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RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from mark2Oct 17 2001 - 04:33

Here's my opinion on the Boston
show at TT's on 10/14. If you are
not familiar with the city you need
to know that it shuts down early
every night of the week. Subways
stop before 12 and last call is
12:30 or 1. So when a band goes on
at 12 on a Sunday the chances are
pretty good few people will go.
That's the only excuse I can come
up with for why good bands can't
draw a crowd here. I see it a lot.
In comparison to other reviews
there weren't technical
difficulties, the lack of a bass
player didn't bother me, and the
drummer was alright. One thing was
wrong though, and it had nothing to
do with the band. The sound man at
TT's should be fired. Everything
was way too loud. The club itself
is very small to begin with so
there is no excuse. At one point
Jeff asked him how the level of the
piano was and he actually said "I
don't know." Useless. Regardless,
the set was good. Here's the list.
Creep(Jeff solo), Orange, Alive
Again, On The Shore, Hearts Of
Palm, Get You Back, Hold
Everything, Stare At The Sky, For
Granted, Taken, Levitate.
I assume attendance is better in
NYC, so skip Boston and I'll drive
the 4 hrs to see you next time.
That's a big admission for a
person from Massachusetts.

Live in New France | from RossOct 16 2001 - 08:10

My wife and I made the trip to Montréal after work. It got dark and we got lost. The opener was a band called animaltown - who were really quite brilliant. The show started late and went on into the wee little hours of the morning. There were some interesting developments that came from the show. Apparently, Jeff has a penchant for Greg Kinnear's acting stylings as they played Nurse Betty to visually represent the set. Lord Berry is still very much a big fan Canuck tobacco as he smoked his Export "A" with usual abandon. I don't think he's got anything against Greg Kinnear, but I think the circular plot line and overly soliloquious dialogue just kind of got to him.

The show started with an impassioned solo performance of 'Creep'. Just Jeff and a guitar. Vocally, the show was flawless. I saw IDAHO last year, and it was the same case. Jeff explained to me after the show that in the studio he likes to keep it soft. From what I’ve seen of him on stage… well let’s just say he likes to giv’er. If you’ve heard a live performance of 'Jump Up', you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, a few highlights for me were an up-tempo performance of ‘Alive Again’ – that’s right with drums… the undeniable brilliance of ‘On the Shore’… a most epic performance of ‘Stare at the Sky’ which closed with an intense crescendo new to the song… ‘Taken’; I came to love IDAHO through “This Way Out”, and it’s always good to go home… and ‘Bass Crawl’ which was our wedding song.

As always it was a pleasure to speak with some of the most gracious people I’ve ever met (see Mr. Berry & Mr. Martin), although I always seem to come across star-struck and dumbfounded. It’s kind of a weird distinction to make, from people on records to people in a bar. At any rate, they are in my eyes the hardest working men (and Lady) in show bidness.
I’ll say this; there have been a few complaints about the shows having technical difficulties and what not. Well, in their defense trying to pull off what they pulled off with only three people is a fairly Herculean thing. Props to them for trying. I’m just happy to be able to say that I’ve managed to see them twice. Glitches or not, they’re worth the trip.

I quietly pulled on my bellaclava and lifted the set-list (heh-heh-heh). Here it is:

Creep

Orange

Alive again (yeah, that’s right, drums)

On the shore

Hearts of Palm (or according to the list “Hearts ‘O’ Palm”)

Get you back

Hold Everything

Stare at the Sky

20 years

For granted

Levitate

Taken

Basscrawl

Thanks to Jeff, John and the IDAHO family for coming up this way.

Props.
Ross

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from Katie from MiddleburyOct 14 2001 - 08:58

Such sweet sounds that reverberated from the basements of a cramped college coffee house/dorm. Up close and personal with some fresh innovative musicians- there is a lot going on up there....cords and plugs, dvd's and remote control- confusing, but very impressive. Why can't colleges attract more music like this? Levitate and 20 years were among my favorites. Glad to meet the band and spread the word....please come back to Middlebury soon.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from eraserheadOct 14 2001 - 08:05

Saw the Portland, Maine show last night. I think they were handing out sedatives at the door.
The show itself was great. The opening band "Through the Wires" was fantastic.
Idaho was great, it was a mix of just Jeff with a guitar and the band with the full sound. Very glad I made the trek.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from penelope in vermontOct 12 2001 - 20:36

I've just returned from the Gamut Room where I heard Idaho for the first time. Sweet sounds and entrancing rhythm. I'm glad you decided to stop by, hope to see you back in Vermont soon.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from steveOct 12 2001 - 10:05

montreal p.q.
great show...great sound...great set list...great crowd.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from nickOct 12 2001 - 09:13

