Live Show: 05/23/97
Port Dover, ON
Reviewed by: Chris O'Malley
Heather told me that I could probably expect quite a different
show than the one from the previous night, since the venue to which we
were headed was a small, cozy, sit-down "concert hall". As always,
Moxy never ceases to amaze me and made this one of the most unique
shows I've ever seen.
Heather, her parents and I left her house in Hamilton at around
6:30 and after a quick hour drive pulled into Port Dover. It's
a very cozy, water-side community. We met up with Sharilyn,
Beryl and Nikolai in front of the venue. They had seen the sound
check, but doors hadn't opened yet.
The venue was quite small, actually. The stage included a stone
fireplace and a piano, which I was hoping Fruvous would take
advantage of. At eight or so, the opening act, called Four Wins,
started. They were four girls from the local high school and performed
some acappella tunes as well as some accompanied by the piano. I
must admit I was impressed. They had a real nice sound.
Moxy started at around nine, and began the show with a *real*
"human treat". Each of the guys came out in turn, and did a solo
song (see below for details), very similar to the Ann Arbor show
a few weeks ago. It was so cool to see Jian and Murray playing
guitar (I'd never seen this before). After the openers, all four
of them came out and did an hour and a half set which included
tons of on-the-spot songs, some noodling with the piano (although
not as much as I would've liked), and other tid-bits.
I have a feeling that many people who were at the show
had never seen Fruvous before. As always, Moxy won over the crowd
and was commended with standing ovations before each encore.
All of us headed back to Heather's house fairly soon after
the show was over. Her parents really enjoyed them; this was
their first show. We all sat around and listened
to the sounds of Fruvous before falling asleep at 1am.
So now we come my first outdoor concert in a very long time.
The weather just hasn't been good enough lately for festivals
and such. Guelph, here we come!!
Click the description to get the pic:
Before the set...
- Dave comes out all by himself and looks around at the empty stage and
says, "Here's a song we often don't get to play."
- Dave: This is a sad song, and it goes out to Marcus.
- Younger Than Spring
- Mike: Here's a song I've only sung twice, and on the phone, long distance,
to my beloved.
- If Only You Knew How Much I Think Of You
- Jian: It's great to be opening for Moxy Fruvous.
- Jian talks about how he doesn't like to eat things with brains, but
since Port Dover is a big perch town, he decided to go for the perch platter
for dinner. He was unaware, however, that the 7 oz. perch platter consisted
of 7 perch (since they're each only one ounce). He refutes the
recent attacks on the newsgroup about artists not discussing politics.
He then goes into a 'protest' song called "Who the hell is eating all the perch?"
- Who the hell is eating all the perch? Don't you know it goes against
good wishes? If I find that bastard person in my search, I'll kill him 'cause
I've got a new predilection for the fishes.
- Jian: That's not really the song I was gonna do.
- Something Stupid Like I Love You
- Jian has a huge grin on his face during this one, and gets a lot
of laughs from the audience.
- On the last 'I love you', Jian changes it to 'I still love you.'
- Murray: You learn a lot about yourself when you write a song. I've learned
that I have a natural streak of melancholy. I write sad songs; real downers.
- Love Set Fire
- Peace of Mind (Brand New Disc)
- My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors
- During the drum intro, Jian: Can we have some more intros please?
- "Pulp Fiction"
- "Who needs a grave? He's Robertson Davies!"
- River Valley
- Get in the Car
- Your New Boyfriend
- Jian recounts playing at the same theatre before, and it being one of their favorite shows.
- Jian: It's up there in the top 400.
- Jian: We're gonna beat that show, we're gonna play for five hours! The show
is only 2 hours, but we jam for 3 hours. We climax in the first hour.
- Dave: And then I climax in the second half.
- Mike talks about an album that was recorded in that very room.
- Mike gives it up for the opening act, Four Wins.
- The guys go off-mic and have a quick talk with the people in the balcony.
- Jian mentions that it's like the Carol Burnett show, and Dave
is told his hair looks like Carol's.
- Dave: I'm actually Wendy from the Davey and Goliath show.
- The band discusses Davey & Goliath and the old Wizard of Oz cartoons.
- Some quick teases of the Wizard of Oz cartoon theme songs ensue.
- I Love My Boss (off mic)
- An audience member claps during the intro, and Murray responds with, "It's
like we're doing 'My Way'".
- "Who knows what Barry will be bringing?"
- Instead of "examples", Jian says "Dunnville".
- Murray: I was trying to do the Pee Wee Herman dance during that one.
- Jian: No one remembers Pee Wee.
- Murray: They do, but for the wrong reasons.
- Dave: Here's a song about what's coming down the pike.
- You Will Go to the Moon
- Dave: I can tell the story of the next song, while Murray straps
on that big thing he calls a bass. It's about how we change our
appearance, which is such a small part of who we are, after all.
- The Incredible Medicine Show
- Mike reads from "Planet News", through a megaphone, near the end of the song.
- The band rearranges a little bit, and Dave comments, "It's like you're
catching us at work."
- B.J. Don't Cry
- Dave, during the drum intro: "No moshing!"
- "Buddha and a brush"
- Mike uses his megaphone for the "Now on the street..." section
- "told him the game was over...hanging out in Port Dover!"
- Jian talks about the recent US tour, and how the Canadian tour
is just starting.
- Jian brings up politics and the upcoming election. He also
discusses the provincial government and the recent mega-city bill.
He supports the grass roots movement that has started against this.
- Today's the Day that We Fight Back
- Murray: We're gonna switch our focus to American politics. This is a
humorous tale about certain groups who do things like collect gun racks.
- Michigan Militia
- Johnny Saucep'n
- Jian asks the audience who the guest star coming on stage is.
- "Here's a guy who's so happy to be here tonight, that he basted
himself in a ludenberry glaze."
- King of Spain
- Murray, during the intro: Currently performing in "Bring in the noise,
bring in the funk."
- "There's a balcony overhead...Happy Birthday!"
- "Now the Wings call me up to drive..."
- Before the epilogue, Murray asks Dave to do Rachmaninoff on the piano. He
plays a quick couple notes.
- Green Eggs & Ham
- During "Not the Beatles", Murray: I don't think I heard you, what
did you say?
- A quick little tease of Entropy with piano accompaniment crops up.
- Love Potion #9 Medley
- Jian, during the drum intro, thanks Four Wins and all the people who
made the show happen. He also plugs the upcoming Ontario area shows.
- Murray does a little groove on the bass during the drum intro.
- Jian: This is a little hustle. This is 'Popcorn'.
- Ohio, Stayin' Alive, Jungle Boogie riff, Who Will Save Your Soul?,
What if Maude was one of us?, ???, You Oughtta Know
- "There's a lot of reasons to hear Four Wins again. 2,000 million
24 hundred and 10."
- Jian breaks into the "Winnie the Pooh" theme. The guys soon join in.
- Jian changes to a thick English accent. He then explains how he grew
up in England, and the Pooh record he had contained a Winnie with a deep
- Mike asks the audience where Winnie the Pooh is from.
- They jump back into the Winnie the Pooh theme yet again.
- Billie Jean Medley
- The guys come off-mic and close to the edge of the stage again to do the final song.
- One of the speakers was humming and they tried to get it to go away, but
the lighting board was the problem.
- Gulf War Song (off mic)
Some other tidbits from the performance include:
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