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Devo

Live in Ridgefield, Washington, September 2012

Review by Larry Toering

Seeing Devo in the biggest setting for miles around was all one could ask for. This band is made for the big stage and I'm glad we got to see them this way. With a massive production that really helped it all go down, this was nothing short of a spectacular show. Man alive, did they bring the heat, playing all in all, a most satisfying set at full speed ahead.

They played so hard and fast that their most popular classic “Whip It” went by like pronto. It was actually one of the slower songs too, so how that happened I don't know, but the choice of songs altogether couldn't have been better. One by one the knocked us over with everything from that and “Girl You Want” to great covers like “Secret Agent Man,” “Satisfaction” and more.

Larry Toering
 
Larry Toering
   

By the time they played one of my favorites “Uncontrollable Urge,” it was worth the entire night's admission. Even the nine and twelve dollar beers were worth it. I think this band rocks as hard if not harder than the day they started, and I remember it all very well. They simply play well crafted pop rock tunes at maximum velocity, with a quirky slant to them, and it comes out something like nothing else in the history of rock. They blew me away for the second time. Do not miss them.

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This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.
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