While Idaho had a few shining moments with "Creep", "Save" and "Levitate" (probably because they were the most stripped down), I was very disappointed with last fridays show at Schubas in Chicago. Granted they had technical difficulties, but maybe its the result of trying to do too much onstage...a hint of Spinal Tap actually came to mind when the video backdrop failed. Although John told me afterwards that most of the technical issues were a result of incompatibility with Schubas setup. They needed a bass player to free up John and Jeff and the drummer was very weak...no nuance, finesse or timing. Last years line up worked very well in comparison.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from hold on a minuteOct 09 2001 - 08:53

maybe technology shouldn't dictate
the way you play when you make
your record as bare as possible.
but when you use technology the
way idaho does your married to it.
they are trying hard to reproduce
the record so they've got a lot
of shit to take care of.
i saw them in winsor arrived
late missed 10 mins it was way
better than chicago.things ran
more smoothly, they are redeemed.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from B.BridgesOct 06 2001 - 18:12

Yeah but should technology rule how you play your songs? NO! If things go awry, kick it down and play it RAW!!!!!

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from hold on a minuteOct 06 2001 - 15:18

i was at the show last night and compared to the milwaukee show chicago was just plagued with problems.milwaukee was cool everything was gelling.
chicago was not really thier fault it was technical, man!
because i have been to the mountain with idaho and it is awesome!
i think they are taking on too much.
i went to the show last year and there were more people in the band and a female roadie.
they should do the same thing. although i disageeabout the bass.
too bad!
i am going to winsor tonight. more later.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from hold on a minuteOct 06 2001 - 15:18

i was at the show last night and compared to the milwaukee show chicago was just plagued with problems.milwaukee was cool everything was gelling.
chicago was not really thier fault it was technical, man!
because i have been to the mountain with idaho and it is awesome!
i think they are taking on too much.
i went to the show last year and there were more people in the band and a female roadie.
they should do the same thing. although i disageeabout the bass.
too bad!
i am going to winsor tonight. more later.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from hold on a minuteOct 06 2001 - 15:18

i was at the show last night and compared to the milwaukee show chicago was just plagued with problems.milwaukee was cool everything was gelling.
chicago was not really thier fault it was technical, man!
because i have been to the mountain with idaho and it is awesome!
i think they are taking on too much.
i went to the show last year and there were more people in the band and a female roadie.
they should do the same thing. although i disageeabout the bass.
too bad!
i am going to winsor tonight. more later.

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from B.BridgesOct 06 2001 - 14:24

Heres my review of the show in Chicago last night. Once again way to short of a set, I was at the same club this time last year and I drove three hours to see six songs. This time I drove close to nine hours and "technical difficulties" or not, the set was short. And oh yeah, they don't have a touring bass player this time around (huge disappointment). With out a bass player the sound at times was not as full as when i saw them last year, now granted they did have a bass rig with them and they would trade off on bass duties but then you only had one guitar part on those songs and it made it sound a little thin. I really wanted to enjoy the show as much as I did last time but I found it very hard! Jeff opened the show doing a solo version of creep and one notable high point was Terry Borden joining the group on bass doing a track from Three Sheets. They were hit with major technical problems and seemed to be having an off night but at that point i just wanted them to strip it down to basics and play some raw Idaho classics, this did not happen however because I don't think the new drummer was capable. It was like the drummer couldnt perform without his headphones and electronic's guiding him along. My point is that the drummer was LESS than spectacular. It's as if the band could not go on without all the technology behind them. I may be rambaling but I'm tired from driveing back to Oklahoma on two hours rest, I can no longer form sentences or spell for that matter. Anyway, I did listen to Levitate on the way home for the first time and I think its great, but when you tour without a bass player Idaho losses their fullness and depth.
Sorry,
B.Bridges

RE: IDAHO LIVE....show revues | from evanOct 06 2001 - 01:24

ok here is my brief review of the chicago show from tonight, it is brief as i am very tired.
opeinng opening act.. name slips my mind, alright, but not really my bag. the winter blanket - decent, you could really hear the low influence though, i wonder if they sounded like that before working with alan sparhawk?
idaho- everything that could, broke or stopped working heh. jeff explained to me briefly after the show what all happened, something like, dvd batteries went out, keyboard was out till it came back, couldn't play a lot of songs they wanted to, some hard disk thingamajig wasn't responding or something like that. but still, songs i remember hearing basecrawl, 20 yrs old (sorry i can't find my levitate cd though i did indeed recieve it, thanks for the phone call check up!) levitate, hearts of palms, save, er and some more.

the sound was really good, despite the hangups, and it seemed really short, i guess im not sure what time idaho actually made it on, but i got to my car at 1:37am so maybe i just didn't realize how long of a show it was... anyway, i'm now going to crash in my freezing room.
always,
evan

Lineup? | from adamOct 04 2001 - 22:49

C'mon, I wanna hear some firsthand recounts! Whats the lineup this time out? What songs are they playing? How long a set? etc.....

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