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8 The University Choir and Arts Choral host a concert tonight.
For an exciting blend of various performances of pieces by
Bruckner, Telemann and Williamsut, stop by Hill Auditorium at 8
p.m. And don't worry, it's totally free.

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Tomorrow in Daily Arts:
Check out a preview of the Boys Choir of Harlem, who will
be coming Dec. 9 to Hill Auditorium.

Tuesday
December 7, 1999

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THE CONCERT THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS

89X celebrates holidays
early with prime line-up

What better show could a radio station offer than one where all
the bands play all their hits?
That's exactly what happened at Sunday night's "The Night 89X
Stole Christmas," featuring Ben Harper, Blink 182, Oasis and
Bush, presented by 88.7 FM (CIMX).
The band that kicks-off any arena rock line-up is normally
the one that sounds the most pathetic, the one that the crowd
falls asleep to and the one that no one actually wants to see.
But with last night's line up, people hurried into Cobo Arena
to see 'Ben Harper. Much to the dismay of the crowd, Harper
and the Innocent Criminals mostly played songs from his lat-
est album, "The Will To Live."
With a double-necked guitar, Harper started his set off with the
album's first single "Burn to Shine." Harper's set lacked favorites
like "Ground on Down" and "Excuse Me Mister." But the audi-
ence still received Harper well and acknowledged his skill as
a live performer.
Considering the rest of two of the other bands on the bill
- Blink 182 and Bush - maybe he wanted the crowd to
groove before they start on a rampage of pogoing.
Blink 182 members Mark Hoppus, bassist; Tom DeLonge,
guitarist; and Travis Barker, drummer; in their self-pro-
claimed "crappy punk rock" not only entertained fans not
only with their music, but with their humorous, if not imma-

The. Night
89X Stole
Christmas
Cobo Arena
Dec. 5, 1999
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ture, presence on stage.
Hoppus and DeLonge opened the
eight-song set proclaiming, "I'm not
wearing any pants," "I'm not wearing
any underwear" and "I want to have an
orgasm on all of you."
' The band began its set with songs
from their third album, "Enema of the
State" including "Dumpweed," followed
by "Don't Leave Me."
Blink also performed several
impromptu songs - a trait of Blink
shows that sometimes engages or is
inspired by audience members - includ-
ing "It would be nice to have a blow job."
The band then moved into "What's My

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they all picked up and sang in chorus when Blink broke into
"All the Small Things," the newest release off of the "Enema"
album. After breaking into a brief rendition of "Genie in a
Bottle," the band finished on "Dammit," proving the best per-
formance of the set.
The show took a turn towards gritty guitar rock for the next
band: Oasis.
They strolled onto the stage with the same confident swag-
ger, the same markedly British appearance and the same cap-
tivating stage presence that has made Oasis one of the
world's most popular bands.
But they are different.
Gone are the days when lead singer Liam Gallagher paraded
around stage - a pint of lager in one hand, a cigarette in the
other - seeping further into a state of intoxication.
Gone is the typical anti-American sentiment which has kept
one of the few remaining pure rock bands from taking off in
the states.
Gone are long time rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs
and bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and in their place Andy Bell
and Gem respectively.
The band has found new focus in sobriety. Liam's often
out-of-control drinking habit reportedly came to a halt last
March, when the band began recording their soon-to-be
released fourth album. Ironically the band began its set with
"Cigarettes and Alcohol" off their debut album "Definitely
Maybe."
Hiding behind a pair of dark glasses and long locks of untamed
British hair the younger Gallagher captivated a crowd of English
flag waving fans from the start.
Older brother Noel brought the floor to a fever pitch just

