The stage was situated
between two swimming pools
Matti Knaapi powering
mechanical drum machine
Jimi Tenor live at Koneisto
Turku, 5 August 2000.
Jimi Tenor's gig at Koneisto
(=Machinery) in Turku was one of the most popular ones
of the festival. And it actually featured some real
machinery, Jimi Tenor's and Matti Knaapi's instruments;
Sirkka the impressive mechanical drum machine, Vera
the automatic trombone and the Noisebox.
With the stage situated
between two swimming pools, the venue was somewhat unusual.
In such beautiful weather it was quite convenient though,
giving the audience a chance to chill out.
Matti Knaapi was seen
rushing through the festival area just moments before
the show, carrying an object of vast importance, an
oil drum. Having solved the mystery of the missing part
of the mechanical drum machine, all was ready for the
Jimi enters the stage
Nicole Willis and the
Sirkka's hammer banging
on the drum was joined by beats from Maurice Fulton's
turntables and the melody line from the beginning of
'A night in Loimaa' making up a majestic fanfare for
Jimi with his sax to enter the stage wearing a blue
glittery robe and his extravagant piece of headwear.
With Ilkka Mattila on guitar and Jimi's wife Nicole
Willis operating the vacuum cleaner-powered trombone
'Vera', the band was all set for the show.
Not many songs were played
from his new album. For obvious reasons though - it
would prove quite impossible to achieve satisfactory
arrangements of the orchestral material for a four piece
band. The ones heard now - 'Spell', 'Backbone of Night'
and 'Call of the Wild' - however, were well done. Well,
to be precise, 'Call of the Wild', was never done with
the orchestra in the first place.
'Total Devastation' got
the main set going followed by 'Spell'. Nicole picked
up the noisebox for a brilliant version of 'Call of
the Wild'. The vocal part started off with Jimi on lead
vocals, joined by Nicole later on. Ilkka Mattila contributed
some tasty guitar licks. 'Take me Baby' was nicely spiced
up with 'Vera' the trombone, after which the going was
slightly calmed down for a while by 'Backbone of Night'
and the beautiful 'My Mind'.
Maurice Fulton getting
Then came 'Sugardaddy'
thumping along which, with Maurice wildly elbowing and
socking the turntables, Ilkka throwing in some cool
twangy guitar stuff and Nicole cranking out sounds from
the Noisebox, brought the show towards its end.
It was quite evident that
everyone on stage enjoyed what they were doing. Jimi
supplied some outstanding sax solos, and put in a strong
vocal performance, backed up by his wife Nicole whose
great voice added a certain something to the whole throughout
the show. The audience, dancing around and in the pools,
liked what they heard too, and were rewarded with 'Year
of the Apocalypse' as an encore.