Posted in music | pictures on November 23, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Devo

Devo performed two nights in a row at Irving Plaza in NYC over the weekend. And like they did on their whole current tour, they played a diffferent full album each night. Not coincdentally, those two albums were both just reissued as deluxe editions and just in time for the holidays...

Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Freedom of Choice Deluxe Editions
Depending on who you ask, art-rock godfathers Devo are either one of the greatest and most innovative bands of all time, or just one of New Wave's most memorable one-hit wonders. Both camps will be satisfied with the band's reissues of the two records that best of exemplify both aspects of their legacy--their quirky 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and 1980's classic Freedom of Choice. The cherry on top: a "Mongoloid"/"Jocko Homo" 7-inch that accompanies the limited edition color vinyl version of ...Are We Not Men?. [Nashville Scene]
Friday night was the Are We Not Men show. Saturday was Freedom of Choice. Full review from both days, and pictures from the first night, coming shortly. More pictures from the second night (they changed outfits to match the album), below...

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Comments (27)

MEHp it good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:25 PM

Who is drumming for Devo nowadays?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:28 PM

a bunch of dorks went to this show

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:36 PM

the band looks sooooo bored

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:39 PM

i fell asleep looking at these photos

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:44 PM

How are you going to hate on these mother fuckers?

Devo were great both nights. Tighter and more energetic than bands a quarter their age.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM

I heard Bill Nye got kicked out before the show even started.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:03 PM

WORRST SHOW EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

OLD FARTS! I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:21 PM

old ppl

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM

Great show. But only an hour? Rip off.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:34 PM

Devo has become Devo. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:42 PM

Devo were great both nights in DC. Did anybody dance at these shows? Any moshing during Mongoloid?

Posted by ihatehipsterscum | November 23, 2009 5:05 PM

The crowd made this show terrible, you couldn't move anywhere or see anything. Had to listen in the hallway. Got to meet Moby who was walking around, no one noticed because everyone there looked like Moby.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 5:24 PM

devo made 'my sharona' back in the day right?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 5:29 PM

anybody have the setlist? unless the album is all they played.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 7:16 PM

grandpa, i want my $ back.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 9:22 PM

Oh god noooooo...My Sharona was by The Knack back in 1979.

You've got Wiki...use it. :-)

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 5:48 AM

These pictures made me feel sad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 10:15 AM

glad i didn't go to either show. waste of money

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 2:00 PM

Ha! I'm the guy in the Energy Dome and Suit Jacket! Found you!

Awesome shows, both nights!

Posted by Richard Anderson | November 24, 2009 4:59 PM

A little expensive for this show.

Mark is a Subgenius if that rings anybodies bell who has a sense of well rounded humor and understanding real history.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 1:28 AM

Agreed. Overpriced show. Wouldn't go. Love their music though. Devo made their record sales cash before the Internet. I feel like a lot of older bands try to cash in with their tours. Quality aside, why is a Devo show cost more than say M83 or Dead Weather or any number of bands?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 9:26 AM

Musically, it was a great show. Devo played very well, and it is a great album, so...pictures will tell you nothing. They are fat middle aged men in energy domes, what else do you need to know?
But the show was excellent, aside from being unacceptably short for the money paid to see it.

The drummer is Josh Freese, who used to play in Nine Inch Nails. He was fine, but Alan Myers, Devo's real drummer, was missed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2009 12:58 AM

Woooooooooooow

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Posted by theumpteenthtimes | December 15, 2009 3:43 PM

If they told you you'd like it, and you paid money for it and didn't like it, then Mission Accomplished for DEVO. J.R. "Bob" Dobbs would agree.

... and in the article, to even think that they were "one hit wonders" means you only bothered to listen to one song. Just because the masses didn't buy it does not mean it was not good. In fact, quite the opposite. Rock on Devo.

Posted by Kevin F. | December 20, 2009 11:26 AM

Devo rocked, the crowd sucked!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:39 PM

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