10-02-04

Charlatan 16-jan-04: review JL (part 1)

It is friday. An atmosphere of anticipation and wonder hangs over the great city of Ghent and its many towers and spires. The camera slowly zooms in on a club called "Charlatan" as the source of this anticipation becomes clear. A long line - well perhaps not so long, but it was definitely a line - of Boo! fans is gathered at the entrance, ready and eager to pay a small fee in order to be able to witness on of the last wonders of our world, which is that fundamentally fabulous fantasy known as Boo! We zoom in on little old me - after all, this is my review, isn't it - as I enter the club - not too early, as it turns out, because as I pass through the gates - allright, allright, the DOOR...why can't I call it the gates...honestly, some people... Anyway, as I passed through the DOOR, I heard the dulcid tones of the opening act. Ladies and gentlemen, it was a revelation, it was as if I entered a new world. Perhaps not the world I was expecting, but a Brave-New-World it was. I was brave...the world was new. It was the world of two Japanese - okay let's call them rocksingers - known as Yumi Yumi. Okay, to be fair, they didn't sound all that bad, but their look left something to be desired. I was deeply impressed however, with their drummer. It was black, box-shaped, quite small and had lots of nice little levers, knobs and dials. Yes, my children, it was the first gig of the Amazing Automatic Percussionist. For those that have read the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, I think there was a small imp inside drumming his little demonic heart out. But soon, it was blissfully over, and there appeared on the stage those Masters of Monki Punk, the Lords of the Stage, The Marquis of Mesmeration:
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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Charlatan 16-jan-04: review JL (part 2)

And what a show is was, dear children, what a show it was. The playlist was an overview of Boo!'s entire career, with some songs seldom heard on gigs and even a brand new one. Chris Chameleon looked absolutely stunning in black. I thought he looked somewhat tired, but he belied my sentiments with his performance. He was as energetic as ever, and his vocal chords were definitely unscathed. I still believe Chris has several sets of vocal chords, because there is no way a single chord can produce such a broad spectrum of sound. Towards the end of the gig, Chris' fatigue apparently got the better of him and the band had to skip to the last number. Chris, if you read this: congrats! You were amazing. Boo to the power infinity to you! But let us not forget the Blonde Bombshell Ampie Omo. This tour has him clad in colourful fabrics and, given his exceptional height, actually looking like a six feet tall blond Wookiee in clown gear. He didn't hit the triangle with a buttering knife this time, but man, he was an awesome sight. He jumbed back and forth on the stage, singing, smiling, playing a gazillion instruments at once, and thoroughly enjoying himself as ever. Amazing, truly amazing. And then there was Boney Leonie, dressed in what was probably Gaudi's idea of how a cyclist should be clad. I have never seen so many colours in one outfit, but hey, as for Leonie's and Ampie's, it worked! There is an amazing thing that happens when Boney L is drumming. He moves his drumsticks so fast across his instrument (oh, you dirty minds!) that the speed of the tip of the sticks actually approaches licht speed. This, completely according to Einstein's law of Relativity, actually creates ripples in the fabric of timespace, and when you see him playing, what you actually see is the previous or the next gig, depending on which direction the stick moves. If Stephen Hawking ever saw him play, he'd have a fit. All to soon, it was over, and I was yanked back into this dimension. Booo-hooo-hooo!
See you all in Scherpenheuvel!
Jan Lissens

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09-02-04

Charlatan 16-jan-04

Ampie Omo, and my little Nadi ... Daydreaming I guess. But she's still my champion, and my compagnon!
At this moment, Nadi does some voluntary work at Aran Islands (Ireland), but she's coming over in March to watch Boo! live at Louvain-La-Neuve.

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Beating the monkey on the right in a Boo!-contest !!! Or just yin yang? Let's say, wannabe punk :o)

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Singer-songwriter Chris Chameleon sings a four (!) octave range from painful melancholy to raging power to boisterous delight, often within a single song. Plucking his bass with a style as unique as his outrageous wardrobe, his enigmatic stage presence is spellbinding to even the most cynical audience.


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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Chris Chameleon wants some "Boooohhs"!!!!!

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Chris Chameleon, watch out for the monkey...

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Boney Leonie generates the percussive energy that fuels this extravaganza. His wildly-rocking, left-handed drumming explodes with a playfulness and power that defy convention.


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Boney Leonie, at least the socks aren't fluorescent, but... oh boy...

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Boney Leonie, wake up!

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Monkey is right...

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Ampie Omo, multi-talented trumpeter, trombonist, keyboardist, percussionist and backing vocalist, sets the stage alight, flying from instrument to instrument with irresistible charm and infectious joy.


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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Ampie asleep or just mad at 'triangel'?

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Ampie at work

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Chris Chameleon in the spotlight, but I guess Ampie Omo prefers the red light district?! ;-)

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Charlatan 16-jan-04

Chris Chameleon and Ampie Omo: euh... find the 7 differences!

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See you next time guys!

Next time in Belgium:

Wed 17 - Universatil, Louvain-la-Neuve

Sat 20 - Den Hemel, Scherpenheuvel-Zichem

Mon 29 - Ekerse Theaterzaal, Ekeren

 


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