Live review: Bob Log III @ the Marquis TheaterBy Reverb Staff | December 1st, 2011 | No Comments »
Boobs were dipped in scotch, one fan took an accidental swan dive into the music equipment and Bob Log III managed to play slide guitar, drums and sing while balancing three women on his lap.
Those are just a few of the highlights from Log’s show at the Marquis Theater last night, and if that sounds absurd, then Log’s show was a success. The one-man band has the appearance of a blues guitar virtuoso who took a wonky turn along his musical path, choosing sloppy chops on Silvertone guitars instead of the B.B. King route. And beyond Log’s playing style, which is fast and loose fingerpicking blues guitar showmanship, lays one hell of a stage performer.
The crowd had already been turned on by Denver bands Champagne Charlie, Bonnie and the Beard, and Broken Spirits by the time Log made the first noises on his guitar from the green room, teasing along his fans until he finally emerged from behind the curtain. And from that point on he didn’t slow down in his notorious sparkly blue one-piece suit and telephone-receiver-outfitted-helmet.
Log’s sense of humor shone through his entire set as he laughed off rowdy fans jumping on stage – they even knocked over his equipment on more than one occasion – and introduced tracks with personality such as “Goddamn Sounds Good” being about how “goddamn good it sounds.” Log reached out to the crowd for a drink during “Boob Scotch,” a song about stirring drinks with human breasts, and ended up with two willing participants while also stirring a scotch, himself.
It was a raucous performance, but beyond the stage presence was a talented musician managing drums, guitar and vocals while still putting on one of the most enjoyable shows Denver’s seen in a while. So when Log walked off the stage at what seemed the midpoint of his last song with his drum machine looping again and again and again, the crowd – and even the sound guy – didn’t know what to think. Everyone waited, hoping the one-man entertainment spectacle might pop back out from behind the curtain one more time to tie things off. He didn’t, though. And while a stunt like that might piss off most crowds, it seemed like everyone in attendance found it a more suitable ending than the typical encore.
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