FU MANCHU @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and words by Debi Del Grande
There is nothing like being whiplashed by frontman Scott Hill’s hair as he stands at the edge of the stage, thrashing his locks around like a mighty wave while shredding. The entire crowd at the sold out Troubadour show felt it one way or another and took the ride.
Southern California’s own Fu Manchu is celebrating their 25th anniversary and touring worldwide. We at The Troubadour, however, were very lucky to hear King of the Road in its entirety along with a set of classics. Along with original member Hill, longtime members Brad Davis (bass/vox), Bob Balch (guitar/vox), and drummer extraordinaire Scott Reeder created a massive breaker effect and swallowed us whole.
Fu Manchu has a strong loyal following and they were more than prepared for this show. In fact, instead of the usual moshing and crowd surfing, fans were really listening and taking it in by just banging their heads, screaming, singing and shaking their fists in the air. It wasn’t until the final song of DEVO’s “Freedom of Choice” did some start circling.
The music was heavy while the mood was light. To hear every song off King of the Road live was a dream to many there. The stoner rock/surfer looking musicians in their Vans blasted out one hit after another until the tide was out.
Push Button Magic
Godzilla (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
Set II: King of the Road
Hell on Wheels
Over The Edge
King of the Road
Blue Tile Fever
Freedom of Choice (DEVO cover)