The lights would dim and a giant LCD
screen ran various images from Devo's past as they kicked things off
with “Don't Shoot (I'm A Man)” from their latest album Something For Everybody.
Donning their newish gray suits and masks, Mark Mothersbaugh acted out
the lyrics of the song while commanding the attention from the adoring
eyes and unveiling them at the right moment while synthesizers swooned
in the background. Gerald Casale took over lead vocals for “What We Do”
as the band discarded their masks. Dipping back to their new album,
“Fresh” sounded fantastic with its sawtooth synthesizers coordinated to a
pulsating light show. Devo always put on a combined visual and auditory
assault when they play live.
“Girl U Want” and “Whip It” firmly solidified the audiences rapt
attention as Devo had the Grove in the palm of their hands. After the
spacey sounds of “Planet Earth,” a quick costume change had Devo back in
their original trademark yellow suits for “(I Can't Get No)
Satisfaction” with Gerald Casale thumping his lefty bass.
Mothersbaugh had his turn on lead vocals for the spy sounding “Secret
Agent Man” while Mark operated on his Moog Voyager synthesizer.
“Uncontrollable Urge” had Devo ripping apart their yellow suits as the
four of them would converge into a diamond shape at the front of the
stage incorporating their slick robotic dance moves.
would return with some pom-poms to cheer on the crowd for “Mongoloid.”
The energy at the Grove continued to surge during “Jocko Homo” as they
tossed their work suits into the crowd with Mark jumping down into the
pit to make the die hard fans sing along with him. My personal highlight
of the evening was “Smart Patrol/Mr.DNA” as it features some of their
more adventurous synthesizer work and noisy guitar solo outro.
Of Steel” seemed to invigorate the fans in front of me to whip out
their air guitars and mosh around in a circle. It was a fitting way to
end their main set. “Corporate Video Anthem” soon transitioned into a
rousing version of “Freedom of Choice” which featured yet another
costume change by band. Devo have always been ahead of the curve and
they aren't going away anytime soon. Devolution is real!
A wide range of fans young and old with their red and blue energy
domes. Devo is one of the few bands you can wear their t-shirt to their
show and not feel stupid.