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Insolence left fans hungry for more

By Sarah Quelland

I WENT TO SAN FRANCISCO last Wednesday (Feb. 21) to catch Insolence's return to the Bay Area at Maritime Hall with Insane Clown Posse and Marz. But the band was moved from the second to the first-time slot, and its short set was over by 8:20pm. Unfortunately, I only caught a few songs and was disappointed that the San Jose band (which has its Maverick Records debut, tentatively titled 15 oz., coming out May 22) didn't fully unleash its new material. In fact, it seemed like the blink-and-you-missed-it show was over as soon as it began. I suspect the band cut its own set short since it appeared unhappy about the bad sound situation.

Since I was in San Francisco anyway, I decided to try to get into the sold-out Willie Nelson concert at the Fillmore. Luck was with me, and as I walked into the historic club, the country legend was dazzling the audience with his warm rendition of "Georgia on My Mind." It was so surreal to go from Maritime Hall. with the war-painted ICP crowd preparing for battle, to the Fillmore packed with Nelson's nonthreatening, but just as enthusiastic, fans. Nelson's appeal spans generations and cultural boundaries. I've yet to meet one person who doesn't respect his remarkable abilities. Though I attended the concert alone, Nelson's timeless music made for excellent company, and I felt like I was in a room filled with kindred spirits. He manages to satisfy all his audience's unspoken song requests while still throwing in some surprises. His generous set list included "On the Road Again," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain," "Seven Spanish Angels," "Still Is Still Movin' to Me," "City of New Orleans," "Me and Paul," "Milk Cow Blues," "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" and "I Never Cared for You," along with new songs that might be titled "Gypsy" and "Lost in the Great Divide." Almost 68 years old, the unassuming songwriter absolutely charms his audiences.

Last time I saw Jerry Cantrell was in December when he jumped onstage with Swarm at Paradise Lounge. He was sporting a grizzly beard and looked like a lanky Gregg Allman. Last Thursday (Feb. 22), a clean-shaven Cantrell performed at the Usual flanked by M.I.R.V.'s Brian Kehoe on guitar, Robert Trujillo (known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne) on bass, Faith No More's Mike Bordin on drums and members of Comes With the Fall, an impressive band that unexpectedly served as main support. Solo, Cantrell still delivers that dark Alice in Chains sound, and the confident guitarist played material from Boggy Depot, songs from his forthcoming album, AiC hits ("Heaven Beside You," "Got Me Wrong," "Them Bones") and a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

It's with great sadness that I end this column on a tragic note. An important member of the South Bay's music community, "Rockin' Rob" Dapello, passed away last Saturday night (Feb. 24) at the Cactus Club. He was 33. Dapello, a notable writer for Zero Magazine and member of the band Uncle Lucifer, was at the club, like always, supporting local musicians. He was watching his friends Krenshaw perform from the stairs by the stage when he complained of feeling nauseous and quickly passed out. Early reports say he suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. A nurse and medical technician attending the show tried to revive him before the paramedics arrived. According to eyewitnesses, the paramedics made every effort to save him and were still trying to revive Dapello as they wheeled him out of the club. Apparently he never regained consciousness. Dapello is survived by his mother Minna Dapello and his brother Lars Frederiksen of Rancid and Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. Zero is organizing a farewell tribute show for March 18. Call Larry Trujillo at 408.971.8511 for details.

PLAN AHEAD: Dread Zeppelin and Triplex, Mar. 1 at the Usual; NMSO4, Prop 808, the Stoned Messiahs and Fleshole, Mar. 1 at the Cactus Club; NOFX, Mar. 1 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz; Setacide, Shortie, Caiba and Down2None,Mar. 2 at the Cactus; Kofy Brown, Mar. 2 at the Icon Supperclub in Palo Alto; Anton Schwartz, Mar. 2 at Agenda's Cellar; Slow Gherkin, O.P.M. and the Plus Ones, Mar. 2 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz; Carpet Room, Mar. 2 at the Bean Scene in Sunnyvale; Willie's Conception, Floppy Rods, Monkey and Funkranomicon, Mar. 3 at the Cactus; Phatty Patty, Mar. 3 at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale; Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Mar. 3 at the Warfield in San Francisco; 40 Grit, Movement and others, Mar. 3 at the Pound in San Francisco; Mar. 4 at the Gaslighter Theater in Campbell; Alien Crime Syndicate and Chris Landon Band, Mar. 4 at Fuel; Dr. Madd Vibe, Mar. 5 at the Cactus; Lon Lopez and Dave Ray, Mar. 6 at Fuel.

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From the March 1-7, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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