Review and photos by Mary Rehak.
What was your first concert? Don’t you kind of wish you could say it was Devo? ACL Live saw some kids Sunday who will be able to brag about that in fifteen years to impress their peers. Yes, people brought babies to this show. A good portion of the audience was the right age to have been babies when Devo was first popular, and they and their parent’s generation came out in droves to see one of the most indelibly iconic acts of the late ’70s and early ’80s.
For the packed crowd at ACL Live just two days ago, the show was a long time coming. Last fall, fans of Devo were understandably crushed to hear that the band’s Fun Fun Fun Fest set was canceled, only a week before they were slated to appear at Waterloo Park. Austin booking company Transmission Entertainment promised they would bring them back, and Sunday night brought sweet validation.
Opening for Devo were local, beloved indie electronic rockers, The Octopus Project. Their trippy, auditory kaleidoscope was a fitting whet to the Devo fans, who cheered them on while still obviously rabidly anticipating the main act. Trademark Devo hats filled the audience, and a themed photo booth outside saw long lines of people eager to pose for a keepsake pic while waiting. When Devo hit the stage, the room roared, and fans both young and old danced and sang along. The entire evening had an air of nostalgia, and people will be talking about the time they saw Devo at ACL Live for a long time.
(Devo performed at ACL Live in Austin, Texas on March 27, 2011)