Thursday, 8 July, 2010 0:19 AM
puts on a great show at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
performed on Tuesday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Power Center
in Ann Arbor.
ARBOR, Mich. -- On
a Tuesday evening when the weather again proved it was through being
cool, the Power Center in Ann Arbor became a spud social when new
wave icons Devo whipped the multitudes through an hour and a half
July 6 performance was only one stop on a national tour coinciding
with last month’s release of the group’s first studio
album in 20 years, Something for Everybody.
gig began in a manner reminiscent of the group’s original
message, with a montage representing their chaotic video devolution.
good fashion, Devo exploded into their set with their new album’s
fourth track, “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)”.
The opener reflected the frenetic dance style that marks much of
Something for Everybody, with the set’s first fifth also featuring
other new cuts like the socially critical “What We Do”
and the equally electric “Fresh.”
accomplished the mission of coaxing the audience into swaying and
stomping to the newer trio, they would finally gain complete control
by drawing a mob at the stage’s edge with the opening beats
of “That’s Good” (in fact, apologies were made
to several attendees knicked by a bag after being caught up in the
beats of “Whip It”). From there the future became then
and now as the spudboys launched into their more energetic hits.
and again, Devo were able to attract fans back onto their feet through
pre-song buildup, be it a work-out routine at the start of “Smart
Patrol/Mr. DNA” or using the “Star-Spangled Banner”
to lead into “Freedom of Choice” (which the band lamented
was disappearing fast).
vegetating thoughts existed that questioned the group’s ability
to still (fully) grasp a comer’s awe after so many years were
fried with the deafening replies to the equally repeated inquiry:
“Are we not men?”
out the set of 18 songs (excluding the “Corporate Anthem,”
of course) was “Beautiful World,” which would be marked
by the guest appearance of that man-child of man-children, Booji
Boy. Pointing out that Devo’s first major video “Jocko
Homo” debuted at the 1976 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Booji commented
on how it’s success eventually lead to a chance encounter
with Michael Jackson. It would be appropriate with Booji’s
nature that he bid farewell by bouncing rubber balls of the stage.
the show’s conclusion, the speed and excitement that Devo
exhibited seemed like a letdown upon realizing it was only 9:30
p.m. It was as if there could have been room for many more rockers
if not shakers that didn’t make the setlist.
the end, perhaps that’s what makes the night such a successful
by leaving fans to anticipate the next nearby appearance. Just as
the saying goes: love without anger isn’t love at all.
90-degree nastiness and tickets going for a minimum $50 (plus flowerpot
hats going for $30!), the satire and speed of General Boy’s
minions insured no restraint in age when it comes to providing a
timeout for fun to everyone.
more information on Devo, visit www.clubdevo.com.