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The Tubes Shock ‘n’ Rock at the Greenwich Odeum

By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England

The Tubes Shock ‘n’ Rock at the Greenwich Odeum
Friday February 22, 2019
East Greenwich, Rhode Island

For over 40 years, The Tubes have continued to astonish audiences with their brand of glam, punk, head banging, rock and roll. Led by extraordinary front man Fee Waybill, The Tubes started by playing their entire 1981 hit album “The Completion Backward Principle”, complete with all the characters and costumes their loyal throngs of fans expect.

Fee’s constant wardrobe changes, (leather jacket, bathrobe, and chaps) along with his various characters (Mr. Hate, and Biker Johnny) create a spectacle that progresses to absurdity, singing through a box covered in leopard fur and performing in a bathrobe while donning a swimming mask and snorkel. Most beloved  of all by fans of The Tubes is “Quay Lewd”. Complete with an unruly blond wig, quay lewd glasses, and ridiculously high platform shoes, Quay works the crowd into a frenzy performing the Tubes anthem “White Punks On Dope”.

For all of Fee’s attention getting hi-jinks, the music is still the thing. The Tubes are tight and never miss their mark, probably because they still retain four of the original members, vocalist Fee Waybill, guitarist Roger Steen,  Rick Anderson (bass), the legendary Prairie Prince on drums, and keyboardist David Medd.

“Mondo Bondage”, Bowie cover ”Suffragette City” , and “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” were standouts.
The Tubes finished the night with their most popular (reaching Billboards #10 in the U.S.) “She’s A Beauty”, then a reprise of the opener “Talk To Ya Later”, before moving to greet fans in the Odeum lobby.

More than a just a concert, The Tubes are an event, a throwback to a time of unencumbered experiments in music and theater. The result is a truly one of a kind multi-sensory extravaganza that must be experienced live to appreciate.

SETLIST

The Completion Backward Principle Talk
Talk To Ya Later
Sushi Girl
Amnesia
Mr Hate
Attack Of The 50’ Woman
Think About Me
Matter Of Pride
Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore
Power Tools
Let’s Make Some Noise
Drums Solo
What Do You Want From Life
I Want It All Now
Mondo Bondage
Out Of Business
Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
WPOD
Piece By Piece
She’s A Beauty
Talk To Ya Later…Reprise

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Mike McKenney

Mike McKenney

Mike McKenney is an award winning professional photographer and current New England Correspondent for Rock At Night magazine.

With his years of experience and passion for Concert Photography, Mike has photographed many of the famous acts in the world today.
Rock Icons such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, and Fleetwood Mac along with Country artist Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney,and Jason Aldean have all appeared before Mike’s camera.

"My goal is always to present the experience truthfully so fans can feel the energy and emotions the Artists convey. It’s a tremendous honor and responsibility to be allowed to create art while blending my two passions, music and photography”
Mike McKenney
About Mike McKenney (64 Articles)
Mike McKenney is an award winning professional photographer and current New England Correspondent for Rock At Night magazine. With his years of experience and passion for Concert Photography, Mike has photographed many of the famous acts in the world today. Rock Icons such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, and Fleetwood Mac along with Country artist Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean have all appeared before Mike’s camera. "My goal is always to present the experience truthfully so fans can feel the energy and emotions the Artists convey. It’s a tremendous honor and responsibility to be allowed to create art while blending my two passions, music and photography”

2 Comments on The Tubes Shock ‘n’ Rock at the Greenwich Odeum

  1. Jeffrey Crawford // March 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm // Reply

    Awesome photos! Was sitting close to where you were shooting.

  2. Steven Armstrong // March 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm // Reply

    The show was excellent! Great shots, Mike. The leopard-print TV frame shot is from “What Do You Want From Life?”. Still loved hearing “I Want It All Now”, “Out Of The Business”, and “Show Me A Reason” (from the Live LP, missing from the above songlist). Check ’em out on this tour if you get the chance!

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