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frohl and Foo
aFighters tear it
~up at the State
y autam Baksi
aily Arts Writer
t- was rock 'n' roll music at its best:
Alittle smoke, some crowd surfing
'd a lot of banging drums and heavy
_roms of distorted guitars. Don't for-
e: to add shirtless fans rushing the
tage (only to be oh-so-quickly tack-
led by stage
Foo guitar solos on
top of speakers.
Fighters Who says rock
State Theater n' roll is dead?
Nov.6, 2000 Dave Grolil
and his Foo
graced the State
shortly before 9
p.m. to the fero-
cious beats of
"Break Out" off
their latest release, There Is Nothing
Left to Lose. As drummer Taylor
Hawkins pounded his double bass,
Grohl jumped onto a second drum set
and the band began one of their
trongest songs of the night. With a
simple stage set packed with bright
lights pointing at the crowd, The Foo
Fighters played for almost two hours
of continuous music highlighting
songs off all three of their CD releas-
Sporting a baggy white, full sleeve
T-shirt, Grohl primarily acted as gui-
tarist and kept energy levels going
with hits like "My Hero" and
"Monkey Wrench." Squeezed
between their hard driving, punk-
influenced songs, the band played
many ballads off their '97 release,
Colour and the Shape. Transitions
between loud rock and softer "Big
Me"-type ballads were somewhat
sharp; it was obvious the band's
repertoire of songs lacked middle-
level intensity. However, shortly after
fans would stand still for Grohl's
emotional outpourings, they would
be furiously jumping in place as
Grohl ran around the stage teaching a
group of head-bangers how to get
Early in the night, Grohl climbed
on top a stage extension into the
audience, towering ten feet above
screaming fans. Hawkins threw over
a dozen drumsticks at Grohl who
clumsily dropped all of them before
finally catching one to do some
'The $treet': A futui e
for B-schoolers? Now
showing on FOX p
By Katie Den Bleyker would win in a fight, But' the
Daly Arts Writer Vampire Slayer or Xena: 'rrior
Princess (consensus: Xena).
Fox's new drama, "The Street," The guys also debate modernday
plays like a dramatization of a self- etiquette like whether or not 'open-
help book titled "Everything You ing a door for a woman is still.bkay
Didn't Learn at the Michigan (consensus: No, because "feminazis
Business School." For example, I'm like to feel equal to men and' door
sure the B-School doesn't teach holding points out that they're not.")
classes on how to endure intern- in between trading volatile stocks
ships where on Wall Street.
your boss treats The technical jargon on tho show
you like his will no doubt appeal to students in
lackey. the B-School, but non-business
The And I'd be majors beware; Econ 101 is practi-
$treet willing to bet cally a prerequisite for this show.
there is no Girls, don't fear. Even though this
Fox business class show is guy central, there are a few
Tonight at 9 p.m. called "How to girls on the show (and even |e or
Handle an two who aren't sluts!)
Office Quickie My personal favorite is Donna
\- 101." (Melissa De Sousa), the street-
But pre-busi- smart receptionist who doesn't take
ness majors any garbage from her Harvard MBA
don't fear; the co-workers, while battling to get
creator of into the company's training, pro-
"Beverly Hills 90201" and "Sex and grain.
the City" is here to supplement your Or if you don't like the reception-
education! ist, you can just feast your eyes on
Darren Star's new creation is like Jack Kenderson (Tom Everett Scott,
a guy's version of "Sex and the "That Thing You Do") and Mark
City" While "City's" gals debate McConnell (Scan Mahr, "Party of
the benefits of spending your entire Five").
paycheck on Manolo Blahnik shoes, Either way, "The Street" has
"The Street s" boys debate who something for everyone.
Courtesy of Foo RoswellRecords
The Foo Fighters practice hard and play harder.
resourceful slide-guitar work. The
interlude ended with the crowd taunt-
ing Grohl to stage-dive onto the
floor. Although tempted, Grohl
declined, acknowledging, "The last
time I stage-dived was at an Iggy Pop
show at the Palladium in Los
Angeles." Even with the repeated
urging of fans, Grohl said he'd only
do it again when lie felt ready.
