dream come true! Nearly 30 years after their first gigs in Ohio,
DEVO performs in Southern California in 2003
We'll start with the
21st, 2003 - Rehearsal
at SIR Studios in Hollywood
(photos to the left)
Scott Stanton and I were recruited at the last minute by Jerry
Casale to document
the rehearsal on video and audio. We jumped at the chance, and
rushed to SIR
just in time to set up all the cameras and help with a few pre-practice
During the set-up/soundcheck process, I was helping Jerry with
some laptop and
tasks, and was walking around SIR looking for an internet connection.
As I wandered around, a petite blonde walked out of Studio 1 (DEVO
in Studio 2)
directly towards me and said "Hi, how's it going?",
and continued into the
women's restroom. I thought I recognized her, but then I doubted
returned to Studio 2 to shoot DEVO's rehearsal.
I mentioned what just happened to a friend of mine who was in
"I think I just saw Terri Nunn of BERLIN walking into the
restroom next door
...but I'm not completely sure", I said.
My friend replied, "Well, why don't you go ask her?"
Well, I couldn't do *that*! I mean, SIR Studios is a very professional
and I didn't want to approach anyone as a fan in a working environment.
"Hell, I'll go ask her!" said my friend, and she wkisked
out of the door.
Before I could stop her (and I'm glad I didn't!), she disappeared
women's restroom, and emerged with Terri Nunn!
"You mean the *real* DEVO is next door?! I thought it was
a cover band!
This is too cool. Can I go in to see them? Is Jerry Casale there?"
One thing led to another, and Terri invited a VH1/MTV camera crew
into DEVO's rehearsal. They were recording a special BERLIN segment
for an upcoming MTV show and were convinced that DEVO would be
great addition to the show. After folks with boom-mics and cameras
to DEVO's performance, Terri took the stage and sang "Whip
spanking Mark's ass. Truly Devolved...and a rock n' roll dream
Ever wonder how busy Mark Mothersbaugh is? Well, let me tell you
- that spud
is constantly busting his hump! After the 2+ hour rehearsal session
at SIR studios,
Mark was off to finish scoring the new Ben Stiller/Jack Black
Mind you...this is around 10pm, the night before DEVO performs
in Orange County,
and after Mark just completed a full day of work at Mutato, plus
This spud is super human voodoo man!
(click top photo in right column for more
NEXT DAY: LIVE AT THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIR!
(photos to right)
Mark and I showed up at the Pacific Amphitheater at noon, just
in time for soundcheck. Jerry immediately recruits me and my laptop
to help him type up cue sheets for the lighting technician at
the venue. We type up lyrics to Gut Feeling, Slap
Your Mammy, and Gates of Steel, adding lighting
cues as we go. Pinch myself.
I sure was glad that I bought a laptop just before my trip to
After soundcheck, most of the DEVOs wandered around the fair for
a few hours.
Mark purchased some custom spudwear - a "Potato Luv"
hat, and "DEVO" ring.
The fair itself reminded me a lot of the fairs I'd seen in North
Carolina, except that
it was at least 10 times bigger. Everything else was exactly the
Many of DEVO's friends & family joined them backstage, but
there was one
visitor who was a pleasant surprise - Rod Rooter, of Big Entertainment,
a character who played a major role in DEVO's "We're All
Devo" video compilation.
He was uber-nice, and brought his son along for the show. (see
photo to right)
The show was great, especially since I was sitting directly in
front of the stage,
just in front of the first row of seats. I was happy to see a
as I looked behind me across the sea of heads.
As they have in recent shows, DEVO focused on mostly early guitar-heavy
material, with one or two exceptions from later releases. Drummer
who performed with DEVO back in the late 80's/early 90's, was
back again for
this show, and did a great job snapping into being DEVO again.
I was able to get a photo pass for the DEVO show, but only for
the first three songs.
However, video-fiend Scott Stanton was there to capture the whole
thing on video.
He is also documenting DEVO's Japan shows in August. We'll keep
if/when this footage becomes available for the common spud.
OK...back to work on the Mark Mothersbaugh HOMEFRONT
July 31st, 2003