Review By: Timbo Jones
Quick story, the last time The Meatmen played in Montreal was in 1986. I missed the show by mere weeks as I moved back here from the east coast. I was, to put it mildly, pissed. I had been a fan for about 3 or 4 years by that point.
So for years and years, no matter where in this country I lived, I waited and waited to hear the words “The Meatmen are playing!”
It never happened.
‘Til a few months ago, a buddy said to me “I hear The Meatmen are coming to town”. I was stunned and thought “ahh, probably just a rumour”.
Then it was confirmed.
So then it was just a matter of time. I had waited almost 30 years to see them and it was finally gonna happen.
It was part of Pouzzafest, and they were direct support for The Dwarves. There was a total of 10 bands on the roster for the evening, and for my old bones, that’s just too long to be standing up and perhaps imbibing a beverage or 2.
So I got there and The Meatmen were onstage, perhaps a song or 2 into their set, and the place was jumpin’. Tesco was sportin’ this red satin ensemble that resembled a bullfighter’s outfit. They roared through their set, which included some new stuff like Dinosaur and The Dwarves Are The 2nd Greatest Band In The World, as well as standards like Pope On A Rope, Meatmen Stomp, We’re The Meatmen And You Suck, Triple B and Shut Up And Suck.
The between song banter, which mainly consisted of Tesco and bass player Dan Gillies (aka Biff Baloney, aka Danny Dirtbag), was made up of the usual brand of Tesco hilarity, and that’s never disappointing.
The band was tight and sounded great, and when I found out that it was guitarist Kevin Robert’s (aka Hindu Kush) 2nd show with the band, I was no less than amazed. He played as if he’d been there for ages.
They’ve been around for 30+ years, so see ‘em while ya can. Easily one of the best and most fun bands around. Don’t miss ‘em if you get the chance!