Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
“Could it be true? Revolution Hall is going to be rocking like in its heyday?” That was the predominant thought likely rattling in the minds of those walking into Revolution Hall on the chilly Friday eve before Christmas Eve. With Super 400 headlining a triple bill – also featuring the Charlie Watts Riots and Fort Rooster – to ring out 2011 and stock the shelves of a local food food bank, the answer was a resounding yes!
Sure, the interior of Revolution Hall had changed quite a bit since its jarring transition to a special events venue, but the vibe before Super 400 went on was one of intense anticipation and good will. Once on stage, the finest rock trio on the scene today ripped into “Needle Down” from their recent masterpiece “Sweet Fist” and never let up. A pair of songs from “3 and the Beast” – “Push Back Now” and “It’s Gonna Burst” – realigned the shockras of everybody from the floor to the balconies, while “Green Grass End” had many singing along to its irresistible chorus. Bassist Lori Friday took the lead vocals on the funky original “Flashlight,” and “On Fire” had folks out on the dance floor.