Concert Recommendation: Hoodoo Gurus, The Abbey Pub, Sunday, March 25
When discussing the Greenhornes recently with another garage rock
aficienado, I complained that when I saw them live, it just wasn't
happening. She defended them as good in the studio but awkward in front
of an audience. I wasn't buying it. In my book, the definition of a
garage band includes a vibrancy in concert that's hard to capture in
recording. Australia's Hoodoo Gurus epitomize that, just one hell of a
fun live band with catchy pop hooks, tremendous energy and a sense of
humor. For example, at one show they offered a free bottle of
champagne, given to the band by their record company, to the first
audience member to identify the theme in that night's set list; they
were performing the songs in alphabetical order. They haven't toured
the U.S. in over a decade, so it'll be a welcome return.
The Hoodoo Gurus play the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, Chicago,
773-478-4408 at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.