Tuesday, February 26, 2002 @ 2:43 PM
Robin Black Live Feb 15th, 200
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Canada’s musical landscape hasn’t been this alive in years, but strangely, the sound is reminiscent of America in the 1980’s. First out of the gate was Nickelback (a throw back to Bryan Adams’ 1985 Reckless album sound), then came Tuuli (a great all girl band that blend the Go Go’s with Cheap Trick. Check out www.Tuuli.com) and now comes Robin Black & The Intergalactic Rock Stars (a mix of Poison and Pretty Boy Floyd with a 2002 attitude. See www.robinblackrocks.com). Their bio states that Robin Black “…is up on the pulpit preaching to the perverted.” “He of the vainglorious tats and piercings…” “He of the silver forked-tongue and self-diminutive Rock God stature…" Blah, blah, blah.
Ok, so the image is a little contrived and going into the show one could sense catastrophe in the making. After all, would a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll glam-band be taken seriously and be able draw a crowd in 2002? Surprisingly, the answer tonight and seemingly across Canada is YES! The reason? Simple, Robin Black delivers the goods: a rock show. No, not a bunch of whiny anti-rockstars staring at their shoes bemoaning the fact that they have to play for people, but an actual rock show harking back to the days of old when a show was a show. Solid rock songs with big hooks, lights, pyros, attitude and the stuff that every crap-ass critic tried to make us feel guilty for in the ‘90s.
The band pumped out anthem after anthem taken from the debut album Planet:Fame (distributed by EMI Canada. Now, there’s a ringing endorsement!). The crowd was with the band every step of the way. It looks like having fun is once again allowed at a rock show!
Better Than You
Some Of You Boys (And Most Of You Girls)
I Wanna Be High
More Effeminate Than You
Time Travel Tonight
So Sick Of You
Screwed It Up