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TOUR DATES (*=New Dates)

Friday 6/6/03 Chicago IL Halsted YMCA
Thursday 7/3/03 Nashville TN Dancin’ in the District
Saturday 7/5/03 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheater
*Friday 7/11/03 Norfolk VA The Boathouse
Saturday 8/23/03 Del Mar CA Thoroughbred Club


PRESALE Ticket Info for Norfolk VA – THE BOATHOUSE
RE: Chicago
RE: Video Compilation Reopen
VF at St James Review
Violent Femmes: Norfolk Presale 6/6/2003
PRESALE tickets for the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA go on sale at 10am FRIDAY!
You have the chance to buy tickets before the public on-sale. Tickets are $18.50.
>>do u know how long they are playing for on the 6th in Chicago?

The Chicagoland Pontiac Dealers & Pepsi present the Q101 Block Party!
Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at the New City YMCA (1515 N.
Halsted at the intersection of Halsted & Clybourn.) Tickets are only $12 in
advance! (day of the shows they go to $20 at the gate!) Performing on the
Bud Light Music Stage: -Friday: The Violent Femmes, with The Flaming Lips,
Ben Kweller & the Starlight Mints. Gates open at 4:30pm each day. Curfew at
11pm. The Q101 Block Party will benefit the New City YMCA and the Matt
White Cure ALS Foundation. Rain or shine, bring your blankets for the grass.
No coolers allowed. Great food and TONS of cold beer and drinks will be

Listen up Midwest – Summerfest is booked and I don’t see VF. This IS
the big gig.

RE: VF Comp
VF comp I have something to contribute but
there is a a slight problem. I have an original
copy of “No, Let’s Start Over” only it’s PAL
format and I have no way of converting it. Does
anybody have any idea how I can get it converted
to US format?

VF at St James
The Violent Femmes at the St James

06.05.2003 By GRAHAM REID
Even without being cajoled or browbeaten by anthems and
flag waving, we are loyal in this country. How else to explain
our ongoing affection for Ben Harper – who has toured so
often he might as well be a resident – and the Violent Femmes?
Few in the large and enthusiastic audience at the St James on
Sunday could probably name the Femmes’ last album (it was
Freak Magnet of three years ago) but we love their acoustic
-driven sing-along songs which, in the case of Blister in Sun
and Gone Daddy Gone, now date from two decades ago.
So there we were with our hands in the air and, on a Rod
Stewart kind of night, singing their songs back to them. It
was hard not to: “Let me go on, like a blister in the sun … ”
After a confident set from Goldenhorse which lacked only
in projection, then some cool Perry Como to set the mood,
the Wisconsin three-piece came on to huge applause and,
in my area anyway, a Mt Etna-sized blast of sweet smoke.
This was an audience out to enjoy itself – and the Femmes
didn’t disappoint in a smoothly honed show which touched
all the right points, allowed for a couple of slow songs
around the midpoint so people could get a drink, and
finished off with a tidy, 10-minute encore.
Their concessions to age appear to be shorter hair,
drummer Victor DeLorenzo’s bald spot “and two of
them now wear glasses”, as a very smiley guy near me
observed. But their best songs remain timeless.
The appeal of the music is its simplicity. At times it has
an almost country and western flavour, at others hard-
wired folk or punk-pop. And Please Do Not Go has a
light reggae shuffle. It’s the kind of music you feel you
not only can sing but could probably play. There’s also
a dark quality to the lyrics (Country Death Song) which
appeals to us.
In many ways it was a show without surprises, except
when they brought on a four-piece horn section (Horns
of Dilemma) and I commented that you could imagine
the Mutton Birds playing this particular song. When
they introduced the Horns the Birds’ Don McGlashan
took a bow. And for a ripping Gone Daddy Gone
Brian Ritchie took the vibes and let another (former)
Kiwi, Bones Hillman of Midnight Oil, take over on bass.
With catchy songs, singer Gordon Gano’s appealingly
petulant whine and stand-up drummer DeLorenzo
dancing around his kit, it was a night that lived up to
expectation. You suspect if they came back in 10
years for another tour (their sixth?) we’d still come
out in droves. We are loyal. Keep it that way.

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