The Sheila Divine @ Little Brothers, 3/15/00
Our Lady Peace and The Sheila Divine @ the Newport Music Hall, 4/16/01
The Sheila Divine & Miranda Sound @ Little Brothers, 11/4/01
Like Cursive, I saw The Sheila Divine more than a few times over a short span, so the memories sort of blur together. The first show was definitely thanks to local radio station CD101 playing their single Hum repeatedly, and that was enough to get plenty of us to the show.
The opening slot for Our Lady Peace, well to be honest, I had sort of soured on Our Lady Peace by this point. There first record was great, and the second fine, though definitely aimed at writing more singles. Two albums later, the band was definitely in a bit of rut, and only a year later the band would make the cringe-inducing Gravity, a stab at wannabe Creed/Nickleback third generation grunge that the band quickly abandoned.
The third show, second at Little Brothers, was a big deal in that our friends in Miranda Sound opened. Opening for touring regional or nation bands was a big deal, and at the time, since our band and Miranda Sound were both new to the scene, landing any opening gig was monumental.
Believe it or not, the main draw for this show was TSAR. Hear me out.
TSAR was a band my friend Jason happened upon and shared during the summer of 2000. It was over-the-top, glimmering, sugary-sweet power pop that would make Cheap Trick and Big Star proud, but with a twist of California punk and glam metal. Songs like Kathy Fong Is The Bomb were mindless and wonderful, a perfect summer soundtrack album for driving around.
The band, in a short opening set, were brash and bratty, just what you’d expect, but dwarfed by the giant stage. Clearly a band meant for smaller venues, where the audience could get up close and personal, sweat and bodies bouncing around. They concluded their set with a rocking version of a Backstreet Boys song, and that’s about all you need to know.
Duran Duran were fine, but the most memorable aspect of their show was what an awkward dancer Simon LeBond was/is. He didn’t so much as dance as spasm to the music. Very weird stuff.
DURAN DURAN SETLIST
Last Day On Earth
Hungry Like The Wolf
New Moon On Monday
Playing With Uranium
Big Bang Generation
Save A Prayer
Mars Meets Venus
Too Much Information
The Wild Boys
Girls On Film