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The Lemonheads.........poor Evan Dando hasn't stood the test of time

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queenrollo Wed 23-Jul-08 14:34:21

I saw The Lemonheads at a small festival last weekend............i have loved and adored Evan Dando from afar for many years now.
This gig however was a shambles and the man is a shadow of his former self. In fact he was doing a pretty good impression of a teenager going through the motions of doing something they really don't want to do. He didn't move, other than to walk off stage (which he did twice during the set).

I feel quite sad for him, he is obviously struggling in some capacity....whether he's ill or back on the drugs i don't know......sad

on the upside Frank Turner and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly were absolutely fab!!

southeastastra Wed 23-Jul-08 14:36:30

poor bloke, he was lovely

hellish Wed 23-Jul-08 14:37:10

oh no queenrollo, I have loved ED for years too, bad news that he's not on good form.

Shh but there's someone on MN who has had a thing with him.

serenity Wed 23-Jul-08 14:37:41

Oh dear, I'm going to see them play a festival on Sunday (not headlining luckily, the awesome Ash are doing that) and that sounds pretty sad. He's had some rough times with drugs hasn't he? I thought he'd got past that now sad

Botbot Wed 23-Jul-08 14:37:55

How sad - he was such a GOD at one point.

Very minor claim to fame: I sat at the next table to him backstage at Reading one year. Was overcome with excitement. He was SO gorgeous.

(didn't talk to him, obviously).

queenrollo Wed 23-Jul-08 14:39:34

we were supposed to see them at a very small warm up gig in Oxford the night before and got to the pub to find a notice on the door saying it had been cancelled because Evan had missed his plane.......which in view of his performance on the Saturday was probably code for 'he was too wrecked to get on the plane'
(and we'd travelled 150 miles too, so not best pleased with that!)

ahhhhh Evan in the early 90's..........dreamy

queenrollo Wed 23-Jul-08 14:48:21

i'd say the first 30 mins were ok......they were supposed to be performing the whole of It's A Shame About Ray but didn't....he was throwing in whatever he felt like. They opened with Confetti which is my second favourite song.....and it was good and bouncy. After half an hour he went off stage and the band followed, they came back on he managed to make Being Around sound like a funeral dirge........they did a couple of songs, went off then came back on again. He stumbled his way through Frank Mills.......and he did Different Drum, which he started as if he still loved it, but after the first verse seemed to get bored with it.

Maybe i was unlucky, maybe he really is just poorly and was struggling.

Let us know how they are Serenity......i hope it was a one off........

Oliveoil Wed 23-Jul-08 14:49:30

oh yes, I have snogged this young maaaaan grin

in about 1996 iirc <<casts mind back>>>

he was wearing Kurt Cobain's jumper iirc as well

I have letters he sent me from NY somewhere

[sigh] I used to have such a fun existence, don't times change?

FluffyMummy123 Wed 23-Jul-08 14:50:05

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Oliveoil Wed 23-Jul-08 14:51:48

shock

he was lovely back then (as was I) <<<creak>>

geekgirl Wed 23-Jul-08 14:52:16

oo, I went to school with someone who had snogged ED hmm

Must have been 1993...

I guess he got around! grin

Ledodgy Wed 23-Jul-08 14:53:02

I would

scootermum Wed 23-Jul-08 14:53:12

I saw Ash at z008 and they were very very good.
Shame about Evan Dando..though I always preferred Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam anyway.

ladyhelen2 Wed 23-Jul-08 14:55:21

Queenrollo, were you at Splendour? I saw them too. V disappointed. Although Rufus Wainwright was FAB! Even DS age3 loved him.

queenrollo Wed 23-Jul-08 14:55:23

cod.........he doesn't look like any maths teacher i ever met. If your maths teacher looked like Evan then i am jealous........but not as jealous as i am of Oliveoil

queenrollo Wed 23-Jul-08 14:56:18

Ladyhelen.......no i was at Truck near Oxford, were they bad at Splendour too then?

Botbot Wed 23-Jul-08 14:57:33

OliveOil, and I thought I was impressive for sitting vaguely near him!

envy envy envy

Oliveoil Wed 23-Jul-08 14:59:52

oh, and may I stress the work snog, nothing else occured

just in case you think I am some sort of groupie sort <<<stares at cod>>

we played cd's in my flat with friends, then met up later in the week

then he went back to NY and sent me letters

phoned once

never heard from him again grin

ladyhelen2 Wed 23-Jul-08 15:00:42

Not great at all. No interaction at all with the audience. They just looked like they couldn't be bothered. Evan Dando barely moved through the whole set.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 23-Jul-08 15:00:53

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Oliveoil Wed 23-Jul-08 15:03:06

no!

Ledodgy Wed 23-Jul-08 15:05:06

and then came Noel...so OO did you snort it in a train on a supersonic train rather than a straw? grin

Guadalupe Wed 23-Jul-08 15:05:15

God I loved him

DD got some sweets called lemonheads in a party bag and I was humming 'shame about ray' all day.

Ledodgy Wed 23-Jul-08 15:06:37

*snort it through a cane on a supersonic train I meant!

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