Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA
Concert appearance: Sun., 7 Nov. 1999

Top Cat's
Cincinnati, Ohio US

Set list:

Mexican God
The Devil's Coachman
The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
Clean Steve
Queen Elvis
Alright, Yeah
The Cheese Alarm
Jewels for Sophia
Sinister But She Was Happy
Madonna of the Wasps
Queen of Eyes
Sleeping with Your Devil Mask
More Than This (Roxy Music)
You and Oblivion
Insanely Jealous
Birds in Perspex
Beautiful Queen

I just wanted to voice a few quick opinions...

Departure Lounge sounded great, if a little quiet. Would've bought their new
cd but it sold out 2 people ahead of me in line. Oh well...

Will somebody please tell Robyn that "America" sounds *much* cooler when he
plays the chorus chords in the order of the original recording? Starting on
Gm to Ab to Bb is, to me anyway, a lot more sinister and groovy than the
reverse, which is how I've always heard him play it live.

I can see how the Soft Boys would've been an eardrum burster of a band.
Somewhat unfortunately, we were on the side of the stage next to Kimberly's
amp, and boy was he overpowering. And truly Muppetesque, you're all
correct... also, I have to laugh at guitarists who grimace and shake
whenever they play *anything*, as if it's the most mind-bending riff in
history. Chill, baby, chill...

And finally, there was a little too much free-form-guitar-heroics-jamming for
my taste, especially with Robyn's tendency to wander about, time-wise... I
sometimes felt like what it might be like to see a Phish concert, which I
would never voluntarily do...

All in all, though, a fab show. See ya-

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