Live Show: 7/30/97


Chicago, IL

Reviewed by: Shawn Harkness

The Details

After the instore, Mike and I headed over to the HOB (stopping for a reasonably priced Thai dinner in the Near North... kind of surprising for anyone who knows Chicago.)

Even with dinner, we arrived a little early for the show. Jian saw us, and said hello (not hard to remember Mike and I from the instore- he was wearing a purple accordian shirt, and I had a bright red shirt on).

By the time the show started, there was a pretty good sized crowd. iIwas surprised at just how many of them were Fruvous fans. I honestly wasn't expecting a big Fruvous crowd, considering the Tower turnout, and $20 tickets, but the Fruvous faithful pulled through.

The band put on a great show. The crowd on the floor was about half fans, half newbies. Everyone seemed to enjoy the performance. Of course, the HOB is known for its special guests, and the night was no exception. G.E. Smith from the Saturday Night Live Band joined the crowd on stage for a tune. David Hyde Pierce, however, was conspicuously absent.

The crowd seemed to love the show, and hopefully, they picked up a few new fans. Looking forward to even bigger crowds when they come here for their OWN show in the fall.

I should note, in the interest of fair time, the Buckwheat Zydeco also put on a hoppin' show.

Anyway, I haven't decided about Decatur on Saturday, but I'll be making a run to Milwaukee on Monday, so if anyone else from the Chicago area is interested in making the trip north, let me know (Mike, send an email on arrangements). The St. Louis show is too far away, since I have to work in Chicago until 7 on Friday. So looking forward to seeing more Fruheads in Milwaukee.

The Music

Opened with The Set Closed with Encore 1 Encore 2

Misc. Info

Some other tidbits from the performance include:

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