earplugs, notebook, a pen, and a jacket that was way too light for this Autumn like day, I was ready as I was still wiping the sleep out of my eyes.

Pulling into the parking lot there was one sure-fire indication that this was indeed the day for Q101's Jamboree 97 - the weather sucked. I would like to make my weather prediction for Jamboree 98 now - cloudy, probably some rain, and cold. See, for some strange reason, maybe it's because Mom Nature hates Q101, the weather has always just been plain lousy for this event. Just once I would like a nice day, some sun, girls in shorts and cut-off tops, and well, just a nice day. But no, it was cold, somewhere in the 50's, with a 20ish mile per hour north wind whipping through the pavilion the entire day. The girls were all bundled up, I was thinking I should be at a Bear's game instead of a music show, but I will say that at least it didn't downpour like previous years (although there was a light misting of rain in the middle of the day). Oh well, it was time to get in line and hope I'm inside by 1:00 for Moby, someone who, quite honestly, I knew nothing about.

Finally inside, the long-distance marathon of Jamboree 97 was ready to begin, and Moby was the beginning.


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