Grenoble ’88

On May 19th ’88 FZ played Le Summum, Grenoble, France. Here’s Part One of the show, once again reaffirming my love for the wonderful ’88 band. Thanks Gilles!

Edit: For those who doubt this gig actually took place, here’s the ticket stub to prove it.

5 Responses to “Grenoble ’88”

  1. centralscrew10iser says:

    Barry, this is listed in the gig guide as unknown set list. I guess it can be updated now. Thanks for another great show

  2. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    cs: yes, I checked and noticed the same thing. The entry has been updated, thanks. :)

  3. Balint says:

    Here’s a review of this show:

    May 19, 1988 Grenoble

    Judging from the reviews I’ve received, it seems that the run of shows in Spain and France is the lowpoint of a generally excellent May ’88. However, Grenoble may be the best of this stretch. After a “Black Page” opener featuring the MAJNH solo (I can hardly imagine what the selection process must have been like for a cut like this), we get a reminder that the Trouble/Penguin/Hotel medley has changed in Europe from filler into an improvisational highlight, thanks to the 13 vamp in “Trouble,” FZ’s decision to vary things by letting Keneally take the “Penguin” break, and the dependably bizarre “Hotel” outings. Tonight’s Secret Word (“hoop,” later mutating into “poop”), apparently derives from a botched cue in “Penguin” just before the “hoop of real fire” line.

    After a Secret Word-enhanced “Cosmik Debris,” the “Dupree’s”/”Cleveland” combo gives the expected supply of jazzy energy. (Another reason why this month is ahead of the others.) FZ’s “Cleveland” break is one of the most substantial (or, at least, one of the longest) of ’88. The rest of the set benefits from several unusual choices – “Filthy Habits,” “Chawna” (wild sax solo), and the ’88 debut of the old Tinseltown Rebellion fave “Easy Meat.” FZ’s solos on this last number never compete with the old versions, but the horns sound great in the “classical” section. “King Kong” offers a good Bruce solo and an extended episode of percussion/sound effect jamming, getting some nice musical textures out of the familiar array of samples before moving on to “Sharleena.”

    The one surprise in the encores (strangely, “Stairway To Heaven” is almost completely cut on my recording) is another free-standing FZ solo over a loop. This time, the mood he sets up is more easygoing, sort of a warmup to the “Star Wars Won’t Work” solo but in major rather than minor. Fun show.

    – PB”

    From here.

  4. Spy says:

    Balint,
    If your Stairway was cut, I think I know who you got your tape from. A friend of mine who taped the show ‘and several others) and who was bored to death with that cover. He stopped taping. Strange, huh ?

  5. Spy says:

    Balint,
    If your Stairway was cut, I think I know who you got your tape from. A friend of mine who taped the show ‘and several others) and who was bored to death with that cover. He stopped taping. Strange, huh ?
    BTW could somebody put the first part of Grenoble back online, I didn’t get it ..

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