The Massachusetts Daily Collegian The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Tuesday, November 3, 1998
Volume CIV, Issue 40

Moxy Treats Audience

by Tom Sadlowski

Collegian Corespondent

Iron Horse Music Hall
Oct. 31

NORTHAMPTON - To say that Toronto’s Moxy Fruvous put on a sensational show this past Halloween weekend would be an understatement. The band’s much anticipated arrival to the venerable Iron Horse in Northampton put the capacity crowd into a state of musical ecstasy.

Touring for their latest release, “Live Noise,” the band proved once again how amusing they are in concert. Their compelling lyrics and adventurous blend of musical genres leaves audiences begging for more.

The Halloween show yielded all the tricks and treats that would have been expected of a Moxy Fruvous performance. The powerful two hour set served as a dedication to their eclectic musical influences, included visits on-stage from notorious baystate acts, along with the audience interaction of which the band had become famous for.

Bucking the trend from Friday night’s showcase of nearly every song the band has ever recorded, Moxy Fruvous covered just about everything Saturday night, as their performance ranged from songs like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” to “Love Me Two Times,” by the Doors.

Using a megaphone as a means to manufacture ghostly sounds, guitarist Mike Ford was able to capture the audiences attention throughout the night, while singer and drummer Jian Ghomeshi sought enjoyment in determining how high a purple stuffed animal could project off a cymbal.

It was a festive affair, as fans had the fortune of seeing Moxy Fruvous perform with such artists as the Neilds, Jess Klein, and yeP! keyboardist John Greene.

Moxy Fruvous closed out the set with a stunning version of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Coming back on stage for an encore, they continued the trend with a cover of the fan-favorite “Brown Eyed Girl.” The audience begged for more, and the band finally gave in and performed one of their songs, closing with an a cappella of the “Gulf War Song.”

If you were unable to obtain tickets for either of the two shows that Moxy Fruvous performed at the Iron Horse this past weekend, check out their latest release, “Live Noise.” The delightful album was recorded live in concert and gives listeners the flavor of a true Moxy Fruvous show.

Talented Boston singer-songwriter, Jess Klein, performed a breathtaking set as she opened for Moxy Fruvous Saturday night. This inspiring young artist will return to the Iron Horse on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for a show that should not be missed.

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