Toronto, The Opera House
  1. "La Lucertola" (Ennio Morricone)
  2. Desert Search For Techno Allah
  3. "Love In Space" (Peter Thomas)
  4. Ma Meeshaka Mow Skow
  5. "I Sin For A Living" (The Meatmen)
  6. ( )
  7. After School Special
  8. Phlegmatics
  9. "Cold World" (Siege)
  10. "Let Me Out"
  11. ? (Mukerjee)
  12. The Bends - Panic In Blue
  13. ? (Armando Trovaioli)
  14. "Everybody's Working For The Weekend" (Loverboy)
  15. Travolta
  16. Chemical Marriage
    Encore 1
  17. Backstrokin'
  18. Secret Song
    Encore 2
  19. "24.000 Baci" (Adriano Celentano)
    Encore 3
  20. Everyone I Went To High School With Is Dead

It was cRaZy! They mostly played stuff off 'Disco' but did play "Travolta(Quote Unquote)" off the s/t. Some morons were heckling Mike Patton, yelling for tracks off the s/t. They played a Loverboy cover, as well as some new material which was insane. It was actually a mellow show, completely different from their March '92 appearance in TO. They came back for tons of encores and finished with a 20+ minute version of "Everybody I Knew In High School Is Dead". Anyway it was well worth seeing, and just because they like doing their thing their own way they shouldn't be critisized for it. But I do agree that the s/t is a bit 'better' than the new one.

Mr. Bungle Concert Review
November 22,95
Opera House, Toronto

The show opened with Project 9, whom I missed, then Melt Banana. MB is a Japanese noise-core band who is very loud and fast. Their female singer was very annoying to most people, but I found them amusing and fun. Nuff said.

Bungle came on after an excruciatingly long wait and some freaky music that they entered onto the stage with. The band came on dressed in crazy suits and black Arabian mask on their faces, all except for Patton who was just wearing his street clothes. I saw the sound check, which in some cases was more interesting than the show itself. As well, which was the real highlight of the show, they had a percussionist player with them, possibly William Winant( who appears on the album), who played all sorts of bongos, tablas, xylophones, gongs, and cymbals. They basically were pulling out all the stops because they had tons of keyboards, and Patton had all his vocal effect things, a keyboard and a sampler (I think, mostly positive).

Anyhow, they started out with this "pretty" song that Patton "lah lahed" to. This may or may not have been an Ennino Morricone tune. Bar told me they were playing a couple. I guessed three. They played lots off Disco Volante like "Techno Allah,""Ma Meeshaka Mow Skow," and "the Bends". "Phlegmatics", had a cool new death metal part in the beginning after the intro. They also played "Chemical Marriage", "After School Special", in which Bar played keyboards. They played three other jazz tunes, which were probably Morricone tunes.. Trey played trumpet on one of these. They played about two or three noise/ambient incidental breaks in-between songs and covered LoverBoy's "Everyone's Working for the Weekend". Patton yelled "it's all because of you!!", because this is a cheesy Canadian band, and they were poking fun at us. He was also going through the lounge lizard motions that were very suave and hilarious. Bar also played drums on this. The only song they played off the debut was "Travolta" which wasn't very go od, and was way better in the sound check.

They did three encores. The first consisted of "Backstrokin" and "The Secret Song" after "Stress in the Jaw" on the album. (you know Grandpa Simpson voice). Bar once again played drums. Danny played some keyboards on "Backstrokin" and some other song. The second encore had some Latin cha-cha funk/jazz song.(think Julio Iglesias if he let his hair down ). And then last but not least, a fifteen minute version of "Everyone I Knew in Highschool is Dead",with about two minutes of song and thirteen minutes of noise/ambience. Patton was butchering the sound system with feedback from one of his many microphones.( which were nicely color coded for effects,.... classy).

The show was almost two hours long. Some of the show was plagued by sound problems. "Techno Allah" had many technical difficulties and was sort of sloppy. Trey's keyboard kept going out on him. "Backstrokin" suffered from near inaudible, keyboards and vocals. Saying all that however; It was a good entertaining show for me.

My one beef would be the audience. I'm puzzled by Bungle fans and would like to know what a real one is. I would say about 80% of the crowd was disappointed with this show. I kept hearing people yelling for old stuff. People, Disco Volante is their new album not the debut. I think people don't realize that except for "Travolta", "Stubb( a Dub)", "My Ass is on Fire" and "Dead Goon", all the songs on their debut are at least six years old. "Egg" and "Carousel" are eight years old and the latter mentioned are four years old. Do you really figure a band would want to play stuff that old that, that they've probably played a million times? Danny put it perfect in their Warner Biography: "We are perfectly happy to play danceable funk/metal to anyone who was frozen in ice four years ago." The thing is, the band is evolving and progressing and those people who like Bungle because of Faith No More or "Girls of Porn" probably like them for the wrong reasons.

Another thing that bothers me, is people seem to like Mr.Bungle for Mike Patton and not the band itself. Mike is great, but he is not Mr.Bungle. He writes less than half, their lyrics and songs. Don't get me wrong I'm not slamming him or anything, but there is a great multitude of talent in this band that is just more than Mike Patton. In fact, if I go on to prove my point, he is the least musically trained person in the band. I see Bungle( and I think they do ) as an improvisational, experimental, evolving being. And if you're not willing to hear lots of new improvised material at their shows, if you're not willing to listen, here's some good advice....... stay home.

review and bitching by
Rod E. Perez: rodp@citytv.com

Source: CVDB
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