Archive for Thursday, November 20, 1997

BRYNE CRUISES DOWNTOWN ON BICYCLE

November 20, 1997

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Who will Seiji Wolf pick to join him on stage at The Granada?

In addition to being an incredible entertainer as witnessed by a sold-out house Nov. 7 at Liberty Hall, David Byrne is also an accomplished cyclist.

He was spotted cruising down Massachusetts Street on the day of the show on a sleek cycle, wearing a black English horseriding helmet. He does have a keen fashion sense, doesn't he?

Ben Tuttle, musician and skateboarding aficionado, had his own run in with the former Talking Head, when he was asked to fill in as an opener for Byrne. Better known for his electric guitar work, he was asked to perform an acoustic set and called upon friend Danny Pound (formerly of Vitreous Humor and The Regrets) to help fill half of the allotted time. Both musicians performed solo in front of the packed house.

"It was exhilarating and frightening at the same time," Tuttle later said.

Pound, who also found the experience one to remember, said, "It was kind of surreal."

A bizarre side note: Of Byrne's five-piece band, one musician was named Ben; another Danny.

A few days before the Byrne show, Liberty Hall hosted Morrissey, who required in his contract that all audience members be "patted down," or searched on their way in -- not for guns or recording devices, but for meat.

Apparently, Morrissey was once pelted by a steak during a performance and now lives in fear of an encore meat-toss. No sausages or tenderloins were found, and the show was incident free.

There are some great shows coming up before the end of the year. I can't recommend highly enough The Cramps, Guitar Wolf and Demolition Doll Rods show on Tuesday at The Granada, 1020 Mass.

Of course, The Cramps are legends, but Guitar Wolf is bringing back the real spirit of rock 'n' roll. Clad head to toe in black leather and sporting sleek Ray Ban sunglasses, the trio may not be the most technically proficient, but they crank the volume to 11 and wail like banshees.

At each show, Seiji Wolf, Guitar Wolf guitarist, reportedly pulls someone from the audience. In a grand gesture affirming that anyone can and should play rock 'n' roll, he throws his guitar around the audience member's neck, whispers something in his ear and before you know it, the person is whacking away at an A chord, living the American dream of playing in a rock 'n' roll band.

On board locally, check out Sunbarrow's organ madness tonight at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H. There are several openers, including JJ Fingaz's platter scratchin' debut.

Also tonight, Lawrence garage kings, the Hefners, will be rocking Liberty Hall, introducing an animation festival. The band will get started around 9:15 p.m.

-- Anne Tangeman is the music writer for The Mag.

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