Netherlands - Full Moon 74 - 10/21/02
Tivoli: a place. No Means No: an act.
Utrecht, July 2002
...and both must remain international music heritage.
Fast facts: NO MEANS NO means strong attitude. Means full action, intense blood and sweat
through the body. A rare gig these days with pasteurized showbizz performances. Truly solid
material like a precious rock. And Canadian, 100% as said at Mr.Wrong's T-shirt. He is the
co-founder of this already long time highly reputed powertrio band. Tivoli is a venue, an
enterprise nourished by an independent foundation that basically deals with music events in
Utrecht, geographic center of the Netherlands.
As their own website says, with 260 popcultural activities and an 180.000 attendance per
year, TIVOLI is among the top5 podiums in the lowlands. Paradiso or Melkweg in Amsterdam have
already made history. But some 50 km away in the fourth most populated Dutch city, Tivoli has
its charm too. Some Utrechters may prefer stages like ACU or Ekko because of their more
independence look-alike. In the end, you can't deny the importance of a hall that already
witnessed really great performances of the rock'n'roll world. Of course that there was also many
things that don't deserve a mention. Still, try to refuse recognition of names like New Model Army,
Queens Of The Stone Age, Marky Ramone & The Intruders, George Clinton & the Parliament, Tricky,
Skatalites, The White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Primus, Therapy?, Sebadoh, Mudhoney, Superchunk, Tad,
Nirvana as examples of artists who already made the happiness of many. And so did No Means No,
supported by the pretty nice compatriots of Removal, like they did a year ago at Doornsroosje in
Nijmegen, home of Bambix. By the way, Peter Dragt, the drummer from Duch trio GirlKickAss,
confess enormous admiration for the veteran Canadian colleague of sticks and did not miss the
opportunity of another lesson. He says that John Wright makes him fell like in need to go to a
conservatory. And this time, the Tivoli's audience could check even a jam in the (long like the
regular set) encore with the maple guys doing the essential "Hey hey my my". They were the crazy
punk horses going into the black!
Coincidentally, while writing and reminding about these testimonies, the ears were stimulated
through the pc audio by Harvest Moon (and whom can dare to say that Neil Young has only
one hit song, my friend from the days that used to be?) Not being closely related with the
agricultural life the only thing to say is that that specific lunar case is known to take place
thanks for a Chinese legend at its brightest moment during mid-autumn (i.e. the fifteenth day of
the eighth month of the lunar calendar). In the western north hemisphere calendar the precise
date changes year by year but it is approximately in september. So completing one more cycle,
get this full moon in a rich Luna Kafé navigation you harvesters of gladness.
And how not being happy while No Means No was playing for an incredible huge amount of
followers? And this for a tuesday and in a summer when every dutch uses to be abroad. No Means No
made the audience dance, sing along and pay the deserved attention as they're very much experts
to do with their loyal fans that apparently always show up to cheer up with them. Probably most
of that crowd preferred to postpone some days of their vacation for not losing such fun
If you want to see the playlist email the author who also might please you with some extra
pics of that No Means No's 100% NMN action.
Just back to Tivoli. Let's hope that such a building could still remain as an alternative
space even to be used by the upcoming new Tivoli which eventually seems to take (other) place
after a largely discussed change. A broader area shall be the end of so good moments by the Old
Canal. Yet, perhaps you can check how Fishbone and Flogging Molly for instance add to the gallery
of beautiful memories still taking place at the Tivoli's 100% traditional room. Let the moon keep
running, 100% cosmopolitan as the music must be.
Copyright © 2002 Laudo