Wednesday, September 10, 2003 @ 10:33 PM
Type O Negative and Nevermore
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REVIEW BY: R. Scott Bailey
Lock up the sheep, bring out the black hair dye, and light up the cloves, Type O Negative is coming to town. Scared yet?
Now, I have done some reviews in the past for you guys and girls. GN’R, Queensryche/Dream Theater, Pearl Jam and Opeth were all shows that had some great moments. But this show I have been waiting for, for a long time.
Type O Negative has not been to Seattle or any part of the west coast since spring 2000. After a worst-hits compilation and now the new CD, Life is Killing Me, they are out on the road to spread the word of … whatever the hell their point may be.
Local boys Nevermore opened the show with a nice flavor of local metal, which never gets enough press, even in the local music rags. They played a particularly strange set that included a Bauhaus and a Simon & Garfunkel cover. As I am not familiar with them, the set was new to me. I enjoyed a few of the songs, others just seemed a little like filler material. The band is musically talented -- with a singer who can actually sing, dueling lead guitars and a rhythm section that made my chest hurt, how could they not be? But it seemed a little less than I expected.
After a relatively short break, Type O came out dressed in surgical scrubs, with a thunderous chord of noise and feedback. “Thank you Seattle! Goodnight!” Then they left. After about 5 minutes of marching band music, the Rehab Four returned for probably the longest encore on record.
After the 12-minute opus “Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity,” Peter Steele starts up with the crowd. The man has so much stand-up comedian in him that I think he is preparing for life after this rock band thing ends. After a well-received and great performance of “Wolf Moon,” the band rips into “Anesthesia” off the new CD. A great song that apparently was recently added to the set list.
“Christian Woman” and “Love You to Death” got a great crowd response as live favorites, but their fantastic rendition of “World Coming Down” was worth every penny I paid to get into the show. They tore through it will a zeal that most bands would reserve for their biggest hit. Kenny’s guitar work and vocals were the highlight of this gem.
After digging deep into the catalog for “Pain” and the a pit smashing version of “Kill All the White People,” the Drab Four put some serious speed to “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” (I hear this is Josh’s favorite). After just over an hour and 10 minutes of encore material, Type O Negative is off the stage to wild, sweat soaked applause from the crowd. But we know that it is not over.
The band comes out for the “2nd” encore with the first single off Life is Killing Me, “I Don’t Wanna Be Me.” It took a few listens for this song to grow on my when I first bought, yes bought (not downloaded, you thieves), the new CD. But the live version was worthy of the encore set. Lots of energy and crowd participation have elevated this song to one of my favorites. “Black No. 1” was the typical show closer, and the little goth girls in the audience loved every minute of it. You’d think this was the only song from the band that some girls know, as the flush of black hair and fishnets made it’s way to the front of the stage. Reminder to those how smoke in the cramped confines of the packed crowd, “PUT OUT YOUR FUCKING CIGARETTES, BEFORE YOU MOVE THROUGH THE CROWD!!!!!”
After the spirited set, Peter thanked the crowd and threw his sweat soaked towel into the crowd as two large men fought over the souvenir.
This was a great show that everyone should see. The band is really into the songs and Peter’s sense of humor shows through in every between song exchange with the crowd as well as the band ‘intro’-ing cover songs before they break into their own catalog. A fun show for all involved. I have seen them 5 times now, and 5 times more would welcome.
My one major complaint for this show is the lack of material from Life is Killing Me, especially the title track. That song would have been a true treat to hear, maybe even a highlight. Hopefully it will be the next single.
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR TOWN!
Type O Set List:
“Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity” or
“I Know You’re Fucking Someone Else” (or whatever you want to call it)
Love You to Death
World Coming Down
“Prelude to Agony” or “Pain”
Kill All the White People
My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend
I Don’t Wanna Be Me
If anyone has any pictures of this show, please let me know, as I would love some copies.