Last weekend the wild guys of Foxy Shazam treated Chicago to one last show of the year. It was their fifth time in Chicago, after opening for fellow rockers The Darkness, headlining a gig at Subterranean, taking over the Wicker Park street festival, opening for Slash, and then this one last time again headlining at the Bottom Lounge.
The guys of Foxy were on point and crazy as ever. Each musician in this outfit brings a unique look and vibe to the band's stage presence. Where most Rock bands are guided by the power and shredding of electric guitars, Foxy Shazam offers a crowd surfing keyboarding, a trumpet tossing backup singer, a bassist whose hair should have it's own dressing room, and the absurd banter and gymnastics of a singer unlike any other on the scene today. They are not readily categorized or explained. Their show truly is an experience fans of Punk, Indie, Rockabilly, Metal, and Rock should see.
It was a sold out show, but the fan energy in the room was not quite as rabid as past shows. Perhaps fans were just frozen from the chilly winter temps or perhaps people were saving their big hurrah for the annual New Year's Eve countdown and indulging the next night. When singer Eric Nally asked for a drink, nobody offered one up (poor fella). When he asked for a smoke, disappointingly he only got one cigarette. This means he did not do his insane smoke twenty cigarettes and then eat them trick. It never gets old.
Based out of Ohio, the guys play Chicago several times a year. Each time, they seem to pack bigger venues. Their on stage antics always amuse, their music is pure Rock 'n' Roll fun. A good time not to be missed. Click on the slideshow and video to see the guys in action, as photographed by Brigette Sullivan/Outer Focus Photos.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
A Dangerous Man
Bombs Away / Bye Bye Symphony
The Only Way to My Heart...
Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll
I Like It
NO! Don't Shoot
The Temple (ending)