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8- IJitCE Wednesday, November 11, 1981 ------------------------~---------------fine arts Blackfoot unorganized and disappointing By Greg Vance Fine Arts Editor I don't want . to appear too naive, but this being only my second concert , I was a bit taken aback at the Oct. 30th Blackfoot- /Del Leppard concert in the fieldhouse. J\irst of all, I was made to open my coat and pull it up in the back to show the authorities (cops in all their glory), that I was carrying no weapons, drugs or fireworks. Now, I went in all my glory too (pseudo-military, fatigues) and if I had had the 4 inspiration to transport in those large side pockets a .357 mag- num, a brick of hash, or a neu- _ The band Blackfoot. From left to right: Rick Medlocke, lead guitar and vocals, Jakson Spires, drums, Charlie Hargrett. lead and rhythm guitars, and Greg T. Walker, bass guitar and vocals. · tron-bomb, I could have done it. As it happens , the only thing I had on me was a large knife (through advice of a friend), but the last word andrea dixon There it is, right in the middle of your favorite Gomer Pyle rerun. A commercial . You think \Aha! My chance to get rootb- eer and do my homework.\ You give a final contemptuous glance at the screen, then stop cold. The man sits on a taxi hood in -Brooklyn . He holds a container of yogurt . You get a closeup of his spoon, overflowing with the pink stuff. He eats it, speaks French, you're in love, he's gone . You start for the rootbeer . \F orget the homework ,\ you think , \ No time now. \ But wait! Another commercial! It's a quiz show. An excited couple cling to one another. \Ho w many calories does this role of Lifesavers have?\ the host asks. Your thoughts whirl. \H ow many? How many?\ You 're on the edge of your seat. \20? 246? 910?\ . \Less than ... 10 each?\ The woman is nervous. \Yes! Yes!\ The host cries. Bells ring, confetti is thrown. You leap to your feet, shouting approval and encoura- gement.\Yea! Yea!\ . [5-] ~ ~~~~· ~(Jx; t::J~~. ~· v'lf. rtJ' ·~ ~ ~e~.~~ '\<:) .. '\ . . ' . .. , ... Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Now youre hooked. The next is a plug for Love Boat. \Julie falls in love with Erik Estrada, but who ' s leaving tfiose teeth marks all over her perky little body? And a couple who meet on board decide not to have sex until the second date . Vicky de- cides to act her age, not her shoe size, Gopher finds his brain, and Captain Stubbing loses his tan overboard! '' Now it's a Mexican University . A student and his parents stroll along the grounds . He's away from home possibly for the first time, but they do not speak of old times, of new adventures , _ for they have a much more im- - portant topic of conversation - diarrhea . He's passed his diar- rhea test. He carries Pepto-Bis- mal with him everywhere he goes . He'll name his first born Pepto-Bismal. Pepto-Bismal Smith . The father is embarressed. You can't help falling into hys- terics. You wipe tears of joy and delight from your eyes . \Re-joice! Re-joice!\ Gomer returns, but the exqui- site beauty , the joy, the art, and the pain have been a part of , will stay with you always. Roger Ingersoll -~ Blaine'sA - ~Auto ~>C ,J ,~ -~~ .- Repair ~ .... 2100 W. Sussex 728-2757 W\llllllllllllllll1 I GET GASSED AT . ~ ~r~~~~~~~~~·~~~~~~ .... I UNIVERSITY I - I GAS ~ ~ 5th and Higgins -1 .... 11111111111~~ tLF SERVE- LOW PRICES 1 .. . . ~11'11111111....1 s• REGULAR ~ I• UNLEADED i I· PREMIUM I ~·POP I 5• CANDY SNACKS 1 ~FIIIIIIII.I'. I CIGARETTES ss• -~ ~ .. 11111111~ they never even gave me a sec- ond glance . Don ' t get me wrong, I wouldn't want a maniac in the fieldhouse - with a gun, but the authorities, if they wanted to carefully insure a safe evening for concert goers, could have been a little more careful. · Next, I've never seen so many zoned people _ in all my life. A lot of them were in costume, which · only served to further confuse the situation. Then the English band Def Leppard made its exciting en- trance. I couldn't'figure out the title of the first song (thanks to the fieldhouse's notorious acous- tics), but I then realized that I was in for an evening of hard rock music. The group's lead singer screamed at the audience - something like \We just got back from a gig in Denver, and they made a hell of a lot more noise than you do! \ The bottom line is, I liked Def Leppard. I really liked Def Lep- pard. I didn't think I would at -first, because I really couldn't hear much of the vocals over the screaming guitar, but after the initial loudness of the music was overcome, Def Leppard was a good show. During the intermission, I took the opportunity to observe more concert goers . I saw a Ma- rine, countless cats and punk rockers, and one thing that I · wasn ' t sure what it was. Only a few minutes later, The American Indian Band, Black- . foot took the stage . And to tell the tru1h, they weren't near as enjoyable to watch and listen to as the warm-up band. Rick Med- locke's vocals were too harsh in places and too weak in others. All Charlie Hargrett did was to point at the audience, nod his head in a menacing way, and every once in a while pick a note on his guitar. Blackfoot's best song was \Rattlesnake Rocker\. But the rest of their concert had no orga- nization between band mem- bers. They seemed to almost for- get some of the songs. And they weren't nearly as visually electri- fying as Def Leppard. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I give the Blackfoot/Del Leppard a 6. Mainly because it just could have been better. However,' if you're ever bored at a concert, try watching some of the patrons , Sometimes they are more interesting than the main attraction. Congratulations Knights on your victory over Columbia Falls. For all your photo needs see