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Concert Fri Jul 16 2010

Review: Hole & Foxy Shazam @ The Vic 7/15/10

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Courtney enjoys a smoke on stage (photo by Andy Keil)

Back when I was 15, I caught Hole live for what ended up being the second concert I had ever attended. Back then, there were more chicks in the band, Courtney Love played the entire set topless, and a rude attendee in a Nirvana t-shirt spent the entire time heckling the band. Eleven years later Hole stopped by the Vic in support of their new album Nobody's Daughter, and Courtney was just as rambunctious, worn out Nirvana tees still proved to be a popular wardrobe choice, and the band was slightly more clothed. Having heard some not so great reviews of Hole's recent shows in other cities, I wasn't expecting much, but Courtney remained surprisingly lucid and on-point throughout the night.

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Eric Sean Nally of Foxy Shazam (photo by Andy Keil)

To start off the night, Cincinatti-based glam rock band Foxy Shazam took the stage donning fur and sequins. Wearing what he deemed his "Jim Henson coat", singer Eric Sean Nally began the show by screaming into the mic, "I'm a stupid white guy and I ain't got no soul, but that is why I rock, and that is why I roll." Between their ridiculous stage banter, gyrating on the mic stands and jumping on their instruments, this band teeters the line between tongue-in-cheek and just plain idiotic, however it all just adds to the spectacle that is Foxy Shazam. While they may be more than slightly contrived, they put on one of the most entertaining stage shows I've seen in a long time.

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Piano player Sky White of Foxy Shazam (photo by Andy Keil)

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Courtney Love (photo by Andy Keil)

Hole came on stage fashionably late to a crowd who had started to get restless and angry, but the second Courtney picked up her guitar, any ill-will was immediately forgotten. With her signature leg on amp stance, the band opened with a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" before segueing into the ferocious "Skinny Little Bitch". Of course, Courtney couldn't come to Chicago without taking a few jabs at Billy Corgan. This time around, she only referred to him as "a native of your city", first explaining that the song "Violet" was written about Billy, then frequently alluding to the controversy behind his amount of input on Celebrity Skin and eventually calling him "a very talented boy". Toward the middle of the set, Courtney announced she didn't have a set list planned and was open for requests. After some consultation with the front of the crowd, the band settled on Celebrity Skin classic "Awful" before charging through several new songs, many of which Courtney admitted she had written in rehab.

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Bras (and more) fly onstage for Courtney (photo by Andy Keil)

Throughout the show, zealous fans had been throwing their bras (and one pair of boxers) on stage to Courtney so that by the time the band came out for an encore, she had amassed at least 25 bras of various patterns, which she hung from her mic stand. She sauntered out on stage, now wearing only lingerie and a robe, and made her way through "Malibu" and "Boys on the Radio" then slowed it down for an acoustic rendition of "Northern Star" and a cover of Big Star's "Thirteen". Because Hole is nearing the end of their tour, Courtney decided to play an extended encore, which ended up being almost as long as the original set. Before each song, she announced it would be the last, but kept playing song after song regardless until she finally exited the stage, leaving behind a heap of audience members' undergarments.

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Hole's drummer as seen through Courtney's ever-bent leg. (photo by Andy Keil)

 
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R Grish / July 16, 2010 8:56 PM

As a Foxy fan I enjoyed their short set, short so that Courtney/Hole could finish up before 11:30. Just as the first night went, she was not fashionably late but "rude" late. An 1:15 after their equipment was set up was obnoxious, then to have to et the house rocking with a cover of "Sympathy for the Devil"..what?, no original music to help the crowd forget they've been standing around for 3 hours to see her. Lucky for us we thought Foxy Shazam was worth the ticket.

Maddy H / July 16, 2010 9:15 PM

I agree with R Grish. There was nothing "fashionable" about how late Hole was. There was no rhyme or reason to it, and two nights in a row she was late. I came the second night to give Courtney a second chance, and she blew it for me. Foxy Shazam, on the other hand, was "punctual". They were just as crazy and rambunctious as Courney Love, only there punctuality made it enjoyable. It was a very entertaining and unpredictable show from Foxy Shazam. Hole was repetitive and predictable in every sense. I'm now a religious follower of Foxy Shazam and proud of it.

Bones / July 17, 2010 12:04 AM

I don't usually believe in walking out of concerts mid-set because it's so rude, but if I had to hear Courtney Love yell another song, I was going to rupture a blood vessel. Foxy, on the other hand, made the whole thing worthwhile. I hope these guys are making music for years to come.

Stephanie Griffin / July 17, 2010 1:32 AM

Are you three the family that was decked out in Foxy gear standing behind me in line before the show?

Ryan Sandefur / July 19, 2010 11:04 AM

Hole was incredible. Yes, the wait was a bit extreme, but whatever. She more than made up for it with her extended encore and her taking requests to do all the classics. She didn't miss one single and she was not only witty and enchanting, but all in all outstanding. If you went to a Hole concert and didn't expect Courtney Love to scream during her music, then you probably should've listened better to her albums and heard that that's part of her music. I'm sorry, the three spazzes who are on here Courtney bashing are Foxy Shazam fans, not Hole fans, and spent the entire concert pouting once Foxy left the stage (thank god!).

sydney / July 19, 2010 11:10 AM

They came late to the show in Minneapolis as well. I was really pissed off at courtney.... oh well. Foxy was great!!

Meghan / July 20, 2010 11:22 AM

I had been waiting 12 years to see hole/courtney in person & now that i have, all of my 14 year old self's dreams have been realized. just like the review said, we were all getting impatient & angry waiting for courtney but the second she appeared on stage, all was forgiven. she was everything i had ever imagined. she was charming & funny & everyone who talks shit about her is wrong & you would know if you would see her live.

Chris Faulkner / July 28, 2010 12:23 PM

Better than ever..... Yes the fashionably late Courtney Love was a little long but after the strang(not it a kool way) peformance of Foxy Shzame Hole should have opend with Awful because that was what Foxy was.. But when Hole hit the stage it was a none stop Courtney peformance till the end and then after that Courtney gave one of the best encore peformance I have ever seen..... I flew from Alabama to Chicago to see Hole a second time in 12 years and would walk every step if had to, too see Hole preform like that again......

Alex Jones / May 31, 2011 1:11 AM

It seems as if all these comments are bashing either "Hole" or "Foxy Shazam". I have not seen Hole live, but I just saw Foxy Shazam tonight, and by god, they put on a hell of a good show. I love Foxy, so of course I'll be leaning on their side if this were truly a debate, unfortunatly, it's all a matter or opinion. I personally think Foxy Shazam is amazing, but others, Chris Faulkner, would say otherwise. From what I've gathered, Hole's Courtney Love was late to almost every show on that tour, which I'd say, is a terrible move. Where as Foxy has gone far out of their way to ensure they're not only there on time, but able to set up, and play within ten minutes upon their feet hitting the stage. Now, ultimatly, the music is what counts here, so from that point on is all opinion. Foxy played an encore song from their first album tonight because they wanted to, not because they felt they had to. I know, this is out of date, but I saw all these comments, and they irritated me, so I thought I'd speak up.

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