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The Soft Boys
March 19, 2001
Baltimore, MD



Mp3s of most of the tracks from this show are kindly being hosted by Mark IForgetHowToSpellHisLastName (Recording by Larry Tucker).


From Bayard

This show kicked nine kinds of ass.

From Ed Poole

Young Fresh Fellows opened, and were good, but too loud for my taste. I had staked out a spot about 10 feet from the stage, directly under the PA speakers, so I could get a good angle for my video. (which turned out OK, but the sound is kinda distorted because I was so close; also, I ran out of tape at the very end of the set proper, missing all of the encores. In a way, this was a blessing, as I was happy to bounce and dance through Leppo without having to worry about messing up the video). Matthew still looks jetlagged to me, but his playing didn't suffer. Robyn was in fine shape, Kimberly looked to be having a blast, particularly on Sideways and Kennedy, when he really was jamming out pretty ferociously. Morris was solid as always, but didn't seem as jazzed by the experience as Kimberly. The band sounded really tight, Robyn's voice strong, the guitars meshing really nicely. I was really impressed by the new tunes (Pulse, Kennedy & Sudden Town), which make me wonder if this is going to be a continuing venture, rather than a blip in history centered solely on the Moonlight re-release. I don't know, but these guys seem to have a future to me. Although so many of the songs were 21 years old, it didn't sound like a cheap reunion effort (Eagles, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, anyone?), but rather a vibrant and current, powerful band effort. I could definitely see Kimberly sticking it out -- he really was having a great time, relishing even the RH solo tunes (he really rocked out to City of Shame, as natural a SBs tune as any in RH's solo or Egyptians career).

I was struck by the focus on Moonlight-era tunes, which I guess is natural given the lineup and the whole reason for putting this thing together. On the other hand, Human Music in particular was great (perhaps because it is one of the few CoB tunes that sound like the Moonlight version of the band). Leppo was amazing as well, Rhymney sweet and well played, and Airscape was, well, the same as you would expect.

All and all, a very enjoyable show. I'm looking forward to the DC show tomorrow, though I hope my ears have stopped ringing by then.

From Rich Plumb

Spectacular show last night. Drove up with Eddie and Bayard. Met Luther and his brother in the Fletcher's restaurant. We went upstairs after some food and drink and checked things out. Some nice t-shirts for sale.

Young Fresh Fellows came out and rocked for 45 minutes. I'm pretty unfamiliar with them and thought they were great.

Soft Boy finally came out at around 11:30. Yikes it was late. Don't have the setlist, but I think they played all of Underwater Moonlight plus some other stuff like City of Shame and some new material like Mr Kennedy which was great. Their encores included a surprising and sensational version of Airscape along with a couple other new songs.

All in all a great great show. A must see. I knew what I would get from Robyn and Kimberley and they were superlative, but I was especially impressed with the great bass work from Seligman and the great drumming from Morris.

From Melissa

The show was amazing. They played all of Underwater Moonlight i think. Leppo and Jooves, Bells of Rhymney and Airscape. There seemed to be a bit less of the usual in between song chatter. It ws great watching Robyn and Kimberley play together again. I wish I was going to the Philly show tonight but since I have to work today...

Oh yes fashion report
Robyn - black and white checkered shirt
Kimberley - button down with little flowers on it
Matthew - tye die t shirt
Morris - black shirt with 3KNY on it

I'd do a better job but I'm really too tired right now.

From Larry Tucker

Spent last Monday night in the delapidated decor of Fletcher's in Baltimore last night for an absolutely astounding double bill with the Young Fresh Fellows and the Soft Boys. This was one of the best shows I've seen in years!!! This was my first venture to Fletcher's and was surprised to find it so small. What, maybe a 100-125 people?

This was the first night of their tour aside from the SB's brief appearance at SXSW. The YFF were obviously damn near giddy having the opening slot and were EXPLOSIVE with enthusiasm. The band just rocked! They played a pounding 45 minute set and did a nice cover of the Kink's "Picture Book". Most of their songs were from their excellent double release with the Minus 5.

You never know what to expect from reunion tours, but this one was for my own personal record book. Absolutely one of the best shows I have ever witnessed. This was a highly charged show that opened with Robyn welcoming all to the UNDERWATER MOONLIGHT 21st birthday party. And it had that party atmosphere. I though the band was exceptionally loose. You know sometimes you go to some shows where the feeling is just "electric", this was one of them. Most of what they did was from UM of course but they also delved into a few Egyptian and Robyn tunes as well.

Kimberly Rew was so animated I thought he would spontaneously combust. I loved his hearing his "high vocal" accompaniment with Robyn again. I've seen Robyn *many* times, but I've never seen him rock like this. Most of the heavy guitar work was actually footed by Kimberly though. Very psychedelic, very heavy, with Robyn and Kimberly doing dueling leads at times. WOW!, and "The Old Pervert"...intense!

From John I

Great stuff in Baltimore, especially the Kennedy tune which featured some fabulous kim/rob guitar warfare that would make Television proud. Morris looks like a mobster and sings like an angel. Kim is perhaps the most interesting guitar player I've watched in quite some time. He's got the shakes in a good way. Looking forward to DC.

woj <woj@smoe.org>