Last night was a special night of music. The Violent Femmes performed at the Greek Theatre last night, unfortunately they were not the headlining act but they put on a great performance nonetheless. They started the set with the iconic bass line of “Blister in the Sun” and then continued the night with other hits such as “Kiss Off”, “American Music”, “Gone Daddy Gone”, and ended the night with “Add It Up”. People sang along with Gordon Gano’s iconic voice and danced along with the bass rhythms of Brian Ritchie. It was about an 11-song set but there should have been so much more.They have just released a new EP Happy New Year and they played a couple tracks off of it which were pretty good. Definitely check it out if you are a fan. I hope that they will eventually headline their own tour since they have so much more to offer including their new music.
Colin Hay of Men At Work opened the night. This was really amazing, most people did not know who he was until he explained. Not many people were there for this opener that should have been enjoyed by a much bigger crowd. Hay was very gracious though and was a good sport about the lack of attendance. He said, “This isn’t exactly a full fuckin house is it, but I guess the important people are here.” He laughed and so did the crowd. He played fully acoustic and mostly new tracks, but he did play his Men At Work hit “Down Under”, which got the crowd excited.
It was a nice show and I hope that we will see more of the Femmes in the future.
Words & Photography: Wes Marsala
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