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Username: Lilya
First Visit: Oct 10, 1999
Last Visit: Sun, Aug 19, 2001, 2:48pm

This is my first review. Forgive me for being a bit brutal but honestly I could hear that someone was flat for Que Sera Sera - that number needed more rehearsal. It was obvious that nobody was ready for that song, and the guitar was so weak too. But seriously, it was great that the fruheads picked up on the background music while the stage was being set OH so carefully.

Somehow I managed to get a front row spot - after I found friend Gordon. I am small enough to scrunch right in front of him, so goody. It was only my fourth show- and it was my best view - the other venues were too HIGH for a little person like me.

I arrived at the venue just in time to listen to the Supers. But I had to spend some time to try to get to a good vantage point (and test my bubbles - sorry they didn't travel too far). Then there was the fun of watching the stage crew set up. I talked with Gordon and Kelsey (elfchild) a bit. Suddenly, (finally, after over a year for this Fruhead from Raincouver BC) the lights went really low and SHAZAM!! four Fru-lads appeared as if from NOWHERE!

They must really like playing Michigan Militia because I think this is the third time I have heard them open with it. It's just not one of my most favourite songs. Next time, I hope to hear the encores first. Or maybe the Present Tense Tureen? Yeah, start us off with a nice elf song! :) I used to know a "Trisha" and she was not one of my favourite people. Just thought everyone needed to know that. ONWARD:

I so muchly love Jockey Full of Burbon and it seemed like I was hearing it all over again for the first time (and vice versa). I was dancing and grooving to the music and blowing some bubbles intermittently.

Banter - yeah there was a bit of banter. my mind was lost. I think I was distracted by someone asking about the Larry pin that I was sporting on my tiara.

Again I danced to Horseshoes (just TRY and stop me) - and I kept having to remind myself to OPEN my eyes when I dance to a live concert. Is it just ME or do people like to dance with eyes closed? I think this was the best I think I have heard Horseshoes - (or absence makes the ears grow fonder)

Mellow songs Fly and My Poor Generation rounded out the mellow moments and I passed around the bubbles a bit so more people could share. Unfortunately, I don't think they went even three rows back. sigh.

The Happy Birthday song (geez did we pay royalties?) was SO HEARTWARMING! I think I saw a tear well up in Dave's eye ! And I forgot to get him a card. I feel like such a slacker. ;)

Then we went into funky tunes - Lazy Boy, You Will Go To The Moon (mega bubbles for this one)and Pisco bandito. Pisco was SUPERduper Even though the "Antonio Banderas" stanza was flubbed and had to be re-done. Could it be that the lads are forgetting their music? OH heaven forFEND! (see? living proof that they need their fans - they need to perform for us more often. heh heh)

ALSO, someone in the crowd had made a big paper 'stuffed' fish, got different people to sign it (so it seemed) and stuck it on the end of a fishing pole. It was waved above the crowd and amused the band more than the crowd, I think. Pisco was sporting a lovely duct tape fedora, wasn't it? and had a 'dollar' in its mouth. I hope the pictures turn out, considering it was kind of far away. At the end of the song, the paper fish was deposited Stage Dave. I think the lads really liked the paper fish.

I blew a LOT of bubbles during Independence Day & Boo Time I think - I also tried to get some photos. I remember the lighting was not that great at my angle - backlighting sucks when you are trying to co-ordinate photo taking with ever-changing lighting. Well there MIGHT be some 'happy accidents' but who knows?

There was an awkward pause after Boo Time - a suspenseful moment. I thought perhaps Jian wanted to snatch my bubbles from me, or maybe confiscate my camera? He reached forward towards me, made a little motion with his fingers, and I knew what he wanted - (get your minds out of the gutter!) I removed from my neck my feather boa and held it out to him, then I offered my tiara, and he accepted that too! What a great look for Disco Bargainville!! Jian removed the tiara sometime in the middle of the song and tossed it over his shoulder. Guess he has a bigger head than I do. :) I got my boa back right away after the song. the tiara I got back a few songs later (jian had to look for it)

We went back to the mellow songs again with BJ, Stuck in the 90s, Present Tense Tureen. I particularly loved Tureen because it was my first time hearing it live after earning in the moniker "elfwench". the whole "I'm an elf" thing was so special for me.

