But the highlight of the weekend (and probably of any Music Midtown to date) was when Devo took the stage wearing its red energy domes and yellow jumpsuits. While the rest of the weekend was filled with corporate sponsorships and bands promoting their latest releases, Devo performed songs dating back to the late '70s and early '80s such as "Freedom Of Choice," "Whip It," "Jocko Homo," and "Uncontrollable Urge."
The band went through a couple of costume changes, such as when the paper jumpsuits were torn away to reveal tight black T-shirts, running shorts and kneepads (made all the more hilarious by the fact that most of the band members have gained a considerable amount of weight since their days on MTV). The band's encore included "Beautiful World" and saw Mark Mothersbaugh taking on the roll of Booji Boy, a demented choirboy-like character who threw bouncy balls into the audience and rambled on about a bird who suffered an untimely death after being the subject of such torturous activities as having beer spit on it by the other rock stars on the bill.
Maybe it was the fact that this was Devo's first Atlanta performance in more than 20 years, or just that the band's quirky sense of humor was clearly the strangest thing anyone had seen all weekend, but once the show was over it was hard to even recall anyone else's performance.
Folks, don't miss your chance to see rock-n-roll's greatest punk/new wave pioneers, the incomparable DEVO, in concert this August and September! Visit Club DEVO for tour dates and info.