Mini-party for Moist

New album cuts highlight Rivoli show


JAM! Showbiz

TORONTO - Moist played a mini-gig Monday at the trendy Rivoli Club on Queen Street West and about 400 fans, media and industry types showed up to hear the Creature. That's the title of the Vancouver fivesome's sophomore CD and the expectations for the 12-song effort by the band's fans and its record company are high as it hits stores Oct. 1.

Though the show lasted but eight songs and barely an hour, it was energetic and featured the high-intensity wailing of lead singer David Usher as well as the head-slamming keyboardist Kevin Young, who is a bizarre combination of AC/DC's Angus Young and Dr. Frankenstein.

After the band played Silver and Push, its two big hits from 1994's triple-platinum debut, Silver, they played Leave It Alone, a slightly quieter tune from the new album, which is beginning to get regular airplay.

To close the set, the band did a medley which included snippets from Mettalica's Enter Sandman and a raunchy rendition of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.

After the set, the band mingled with the throng before heading down the street to see the Matthew Good Band - "another good Candian band," according to Usher - at the Horseshoe Tavern

Moist will be not only seeing but also playing with yet another great Canadian band as they hit the road with Neil Young Oct. 22 for a 10-show, cross-Canada tour that begins, ironically enough, in their old hometown of Vancouver (GM Place) and ends Nov. 7 in their new hometown of Montreal (Molson Centre).

Opening for the Canadian rock legend Young will no doubt be a huge thrill for the band despite having played with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Green Day.

"It's a chance to see 10 Neil Young shows," guitarist Mark Makowy quipped in a Sept. 27 interview with The Calgary Sun.

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