october 7th 2000
rock the vote festival
[pictures at moïd]
franco saint de bakker
swearing at motorists
dead man ray
copy of 78
A solid gig, this. The festival they were playing at is an initiative, which came flying over from the States. The festival is supposed to encourage people to vote up there, but seeing as in Belgium, people are obliged to go vote, the point of the festival is a bit lost. Not that anybody minds of course- it’s just another excuse to see Dead Man Ray live once more.
Daan & co must have been feeling well that evening, because they included Bread again in their set- for the first time since Trap came out. They also played tons of small variations in their songs, with some strange arrangements in the songs. For their first encore, they even invited a contrabass player to play along with Jahwe, a nice idea, but the result was pretty similar to the more ‘regular’ version.
Daan also apologised for wearing a blue suit that evening, and insisted it was fully unintentional. (Blue is the colour associated with the Liberal party in Belgium) Rudy screamed his tonsils dry in Blind Surfer again, much to the hilarity of the audience. Elko shouted ‘long live the vegetarians’ before they began playing ‘Ham’, and during Copy of ’78, a frustrated Wouter Van Belle smashed his keyboard on the floor, because it had been malfunctioning for the entire gig. Karel simply drummed his way through the gig, clearly more relaxed than in his first gigs with Dead Man Ray.
The gig was great, the audience wasn’t. It had probably something to do with the venue (and with everybody sitting down), but the hall simply lacked atmosphere. A shame then, that after Preset was over, lots of people immediately left the venue, apparently uninterested in encores. Fortunately Dead Man Ray did return for those who were enthusiastic, although only playing two more songs, while a third encore –Moïd- was on the setlist. boo-hoo!