Thursday, July 9, 1998
by Don Culpepper
Two weeks later after the first Creatures show at the El Rey, I am still estatic. Having trouble sleeping because I was so aroused druing the 3 shows in LA.
Here are my perspectives: A different feel each night and all were totally hot. Here goes:
El Rey Theatre July 9, 98. OK, I missed the first 5 songs due to my bowling league, but once I got there, I knew it was a special LA event. With Siouxsie and any other cool group, there are so many fans secondary to the size of LA and its surroundings. Since this concert had only a same day notice, it was not sold out. Us hard core Sioux fans were in Xtasy to see her and Budgie in such a small setting, and not even close to sold out. It's a chance to be close to our beloved without all the pushing and shoving usually associated with an LA show. I am going to catagorize Sioux's appearance and demeanor that night as a "diva", receiving accollades and being the nice entertainer. Her presence was strong, and in my opinion, the best songs were 2 new ones, Exterminating Angel, and Prettiest thing. This night was also the first night the horn section got to play with Sioux. It was cool, in the fact that Boomerang songs as well as Right Now were perforned that night. Two drag queens helped out during Right Now. It was a cool moment, but in my circle, drag queens are so pase', that it lost some of its impact on me. I truly appreciate when Sioux does something different with her shows one from the other.
The first show at the Palace was on July 14. Took two of my dyke girlfriends who love the Creatures and a hot guy also. The girls wanted to sit during the show, so we witnessed the show from the balcony. It was great, and Exterminating Angel again was a big hit. All 4 of us found John Cale to be boring, except during the encore when he played violin during Venus in Furs. Sioux was very playful, and during the set, she came out in tight PVC, brassiere with midline exposed, and a cowboy hat. She was very sexual on stage, and it reminded me of the first of 2 shows of SATB during the Peekaboo tour at the Universal Ampitheatre. She writhed around the stage that night also like a cat in heat. The second night on the Peekaboo tour, she was very different, and not sexual at all.
The second night at the Palace in Hollywood, I found to be the best of the 3 nights. Again, Sioux was in touch with her sexuality. Two events come to mind: First during Prettiest thing, an Italian chick pulled off her top and bounced her tits around. At the end of the song, Siouxsie said "Gracias Amiga" And during the first encore of Venus in Furs, 2 hot men (I suppose gay, and that is a good bet since I have a keen sense of gaydar) carried Sioux out to the stage, and then they assumed an all 4's stance: ie on hands and knees, like table and chairs. Well Sioux writhed on both of them, and never missed a beat. I agree with previous comments: She and Budgie are true artists. During Standing There, she brought a chubby 12 year old girl out of the audience, and this young girl was very animated, and was quite the showgirl. After the song, Sioux hugged this girl for at least 30 seconds, and then said "I want to take you home with me." It was really touching, and not a side of Sioux one usually gets to see. This night, she also did Right Now, but it was lame, as the two girls from the audience she picked to do the "RIGHT NOW" Chorus were not good at all. This night the "Israel" drum was not there. Did Budgie bust it the night before? If he did, I didn't notice it.
Siouxsie: Thank you. I am so happy to see you excited about your work again. I do not miss the Banshees at all now. I know you have within yourself the energy and imagination to continue on as the Creatures and to give us our sioux fix. Please don't wait so long to come back to present yourself to us. I am so impressed. Love, Don
by Adrian Maestas
Hey there, I was at the Coven 13 show last night, and well, for one thing, the El Rey Theatre is by far the best venue for a Creatures show yet. The place has a sunken dance floor with red lights all around it, and chandeliers all around the perimiter and one big one in the middle. A different set list this time (didn't write it down), but the crowd was really great. The best dressers yet in california. These people know how to dress. They were really into it, but you could tell they didn't know what the hell was going on cause they didn't recognize any of the new material. They started the show with Disconnected, which sounded great, and then went into 2nd Floor. After that, I don't remember, but it was neat to see what they did without John Cale. Not too many differences, but a great set. At the end, they brought out a 3 piece horn section !!! She said they just got there, and it made me wonder if they are gonna be in Hollywood next week ?!?!?!? Then they did Standing there, Killing Time (which sounded like a dream), and then Budgie was all for playing on, but Siouxsie seemed like she was done, and she walked over to Budgie, and they talked about what to play, and then Budgie just went right into the amazing drumming for Strutting Rooster. The Horn guys stayed on and did what they could. They played a neat version of... gosh I can't remember the name right now what song it was, but they came out with 2 trasvestites and had a grand time. The last song was Pluto Drive. All in all, a great show, especially when the Big Bass Drum kept falling over cause Budgie was hitting it so hard !!! I wish they had played longer, but Siouxsie looked like she was finished during the 2nd encore. Cant wait for the Hollywood shows !!!