Jokingly, he added, "Just because
5,000 fans want me to do something
doesn't mean I will! Okay?"
Constanti ixin' humor, goofy
stage antics and solid performances
of his songs, Dave Grohl acted the
part of a humble rock star. Although
he praised his fellow guitarists (Chris
Shiflett on rhythm and Nate Mendel
on bass) cxtensivcly, it was obvious
that as the former drummer for
Nirvana, Grohl's favorite fellow Foo
was Taylor Hawkins.
After a drumming duel in the middle
of his set, Grohl even conceded who
was the better drummer: "Taylor
Hawkins is a fucking god!"
As an encore, the band played,
"Ain't It the Life," a rarity on this
tour which included mostly heavier
gigs with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Although the crowd didn't appreciate
the mellow groove much, the band
seemed very content to be able to
play a favorite.
The night was brought to a close
with "M.i.A.," also off their last
release, and then segued into the ever-
popular "Everlong" which finally con-
cluded the exciting night.
Goodman's new show hardly 'Normal'
By Ryan Blay
tDaily Arts Witer
Perhaps along with the presidential
elections, we should elect new televi-
on executives every four years. That
would go a long way toward stopping
the stale schlock currently being pro-
duced under buzzwords like "interest-
ifg" and "innovative", which "Normal,
Ohio" certainly is not. John Goodman
("Roseanne") "acts" as Butch Gamble,
a middle aged man recently moving
back to his conservative Ohio town
fromi Los Angeles. Oh yes, he's also
ay Ha ha. Look at the large gay man.
an you see the Emmys rolling in?
By "act", this means John Goodman
gets to listen to his homophobic parents
make jokes about
his liberal lifestyle
and address him
as "trapeze artist",
Normal, "piccolo player"
Ohio and other terms.
Fox in-denial parents
Tonight at 8:30 p.m are so ashamed
they went and told
the family that he
was an actor on
" G e n e r a l
returns for his
son's send-off party, we are supposed to
laugh at jokes about him and nurses.
Woo-wee. Stop the laugh train, I need to
Bonnie and Terry Turner should be
disappointed. They are the creators of
much funnier shows such as "Third
Rock From the Sun" and "That 70's
Show." Really, the question they should
be asking is "Why the Hell did we do this
'Joely Fisher ("Ellen," that 'other' gay
show) is Butch's trampy-looking sister
Pamela. She goes through men quickly
as she struggles to raise two smart-ass
* ildren on her own. Her son is a typical
enaged boy. Her daughter is a book-
worm who wants to be left alone. Man,
'those two must have taken at least 20
seconds to cot-e up with.
Thus, we reach the pathos of Butch's
conflict with his son Charlie. Quickly,
flash back to the scene in Austin Powers
when Dr. Evil first meets Scott. Scott is
hurt that daddy left him. ie rins asway
from the "lazy-eyed psycho." That was
cute. Now come back to "Normal,
Ohio." Charlie is hurt that daddy left
him. He doesn't understand why Butch
(this is a nickname, by the way. His
real first name is William) had to leave
him. He runs away, at first, from his
homosexual father, but not before
making a few obligatory gay jokes.
Watch the tears stream out of your
Of course, by the end of the first
episode, dad and son are somewhat
reconciled. Charlie is going to go to
medical school, but at his going away
party, after advice from his dad on the
importance of being happy.
William/Butch is just a regular
guy, except for his sexual preference.
He drinks beers and watches the ball-
games. If that's the moral, then this
show should be an after-school spe-
cial, not a weekly comedy. Unlike
shows such as "Will & Grace" that
Slightly different music
(because you're slightly different).
courtesy of Xrx
John Goodman stars in 'Normal, Ohio.'
actually have a prayer to survive, this
doesn't. A lack of plot, unfunny
stock characters, and John Goodman
as a gay man does not a TV show
make. Good luck to all. Perhaps
they'll make smarter decisions on
their next projects. <Click>, next
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