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The Tubes, Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, 16th December 2004

70's Punk Rockers The Tubes are back with a bang, and with a stage show to end all stage shows as it were, the old magic has never left this fine band of Americans. With a healthy tour of Europe just finished, the band entertained the sell out capacity crowd to their Wild West Show. Yes, the band were all dressed in cowboy gear, and in true style they opened with Overture, which went straight into Ghost Riders In The Sky. The mobile figure of Fee Waybill complete with ghost mask entered the stage to much applause. From this moment on you could tell it was to be a great night, and the band did not disappoint the crowd at all.

Onto their own material, songs such as What Do You Want From Life?, T.V Is King, Talkin' To The Moon, Tip Of My Tongue, No Way Out and Stand Up And Shout just flowed through the venue.  No Tubes show is not complete without the chainsaw, and sure enough, Fee carved a cow to bits on stage. Then the manic frontman put on the hide from the cow plus the head too and carried on singing! We had the classic Beatles song I Saw Her Standing There, which was a minor hit on these shores for The Tubes a few years ago, and of course everyone in the venue knew the words and joined in!

This was a great performance and stage show, and it will remain in my thoughts for a long time to come. The legendary Tubes anthem White Punks On Dope ended the set, with Fee in the blonde wig and make-up, and for good measure, Mondo Bondage was one of the encores. As before, The Tubes have been around for thirty years, but on tonight's showing, they look and perform to their limits, and it seems they will return to Europe very soon.

Danny Mayo



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