Words by: Martin Halo :: Images by: Rod Snyder

Fishbone :: 05.03.07 :: Rocks Off Concert Cruise :: New York, NY

Angelo C. Moore - Fishbone :: 05.03 :: Rocks Off
A boat rocks slightly while docked at Pier 81 along Manhattan's West Side Highway. Aboard, momentarily hiding below deck is a band that's earned reverence by mixing reggae, punk and ska into a bombastic live stew of adrenaline pumped hysteria. With reggae thumping through the hull, we were underway and the towering skyline of New York City slowly creeps past as the vessel of decadence floats down the Hudson River.

At around 9:00 p.m., with the backdrop of a packed cabin and glistening, warmed tube amps, Fishbone emerged to a faithful congregation. The atmosphere was tribal as Angelo C. Moore (vox/sax) launched into "Unyielding Conditioning" backed by John Norwood Fisher (bass), John Steward (drums), John McKnight (trombone, guitar), Rocky George (guitar), De Andre Gipson (keyboards) and Curtis Storey Jr. (trumpet).

Rocky George - Fishbone :: 05.03 :: Rocks Off
"Everyday Sunshine" followed with a dominating island groove. Guitarist Rocky George strummed chords as his overgrown afro squashing against the low ceiling. The crowd pulsated, surfing bodies and balcony divers overpowering the floor. "There is a party on this boat," exclaimed Moore, who sported camouflage pants held on by suspenders.

Fisher laid down thick gritty bass lines, forging hypnotic obedience, the entire crowd under his spell. "Face Plant (Scorpion Back Pinch)" followed with Moore leaping into the pit, still singing as he moshed and surfed. With joints being passed and the alcohol flowing like a raging river, Fishbone entertained with the bounce of "Beer Gut." The horn section was stellar, ripping brass lines in raw arrangements. Their tone is aggressive, crude, and unadulterated. No slow songs, no ballads, just straightforward punk-based stuff.

Angelo C. Moore - Fishbone :: 05.03 :: Rocks Off
The performance was so engaging the fact we were floating towards the mouth of the Hudson was an afterthought. The Statue of Liberty towered gallantly over the ship and Manhattan looked magnificent. The night sky was crisp and clear and the water calm as a millpond. Inside, the air was thick with delirium, beer being chucked off the balcony while the pit overflowed onto the stage.

Moore took it in stride by leaping back into the crowd. The set progressed featuring "Party With Saddam" off 2007's Still Stuck in Your Throat, "Spank n' Go Nuts" and "Karma Tsunami."

After taking a short break, Fishbone returned with Moore exhorting us to "fuck shit up until this boat docks." The encore included a Theremin tease of Sabbath's "Iron Man" and "Alcoholic." Moore and company lashed into "Date Rape." The Sublime cover made folks savor and squeeze every last moment out of the evening. The band capped things off with "Let Dem Ho's Fight" and "Bonin' in the Boneyard." Whoever decided to book this one, hats off to you!

Angelo C. Moore - Fishbone :: 05.03 :: Rocks Off
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Tomfoolery Tue 6/12/2007 01:30PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 6/12/2007 01:51PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Rocks off Boat Cruises rule. I saw World Inferno Friendship Society on this over Halloween and it ruled. And anythign goes on these boats too. Seriously. It's not like the bouncers can kick you off when your on a boat in the water.

paulygparty Tue 6/12/2007 02:00PM
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I want some Lemon Meringue pie out in California.

dedhed6111 Wed 6/13/2007 06:17AM
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i don't know about throwing in the towel. I haven't seen them in a few years, but at jazzfest 2004, they certainly ripped it up and down, I was impressed out the wazoo

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/14/2007 09:07AM
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Ned8 starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/15/2007 12:43PM
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Fishbone had so much to do with so many insofar As influence. It is nice to see that they are still wowing folks. Having worked for them for a bit, this review made me happy. Twalsh; they have had bad nights and great nights but you cannot deny their effect on popular music. They have not been credited and in fact, have not gotten their due. Their shows are high impact and so to is their lifestyle but they can move the masses and stir a lot in the process. Go see them again and Im sure you will agree they don't need to throw in the towell. They need to be re-discovered.... Go Dr. Mad Vibe

alw7 Fri 6/15/2007 05:14PM
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I'm gonna start a fire here by asking;what,no mention of Fishbone finishing moe.s encore at the Highline that night. I've never seen Fishbone before,but there was a lot of energy in that room.

mickrod420 starstarstarstar Sun 6/17/2007 05:26PM
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i saw fishbone come out with moe. that week. They rocked the house.

sandoz Mon 6/25/2007 09:16AM
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The F-bone baby!!!