Bumbershoot 2015 Recap - Sunday


Photo: Paul Moseley

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By Rod Moody

Sunday began with my first Memorial Stadium show of Bumbershoot 2015 - Dead Moon! The legendary Portland band have been with us since 1987 churning out the killer lo-fi garage-punk that stands the test of time. Married for nearly 50 years, Fred & Toody Cole formed Dead Moon with drummer Andrew Loomis and amassed a worldwide cult following thanks to constant touring and making records on Fred’s own vintage record lathe. The band split up in 2006 and Fred & Toody formed Pierced Arrows, but Dead Moon has recently come out of retirement for the occasional show, minus drummer Loomis, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Fred Cole has had his share of health issues as well, including open heart surgery last year, and unfortunately, we were reminded of this on Sunday.

Dead Moon hit the stage at Bumbershoot kicking ass and taking names on “Goddamn I Hate The Blues,” “54/40 Or Fight,” “Walking On My Grave” and a few more, when it appeared that Fred was having difficulty trying to take off his guitar. Toody was speaking to the crowd at the time and looked over at him, concerned. Fred managed to remove his guitar, but immediately sunk to his knees, then to all fours. Toody explained to the crowd that “Fred is feeling really sick,” and apologized that they had to cut the show short, before she and drummer Kelly Halliburton helped Fred off the stage. He was taken to the hospital with “heart complications.” Toody posted the following message on the Dead Moon Facebook page last night: “"just talked with the hospital & Fred is doing well, so they took him out of intensive care & up to a regular room. Couple more tests before they decide what needs to be done. Thanks for all your love & support"

We wish Fred & Toody all the best.


Dead Moon - Photo: Rod Moody


Dead Moon - Photo: Rod Moody

From one legend to the next, we scampered up to the Starbucks stage, where Lee “Scratch” Perry was working his magic on the large crowd. The 79-year-old dub master, backed by his rock-solid new band, the Subatomic Sound System, sported a glorious outfit and a red-dyed beard as he waved incense sticks and showed the adoring audience that he still possessed everything that’s needed to mesmerize. Good stuff.

We took an early dinner break from the action and returned to Memorial Stadium for a kick-ass set by the mighty Social Distortion. This was the first time I’d seen them, and despite hearing rumblings about how they were past their prime, I thought they delivered the goodies and then some. Apparently Lori from Babes In Toyland, The White Buffalo, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready all felt the same way, as they were hanging in the VIP area for the whole hour-plus set.


Social Distortion - Photo: Paul Moseley


Social Distortion - Photo: Paul Moseley


Social Distortion - Photo: Paul Moseley

   
Social Distortion fans - Photos: Paul Moseley


Social Distortion fans - Photo: Paul Moseley

We then took an unplanned detour to the #Nevertamed stage, and caught a few songs by the Punch Brothers, who were one of the high points of the entire festival. You know that great moment when an unfamiliar band blows you away? This was it. Consisting of a mandolinist, fiddle player, banjo player, guitarist and stand-up bassist, this Brooklyn band crosses genres as easily as a chicken crossed the road, blending bluegrass, classical, country. and rock, with a few other tricks mixed in. Their musical chops are amazing, as are their harmonies. I will definitely catch a full set next time they come to town.

Up, down, up, down we went again to the Memorial Stadium, where the entire stage was now covered with elaborate floral displays, perhaps to soften the blow to be dealt when Faith No More took to the stage. FNM were a favorite of mine back in the “We Care A Lot” days when they were fronted by Chuck Mosley and used to open shows with a scorching version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” I’m probably one of the few fans who didn’t care for Mosley’s replacement, Mike Patton, and, as I found out Sunday, I still don’t. They look sharp in their matching white outfits, and the flowers were lovely, but Patton just annoys me, and his presence alone would not allow me to enjoy the music - even if it was good.


Faith No More - Photo: Tina Anderson

I was bailed out of Faith No More prison by the lovely Neko Case, who, decked out in a neon safety vest and glittery silver pants, closed out Saturday at the #Nevertamed stage. My buddy could not believe I had never seen Neko, and promised goosebumps on my arm by the middle of the first song. He was right. Such an incredible voice! And to double the pleasure, Neko’s redheaded stepsistah Rachel Flotard (Visqueen) provided exquisite harmonies and hilarious stage patter during the entire set. I’m embarrassed to say I'm not very familiar with Neko’s songs, so I can’t tell you what she played (except for "Man"), but she looked awesome, sang awesome, and her band was awesome as well. Woot!


Neko Case - Photo: Rod Moody


Neko Case - Photo: Rod Moody