Rather than post a song by song review, what I will do is just give some of my impressions taken from notes that I took before and during the show. Hope you enjoy...Also a question. I would like to post a few photos, including a poster promoting the show, but I'm not sure how to do so. Also, is it appropriate to post a couple of photos of RRM playing? I would be happy to send them in a private message to Owl or whomever to decide if that's the thing to do.
First, the Hideout is a great place to see a show. I arrived about 7:30, just as a major storm was moving into the city. Luckily, the Hideout is in an industrial part of the city and there were some good spaces right outside, which I found to be a good sign of things to come.
Nicholas Tremulis was playing an acoustic show at the front part of the building...he's great, funny and after he finished he came out into the audience and gave a lot of us hugs and thanked us for coming...Very enjoyable!
Jim Becker played a 30-40 minute set-confident, rocking and introspective all at the same time. His band was excellent and we spoke with Sam Wagster, a young guitarist who played with the band. He's a great young guy and was very excited to be playing with the band. If you didn't make it to last night's show, check them out on Monday at the Empty Bottle. For this show, Jim Adamik drummed and Ben sat in on percussion.
As mentioned, there was a poster promoting the show which I picked up for $20. Very cool-I will post this as a jpeg if the parties that be say it's ok.
My friend and I made our way to stage left and met Thax Douglas, a well-known Chicago poet who was there to read a poem inspired by the band. He has a myspace.com page if you want to see what he read. He's a very interesting fellow.
Finally, it was time for the guys to begin-they had come out earlier and basically done their own set-up. It was interesting because there was a real mix of oldsters like me and a younger crowd, some who seemed to know who they were and some who didn't.
They begain with Chinese Balls and plowed through 14 songs by my count, the majority from Bunny and Star, including "There's A Star Above The Manger", "Quarter Horses", and "Stained & Lit" among others. They seemed tentative at times, but not in a "I don't know what I'm doing" way, but more of a "This is a real head trip" way. They really did seem to be enjoying themselves. At one point they all looked at each other and laughed/smiled as if to say "Yeah, this is still fun!"
At about the halfway point in the show,they stomped into "Idiot Son", with Brian and Ben launching a blistering beat to begin. At one point in "Idiot" I believe, Ben reached over and playd Brian's hi-hat and they both had a laugh over that.
Around this time, Tim asked if anyone had any requests and one woman shouted "Sister Flossy" and Tim replied, "Mr. Furley?", acting confused and laughing. Somebody else yelled "Bite Me" and Tim good-naturedly yelled the same thing back and the band launched into a really rousing version of "Rosewood,etc." Ben at times during this tune was playing a large, industrial sized metal cylinder,(I know what I want to call it but can't remember) plus a huge kerosene/gas can. At one point in one of the later songs, Ben was playing so hard a mallet tip off of one of his sticks flew onto the stage and my friend grabbed it and handed it to me after the song.
Tim thanked the crowd and they played "Comes" one of the few off "Jimmy", walked off the stage, came right back on, had a false start having something to do with Hurley which they all laughed about, then rocked through "Chain, Chain, Chain", "Quarter Horses" and ended with "Oxtail". Again, thanks to the crowd, Tim put his glasses on and we realized they really were finished.
What a great show it was, and I will say that things got a little fuzzy due to some nice cold beer, a sea of sound and a sweltering crowd, so if you were there and see something I was wrong about, feel free to correct it.
Also want to say that both Tim's stopped at the front bar and spoke with friends, etc. I tapped Tim R. on the shoulder and said "Great Show!" and he thanked me.
I also have to say a special shoutout to the people who work at the Hideout. What a great bunch of folks, especially Marci, who, after approximately an hour and a half from my last drink order, and the first time we'd ever met, remembered my exact order for me and my friend right down to the lime he wanted on his can on OldStyle and served it up after the show. When I expressed my utter amazement, she said "I'm a professional!" She is and they are.
Final thought about the night. Great vibe throughtout, great people all around, Nicholas Tremulis is Tremendulis, Jim Becker and band are definitely worth a special trip and Red Red Meat should never go away. They still have it...
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