JAXX; Springfield, Virginia
Don't Make Me Prove It
Sick As Your Secrets
Only You Know
On Friday, October 6, 2006, it was actually a kinda chilly day...I was making the commute from Maryland & taking the parking lot known as 495 to get to Springfield, Virginia to catch Chicago's answer to the Beatles, Veruca Salt, in their only area appearance. It was a 2 hour drive one way for me, BUT, I felt like it was well worth it because the material on "IV", the new Veruca Salt CD is sooo strong, I just really wanted to see the band play these songs live, & even though it was raining & cold, the trip was worth every second to see this show!
There was a few local VA bands that opened the show, & national act The Strays were direct support for Veruca Salt...I actually dug their set alot..think gritty punk with pop ethics...it was a good set, but there was so few people there at that point, that is was kinda sad. When the 2 local bands were on, the club was 1/2 packed, but when their sets ended the place kinda cleared out. When the Stray's ended I made my way to the front of the stage to get a close & clear shot of Veruca Salt.
Veruca Salt took the stage around midnight & there was some technical problems with Stephen's guitar rig & this actually made for the longest intro I've ever seen...the band literally stood there while their intro music played for about a minute, & then finally things were fixed & the opening harmonics of "So Weird" kicked in, & Louise, in mock fur coat & painted face, let her lovely vocals go & the show had begun!
I was really glad that the band played a set that was mostly new stuff, because their new cd is really strong & honestly, I think they could have easily played the entire CD from beginning to end, but we all know that there are classic Veruca Salt songs that they have to play, & Louise even commented that there wasn't enough time to play every Veruca Salt song, because the crowd was shouting out songs at various times through their set!
The new line-up of Veruca Salt is DEFINITELY the strongest & best line-up EVER...the harmonies are great, Stephen is a full-on rock star that has the energy of a rabbit on crack, & Louise has never sounded better! "Only You Know" was not on the set list, but added last minute, & at one point during their set, Louise made a comment of how she hate You Tube & said something along the lines of "fuck You Tube up the ass" because she was pissed over something that appeared on the site. For being sick with a cold, Louise gave an amazing performance, & while the band was tearing it up, it dawned on me that this is exactly what rock music is missing today...a great rock n roll band that's got great songs, tons of energy, & it's really apparent that they are having fun up there..they smile alot, interact with the crowd, & enjoy what they are doing..there's no depression or moping around on a Veruca Salt stage!
"Seether", "Spiderman" & "Victrola" were the songs that made the older fans in the crowd salivate, but "Sick As Your Secrets" & "Innocent" were the songs that really did it for me, because they are new songs & they really stand on their own, both on the CD & especially seeing the band jam 'em live! It's really sad that alot of people don't even know that Veruca Salt are still around...all I can really say is when the band roles through your town, you've gotta see them..they are a great rock n roll show that you won't soon forget! I'd like to dedicate this review to my friend Slugger, who's always there at the really good rock n roll shows & I'm glad she got to see this one especially!