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Q101 Jamboree 1997

A Concert Review
Next Up: The Cardigans
In Reverse:
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
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
Heading back quickly to the Buzz Stage I only had a few minutes to catch my breath before Republica began their 30 minutes of music. Here was another group I really didn't know what to expect. I was slightly familiar with "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and a couple of other Republica tunes, but was more curious than excited at seeing them.

Another band in the techno-punk-rock category, at first I wasn't thinking too much of Saffron and her band. They sounded great, and the crowd was having a blast, but I didn't really see any energy coming from the band.

The Republica fans were working it, and many of those trapped in the front of the mosh-pit had to be pulled out by the big and burly security dudes else they would have collapsed, but Saffron really was just standing there, singing her tunes, on a wireless mike, and I'm thinking "What a waste of a wireless - let a band who would use it have it."

But then, maybe the band was starting to warm up, maybe they fed off the energy of the youngin's mixing it up, but Saffron started to work the stage, got rid of the mike stand, and this Shrug was moving its way up a thumb or two. I was just starting to get excited when I had to leave to catch The Cardigans (I should have stayed and finished watching Republica), so it's only ONE THUMB UP for Republica.

I will be watching for them to do a full-blown show, but this one started way to lackadaisical to get that extra thumb.


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