I went to The Magic Bag last night w/ Georgina & Stacey. There were 4 bands on the bill, but we arrived to see only the very end of The Offramps' set. If they were anything like the 2nd or 3rd bands though, I'm fine w/ missing them. net up was Van Go Go featuring the vocalist & guitarist from South Normal. I kinda dug SN when I saw them last year, but Van Go Go annoyed me. Particularly the bassist & his ridiculous theatrics... jumping around & posing like Duff McKagen. The lyrics left a bit to be desired too w/ songs like
"Hello ladies and gentlemen Hello ladies and gentlemen Hello ladies and gentlemen Are you ready to rock?"
In a later song, they claimed to have "sold their soul to rock & roll," I think they got a bum deal on that one. they should have held out for better lyrics. After a short break, The Grand Nationals played & again, I was left unimpressed. The band was much tighter than Van Go Go, but the singer was shit. Dancin' around w/ his mic stand... I've never really liked vocalists who don't play instruments. Pick up a tambourine or some maracas or something. Maybe an acoustic guitar or a harmonica. Something. Between the 2 bands, is was like both of Guns & Roses' clown shoes. Aside from posing w/ the mic stand, there was also a lot of yelling @ the audience & giving us the finger. he had the attitude of John Lyden but it didn't fit w/ their pop-rock sound. The guy w/ Robert Smith hair on guitar was a bit odd too. If the bands were to trade vocalists, between the 2 of them, I think they could make 1 good band.Finally, Whitey Morgan & the Waycross Georgia Farmboys (or whatever the hell they're calling themselves this week) came out & did their sweet, sweet drunken country thing. I hadn't seen them since June & they're doing a lot more originals now. They opened w/ "Honky Tonk Heroes," & then went into a couple of their own tunes. The new ones are really good. Other covers included "Long Haired Country Boy," "Runnin' w/ the Devil," "I'm on Fire," & "You Can Have Her." It was a super-tight set, but it could've been a bit longer. They finished up just after 1:00 which was nice though because I was able to get to bed @ a decent time. It was also the 1st time I've remained sober throughout an entire WM show which was a nice change of pace. All in all, it would have been nice if there had been 1 less band on the bill & Whitey was able to start earlier.