[Zombies] the live
Knavishas at aol.com
Knavishas at aol.com
Fri Mar 3 15:25:22 PST 2006
>In a message dated 3/1/2006 11:39:45 PM Eastern Standard Time,
jemiller at uchicago.edu >writes:It goes without saying that last night's show was pretty
excellent. How do
>you go wrong with Jack Dangers and Ben Stokes on stage?
Honestly, I was a bit concerned that, without mark, they might have no one
to activate the bass, but my concerns were unjustified.
OK, that was a lame joke, but it was amazing that just Jack and Ben would
control all that audio/visual splendor.
As for the drummer, I think Lynn rocks. I hope to see him at many more shows
in my life.
And to address your dissapointment with the intro, you are so wrong that it
hurts me just a little bit to even think of that thought. The Twilight Zone
sample make perfect coincidental note that MBM now will control all that you
see in hear as the tour conducts the most ellaborate, yet accessable
combination of noises and sights that one with full visual and aural ability could ever
hope for. That sample is a bit slow, but only to the bennifit of the
audience as it forces you to slow down and listen just long enough for it to snap
into the face of a robot that most of us have always only wondered what it
looked like as it spouted out the words -- "I'm am Electro ..." -- that have
become such an zealously quoted sample for us. Listen to that live cd again and
hear the glee of the audience explode everytime we saw a line that we've
always only heard on our lonely record players and cd players.
And just for the the subjective opinion, any version of Original Control/I
Am Electro rocks me harder that any other MBM could.
My only complaint, which is slight, is that there is next to no audience
interaction with the band. It is little more that musicians looking at
instruments with with no shifting expression. it looks more like work to them than
fun. I don't know. Maybe that is what it takes to pull off a show like this, but
I've always enjoyed the shows where the musicians and audience shared the
excitement with eachother the best. Ben seems to like playing with the crowd a
little. He looks up to laugh with us after some of the more humorous clips.
For the shows he plays here, he waits until end of the main set and then plays
the clip from Spinal Tap where they get lost backstage and yell "Hello
Cleveland!" Being in Cleveland, (of course) it is really fun to know that he sets
this clip aside all tour just to bring us a chuckle.
That is were half the magic is at.
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