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Left: Blink 182 was one of four bands to play at "The Night 89X
Stole Christmas" at Cobo Arena. Above: Fans go nuts in the front
row as Blink 182 starts its set.
minutes later with a rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole
Lotta Love." The band continued the set with other fan
favorites "Supersonic," "Wonderwall" and "Champagne
Supernova," before finishing with an electrifying cover of
The Beatles' "Helter Skelter."
The wait between Oasis and headliner Bush seemed brutal for
the audience.
But appearances by Detroit Red Wings Sergei Federov, Manny
Legacy and John Warden quenched the crowd's thirst for some
famous people.
The crowd expected Bush; they got the Gavin Rossdale Band,
and didn't seem to mind all too much.
As GRB began the set with radio favorite "Machinehead," shirt-
less guys in the mosh pit took their brutal behavior to the extreme,
one taking it upon himself to throw punches at mere bystanders
just to get them started, or in the hospital for whatever reason he
found necessary.
Rossdale did his best "typical rock-star" imitation as he
screamed words that nobody understood, but responded as if they
did because, after all, it was Gavin who screamed them and he is
so dreamy.
The encore began with "Glycerine," which Gavin was orig-
inally not going to perform because it was "too emotional,"
but did in the spirit of Christmas. Gavin played the song along
with Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford, who Rossdale referred to
as "him."
The show ended with "Little Things," in which Bush finally
deviated from the recorded version of the song. Before leaving the
stage, the band threw out guitar strings and drumsticks for fans to
love, honor and cherish.
Perhaps the best part of last night's show was that when the
bands said, "Hello Detroit, they meant Detroit. Because instead
of holding the show somewhere in the suburbs, this show was in
the heart of the motor city.
- Compiled by Daily Arts Writers Jewel Gopwani, Chris
Grandstaf~ Dena Kirscher and Jennifer Yachnin.

C/icago
concert
wows crowd
By David Enders
Daisy Arts Writer
"The Night 89X Stole Christmas"
in Detroit may have been good, but
Chicago radio station (WKQX)
101.1's "Millennium Show" the pre-
vious evening at the All-State Arena
had twice the bands.
The Foo Fighters have returned to
the United States after a tour stop in
Europe, playing in Chicago on
Saturday night as co-headliners of an
eight-band show that included Moby,
Run DMC, Filter, Fiona Apple, Blink
182, Oasis and Bush. The Foo
Fighters played an energetic set,
beginning with material from their
first album and mixing in songs from
their latest album,"There's Nothing
Left to Lose."
Frontman Dave Grohl played to the
audience, imploring them to hold up
their lighters during the set "C'mon,
you did it for Oasis and Blink," he
said. He then jumped into the crowd
with guitar and a microphone stand
and sang "Ain't it the Life," a twangy
ballad, to a female audience member.
The band even played "Big Me,"
which Grohl admitted they don't play
very often.
In Chicago, Oasis played the
exact same five-song set they played
the next night in Detroit.
Moby played first and DMC fol-
lowed him up, doing a three-set that
included their now-famous cover of
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." The
audience members at the all ages
show seemed unenthusiastic consid-
ering, most of whom wouldn't have
been born when DMC first donned
their shell-toe Adidas in 1983. Apple
also played a short set, and was more
entertaining for her spastic dancing
than for her music.
Filter, who claims hometown
roots in Chicago played their hits
"Trip Like I Do" and "Hey Man,
Nice Shot, and did their best to
destroy as much of the equipment
as possible before leaving the stage,
smashing guitars, throwing mike
stands, and pushing over speakers.

Age Again?" the first release of their second album, greeted
by cheers from the audience that grew successively louder
between each verse.
The audience grew relatively silent, however, as few rec-
ognized "Pathetic" from the band's 1997 album, "Dude
Ranch."
The band recovered with songs from "Enema," including
"Aliens Exists," a song the band described as "when aliens
fly into your buttock." During the song, Hoppus walked from
the stage into the crowd, breaking his guitar strap, but fin-
ished the set alternately hugging his guitar and sitting on
parts of the stage.
"I still finished the song for you fucking people," he said
afterward.
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