in Los Angeles with DEVO
fans were blessed with another round of live performances this year,
all of which were very public events. In the recent past, Devo had
been performing one-off private/corporate gigs which were closed
to the general public, which left most fans out of the loop. The
most recent public show was back in 1999 at the Universal Ampitheatre
in Los Angeles (with Ween and The Violent Femmes), and I was definitely
ready for another Devo-inspired trek across the country.
Including Devo's performance in Anaheim
and visits to Mutato Muzika
Image of the limited edition Devolve Anaheim button made especially
for Devo's live show on 10/2602 - at the Arrowhead Pond hall.
We have a limited number for sale here.
arrived in Los Angeles a few days before the Devo show and
visited Mark and his peeps at the Mutato building on Sunset
The the left:
Mark and one of his dogs, Finster, proudly sporting the
New Traditionalist Pomp wig.
Below/right: During a romp through
the Mutato basement archives, I found some original artwork
from the Love Without Anger video.
More original artwork from the Mutato archives - for the
Peek-A-Boo 7" release.
headed to Anaheim early in the afternoon on Saturday, the day of
the Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huck Jam show. We were eager to get to the
venue to see where we were sitting, since it was impossible to tell
from the online seating charts provided by the venue & Ticketmaster.
I was able to sneak into the Arrowhead Pond venue in Anaheim before
the show, and I snapped a couple pictures of the pre-show scene.
Here's the stage set up, and a view of the ramps, which were set
up directly in front of the stage.
Among the tiny figures are Bob & Lisa Casale, Alex & Sami
Casale, and Tony Hawk.
show turned out to be set up in a most bizarre way, making it nearly
impossible for anyone in the audience to get a decent view of Devo.
The focus of the event was definitely not on Devo, and the crowd
was made up of kids who were there to see skate tricks (and their
parents). It was like being at an after school event at which Devo
was performing. Weird.
Devo's set, the skating and BMX stunts continued to be performed
in front of the stage (just to the right of the video screen
in the photo here). It was odd seeing skateboards and bikes
flying through the air while our heros belted out a great
set. At one point, Matt Hoffman, a BMX rider, was knocked
unconscious after a slip up. I'm sure I wasn't alone in feeling
uncomfortable about wanting Devo to continue no matter what
Matt's condition...and I was quite relieved when he finally
got up & walked away.
Left: Here's a view
of the stage and video screen (which was just in front of
the ramp set up) from where JB and I were sitting. My camera
didn't have a very good zoom on it, so I couldn't get any
really good photos of the performance, unfortunately.
met a few SpudTalk members at the show, including Vahe, who
is in regular contact with the Devo boys. Vahe was nice enough
to donate his backstage pass to me after the show, which now
has it's place in my pile of Devo crap. Thanks, Vahe!
Vahe seen here standing behind the stage as Devo dishes
out the tunes. A geek's dream, indeed.
visited Mutato again on Monday before we left for home on
Tuesday. During Mark's visit to NC in Sept., He'd asked if
he could pick some decorative item from my house in trade
for one of his postcard prints - a CPR dummy baby head on
a stick. The head had been in my possession for years and
was dirty and scuffed, but Mark seemed to like it...so a trade
was made. He had it at Mutato, and we began assembling a new
toy using a robotic clown he had at the office. He named it
Mark tears the clothes from Robot Clown as we prepare to
create a new body for Dirty Baby.
who works at Mutato, seen here flirting feverishly with Dirty
Baby. Albert has been very instrumental in providing doorprizes,
video, and other Devo crap of interest to the annual DEVOtional
events that have been happening for the past 2 years. All
hail Albert & Dirty Baby!