'short review' is by Steve Feigenbaum, the president of Cuneiform Records (5/28/00)
Last night I was invited to go see the reformed Happy The Man do a dress rehearsal in front of a very very small audience of the set that they
will be playing at their two upcoming shows [State Theatre - Falls Church, VA on
Thurs. June 8th and NEARfest].
They ran through everything without stopping, I guess to check the flow & the
Some of you may have experienced reformations, & know that even with the best
of intentions, when bands reform, they are not always able to capture the essence of what they previously had....
I am *happy* to report that Happy The Man are really and truely back! I saw them about 20 times between about 1974-76, & last night was really them!
They have captured the essence of what they were!
I suspect that the guys would not want me to post the set list; I think that that is supposed to be a surprise, but I will say that there was a real
nice, tasty selection of tunes mostly drawn from the 2 Arista titles, as well as
five new songs, which were of quite high quality.
Everyone was playing well & new keyboardist David Rosenthal fit in excellently.
If you like the band & like those albums, I can't imagine anyone being anything
other than REALLY happy with the show you're going to see.
For those of you who are already going to NEARfest - you're all in for a treat!
For the rest of you, you might really want to consider making an effort to see them at their State Theatre debut.