We had fun moments with Johnny Saucep'n (got to watch Jian's quick fingers on that penny whistle. and I am just learning my scales! yikes), Guinea Pig & The Kids Song - oh man that was such so much fun live! The lads have great childishly playful 'shy' poses!

The mood became mellow again for Hold On and Nuit and I blew bubbles and got some more photos (hey, I had someone else's camera too, so there. heh heh)

Then the audience was RIGHT PUMPED for Authors and Get in the Car and, of course, Psycho Killer. Jian seemed to be happy to be back in control of hundreds of clapping fans. Yeah, he was really working off the crowd the whole night, come to think.

When the lads came back from offstage , we (Elfchild and myself) knew what to expect. She cleverly learned the knack for reading a setlist upside-down. :)

King of Spain and Green Eggs and Ham made up the first encore - the "dave spotlight" encore. Dave seemed a bit humble though. He didn't take advantage of the spotlight as much as he could have. WORK IT, DAVE!

Second Encore I was just having so much fun! For If Only You Knew I decided (somewhere in the middle) to start singing directly to Murray. I was reaching out to him and singing "how much I think of you" when he suddenly noticed. It was obviously unexpected. hee hee. BUT Murray's a good sport. He grinned and chuckled silently to himself. What a great smile, though. Thanks Murray.

Cher's Believe was next - the disco beat was there but I kept the boa this time.

The final encore was the Drinking Song. All arm-in-arm, supported by new friends, I cried. I could have tried to stop and pretend the song didn't touch me anymore, but it does. ESPECIALLY live. And this past year makes the song more personal I suppose. Listening to it at this concert, I found new meaning in familiar lyrics. I know the lyrics have meaning for everyone, and for me they speak to me about my father and his life - and his recent passing. "...And the band played on..."

ONWARD: Well, when the lads exited the stage, the lights came up. I doublechecked with Elfchild about murray's setlist and the cryptic "DR" under "drinking". Ponder ponder ponder.. (lightbulb flash!) Stage Directions! "GRAB it, Kelsey! That's it" And grab it she did. :) We managed to get the stage guys to find two more.. so Gordon has one too. :)

After the concert was obviously over to the rest of the Fruheads, nobody really wanted to leave. They had a heck of a time getting us to claim our coats let alone leave the building. heh heh. You can lead a fruhead to water... Uh, yeah.

SO that's it for my review, as rambly as it sounds. Tune in at the NEXT show where you can hear Dr. Bob say "And the band played on ... "

Tanya, aka Rock Diva Elfy, From Coquitlam BC
Attention! please forward my mail to my other profile. I'm using my real name TANYA instead of this Lilya business. People kept getting confused. Sorry about all of that! THIS profile shall henceforth continue as ...

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uh, but not in alphabetical order. yet.

Aero a type of laughter that is a smidge more canadian than a 'snicker' but is not quite a guffaw or a giggle
CheshireKitty (adj) resembling the Cheshire Cat or the Cheshire Cat's grin.
Dagnabit (also dagnabbit): exclamation of frustration
Earworm any song (usually a chorus) that will repeat again and again in a person's mind
Norg a small, hairless woodland creature with lots of teeth. resembles Nermal after falling off a table.
Smort a tiny magical creature only recently domesticated by Smurfs. Because of its smurf influence, it is terribly annoying
Eri (pronounced 'airy'): a North American bird, only relative of the Phoenix
Nifty (adj) something that is pleasant and/or fashionable
Fa-way (n) where Fruvous usually plays instead of the West Coast
Fru-West (n) increasingly popular Western gathering of Fruheads including, but is not limited to the fruheads from Washington State and the Fraser Valley of BC
Squee (n) an obscure, energetic little object much coveted by some fruheads


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