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University Chamber Choir
Theodore Morrison conducts
the Detroit Winds Brass
Ensemble. Hill Auditorium.
8 p.m. Free.
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APRIL 10, 2001


Love crosses

*Love crosses
dlasses on the
'HMS. Pinafore'
By Shannon O'Sutlivan
Arts Writer

Inside the 'Outside' with Staind's
Aaron Lewis: Devil not included

By Rob Brode
Dail Arts writer
For some, writing a hit song
requires a team of professional lyri-
cists, hours in a studio and the latest

April 58

The U-M Gilbert and Sullivan
Society stunned audiences once
again this weekend with their live-
ly performance of "H.M.S.
Pinafore." With the wooden frame
setting of a ship and sailor's cos-
tumes that would give Gilligan a
run for his money, the atmosphere
of a real sea voyage took over the
theater from the start. The red,
white and blue sailor's costumes as
well as the patriotic music addi-
tionally gave a real sense of cama-
Yet, this initial feeling soon

Tonight at 7 p.m.

breakthroughs to
cover up thin
talent. All it
took for Aaron
Lewis, Staind's
front man, was
an acoustic gui-
tar, the compa-
ny of friend
Fred Durst, and
thousands of
screaming fans.
The live/only
version of
"Outside" has
spent 21 weeks
on Billboard's

became a bit distorted due to class pride with a lowly
sailor, Ralph, falling in love with his Captain's daugh-
ter, Josephine. Due to class issues, Josephine has to

hide her natural inclinations to return Ralph's love.
Furthermore, the Captain himself has a bit of a
romance, as Buttercup, a peddler women has fallen in
love with him.
But, like most fathers, the Captain puts his daughter
in front of himself and tries to play matchmaker
between his daughter and Sir Joseph Porter, Lord of
the Admiralty. In revolt against this set-up, Josephine
and Ralph attempt to elope, but the Captain steps in
their way. However, there is more to the story, as
throughout several scenes Buttercup hints that she is
hiding a secret. In revealing this secret, she solves all
difficulties, permitting Josephine and Ralph to marry
and live happily ever after.
The show's love songs and sailing songs reminded
me of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Love Boat." How-
ever, the musical numbers also had a respectful, patri-
otic flavor, beginning with the first song, in which the
audience rose and joined in the singing of "God Save
the Queen." Throughout both acts, the characters
expressed their emotions mainly in the form of songs,
which were cheery, lively and even had several dance
moves. Using many catchy expressions such as "Worn
out garments show new patches," and "Catchy-
Catchies," along with British slang, the actors and
actresses expressed humor in almost every scene.
Contrary to popular belief, this show was not only
for adults, but for the young and old alike. The wide
range of ages sitting in the audience from parents and
University students to grandparents and their grand-
children goes to show that Gilbert and Sullivan's
"H.M.S. Pinafore" is a classic on class pride for all

Modern Rock chart and sits com-
fortably at No. 2. "Outside" may
sound as if Lewis spent hours with a
notebook in a dark room, writing in
blood by candlelight in order to pro-
duce such a haunting song, but noth-
ing could be farther from the truth.
"The version that you hear all the
time was mostly written while I was
recording it on stage in front of all
those people. I had choruses to the
song and the chords. The verses I
was completely making up" Lewis
said recently in an interview with
The Michigan Daily.
While Durst's contributions to
"Outside" may be small, his role in
Staind's rise to success was a major
one. "Early on he was completely
influential. He found us, took a
chance on us and invited us down to
his house." Durst even gave Staind a
chance to play on the bill with Limp
Bizkit back in 1997. Things almost
went sour before Staind ever made it
on stage. Upon seeing Staind's cover
for their album Tormented, which
pictured a bloody dagger punched
through a bible while a Barbie hung
upside down on a crucifix with nails
protruding from her plastic frame,
Durst became irate and concluded

Courtesy of Elektra
Catch Staind tonight as they roll through EMU on the "Wake the Fuck Up" tour,
along with Godsmack, Cold and Systematic.

that Staind was a group of Satanists
and tried to throw them off the bill.
Eventually Durst calmed down and
allowed Staind to play. That night
Durst stood side stage watching
Staind's set, waiting for them to
show their "dark side" as Lewis put
it, waiting for the moment to say, "I
told you so!" Durst never saw any-
thing to further affirm his suspicions
of devil worship, but what he did see
impressed him enough to get Staind
signed to Flip records.
Signing to Flip records was just
the first of what is becoming an
increasingly long string of positives
for Staind. Their major label debut
Dysfunction went platinum. The
song "It's Been Awhile" a song from
the soon to be released Break the
Cycle has joined "Outside" in the
modern rock top ten. Record stores
being sucked clean of their Staind
stock puts money in Lewis's pocket,
but the live shows are what puts a
smile on his face. "There have been
quite a few really amazing moments

for me, doing 'Outside.' The place
wouldn't stop going crazy afterwards
and I had to interrupt to start the
next song." "Outside," has now
become a giant sing-a-long in con-
cert but Lewis doesn't mind the help.
To have thousands sing your own
words back to you is, to Lewis, "The
most rewarding feeling you could
ever possibly feel. I want to smile. I
want to cry. I want to go out, I don't
want to sound corny, but sometimes
I want to go out and give everybody
a hug."
Whether Staind will continue to
stylishly discolor the face of metal is,
unknown and not all that important
to Lewis. In reference to musical
goals Lewis remarked, "I've already
surpassed them all. Even if the bot-
tom fell out tomorrow. I've accom-
plished more than I ever thought I
would." Not to worry Mr. Lewis,
until some ultra strength bleach of a
musical revolution comes along it
appears as if nothing is going to get
this Staind out.

:ou-esy of U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Bev Pooley stars as Captain Corcoran.

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