|Angelo Moore/ photo credit: Maria Ives|
Well, I was thinking that with only half of the original lineup left - singer/sax player/theramin-ist Angelo Moore, bassist Norwood Fisher and trumpet player/singer Dirty Walter Kibby II - well, it might not be as good as it was in the early '90s.
That reasoning works for most bands, but not all: The Allman Brothers Band only have half of their original lineup and they're incredible live as well. Turns out, it's the same for Fishbone. Like the Allmans, they have some great musicians rounding out their lineup: guitarist Rocky George used to be in Suicidal Tendencies and is a great addition to the band. Another great addition is Jay Armant, the trombone player.
On Sunday night, Fishbone played as if they had something to prove, and maybe they did: maybe they want to let people who haven't seen them in a while (like me) know that they are still great live.
|Norwood Fisher/ photo credit: Maria Ives|
It wasn't just about the past though, they also played some songs from their Crazy Glue EP, which came out last year: the title track, "DUI Friday" and "Gittin' In That Ass" all made the setlist. I don't know if everyone there knew those songs - but they were into it when the band played them.
I have to say this: Angelo Moore is one of the best frontmen I've ever seen. I'm glad that he and Norwood have stuck together for so long: they remind me of Anthony Keidis and Flea, and I think they are just as talented. It's crazy to me that this band never got bigger than they did.
|Walter Kibby / photo credit: Maria Ives|
I had a blast at the show: I definitely enjoyed the earlier songs more, but the new ones were cool also. I haven't loved the albums they've done since Give A Monkey A Brain, but the Crazy Glue songs were definitely rocking, and I bought the EP while I was there.
A few nights before the show, I watched Everyday Sunshine, the excellent Fishbone documentary. I never really knew the band's inside story, and having learned a bit more about them, I wonder if they could ever reunite for new music or a tour. No disrespect to the current band, who were amazing. But I'd love to see the original lineup one more time. But even if that doesn't happen, I'll definitely check out Angelo, Norwood, Walt and the rest of the guys next time they come to town.