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Evan Dando live at the Fleadh Festival, London- 16th June 2001

Review by Alex Gerrard

 

Evan Dando and the Lemonheads epitomised alternative rock when I was 14 and 15. It’s a shame about Ray, which I listened to for the first time in ages not long ago, strikes me as near a perfect 14 song, 35 minute sonic explosion as has ever been recorded. The band’s cover of "Mrs. Robinson" confirmed that in the early 1990s, as in the mid-1960s, that we were still all looking for Joe DiMaggio.

Since then, Dando has shed the Lemonheads, now playing an acoustic set with only one other (guitar-playing) musician on-stage. Dando’s voice maintains that slacker beauty. He played numerous Lemonheads tunes, including "Confetti", "Rudderless", "It’s a shame a about Ray" and "Big gay heart". Dando’s acoustic strumming was made all the more remarkable by intermittent electric outbursts which animated the tunes to an incredible extent. The guy was amazing and, judging by the new tunes played, his new record will reward those who have waited five years for a new record. It should be mentioned that Dando does not at present have a record deal and graciously asked the crowd whether any of them could hook him up. All very amusing, but this man deserves a record deal.


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